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May 1, 2024

Key messages

  • Good behavioral health improves your overall health.
  • National increase in meningococcal disease hasn’t reached Washington.
  • The Board of Health will meet for a retreat today.


How is your mental health?

Behavioral health includes how you think, feel and act. People with good behavioral health navigate life, have positive relationships, and adapt to change.

  • If you struggle with mental health, you’re not alone.
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a great opportunity to check in on your wellbeing.
  • Poor mental health can lead to substance use disorder and other problems.
  • Learn more and find resources on our website.

Questions? Email Elizabeth Allen at

No increase in meningococcal disease in Washington

You may have heard about an increase across the nation in invasive serogroup Y meningococcal disease. It is a serious infection that requires medical attention.

  • At first, symptoms feel like having the flu. But, when untreated, symptoms can quickly worsen.
  • We issued an advisory to healthcare providers informing them to keep an eye out for cases.
  • We haven’t seen an increase in meningococcal disease here in Washington.
  • The nationwide increase in cases is disproportionately affecting people who are:
    • 30–60 years old.
    • Black or African American.
    • Living with HIV.

You can learn more in this Your Reliable Source blog.   

Board of Health retreat today, May 1

The Board of Health will hold a retreat today, May 1, to discuss strategic planning.

  • You can find the agenda online.
  • The Board will have its regular monthly meeting May 15.

Questions? Email Pat Darden at

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