Helping children, families and communities thrive.
Behavioral health is key to your overall health. It includes how people think, feel and act.
People with good behavioral health can navigate life, have positive relationships and adapt to change. Poor mental health can lead to substance use disorder and other problems.
Stigma stops people from asking for services or support. That can lead to death. If you know someone with mental health problems, you can help them:
- Seek treatment if they need it.
- Connect with people.
- Join a support group.
- Seek mental health resources.
If you struggle with mental health, you’re not alone. Pierce County surveys show:
- In 2017: 26% of people over 18 had 1-13 poor mental health days per month.
- In 2018: People averaged 4 poor mental health days per month. The state average is 3.8.
- 12% have frequent mental distress.
These things contribute to behavioral health:
- Social connections.
- Trauma (ACEs).
- Your environment.
- Physical health.
- Health Equity.
- Substance abuse.
How you can get help.
|Emergency medical services||Call 911|
|Crisis Line||(800) 273-8255 (Veterans, press 1)
Text: 741741, then hit "Send."
|Suicide Lifeline||(800) 273-8255 (TALK)|
|Safer homes, suicide aware||Click here.|
|Trans Lifeline||(877) 565-8860|
|Trevor Project (LGBTQ)||(866) 488-7386|
|Addiction recovery||(866) 789-1511|
|Treatment referral||(877) 726-4727|
- Youth behavioral health infographic.
- Pierce County mental health fact sheet.
- Addressing mental health and substance use disorder in Pierce County.
- Youth suicide prevention (blog).
- Department of Health injury-related death dashboard. You can sort by county.
- Whole-person health (blog).
- Mental Health America.
- NAMI (Pierce County).
- June is Men's Health Month.
- A 5-minute guide to men's mental health.
- 5 myths that keep men from fighting depression.
- For WA State healthcare providers: Perinatal mental health consultation line.