Back to school mental health

Some information from this article is repurposed from Mental Health America (MHA).  It is that time of year when teachers are busily getting their classrooms ready for the drove of students to enter, parents and caregivers are gathering school supplies, and students are picking out their first day outfits. It is an exciting time, but... Continue Reading →

BIPOC Mental Health Month: Accessing culturally responsive mental health care 

Balanced You recognizes the resiliency and strength within the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. We also recognize that one’s background and identities can present unique experiences, specific barriers, and opportunities to accessing mental health support; BIPOC and underrepresented communities face additional barriers including structural racism, access to quality care, and cultural stigmas. ... Continue Reading →

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month

Balanced You is recognizing BIPOC Mental Health Month this month and sharing some tools and resources for addressing and supporting the mental health needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Established in 2008 in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell, the formally recognized National Minority Mental Health Awareness month was created to bring awareness to the... Continue Reading →

Introducing Burnout & Resiliency online training

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when every facet of our county had to pivot into a new way of working and serving our community, Balanced You has led live trainings around burnout and resiliency. Burnout and compassion fatigue are conditions that can lead to long-term mental and physical health problems and can impact... Continue Reading →

Mental health accommodations for King County employees

King County is committed to supporting employees with mental health conditions in the workplace. For many people, employment is an essential part of our identity, well-being and mental and physical health. Employment provides a sense of purpose and allows us to build connections with others. Fostering a culture that promotes self-care and focuses on mental... Continue Reading →

Mental Health Month: The outdoors and nature

Spending time in nature is linked to many positive mental health outcomes – improved focus, lower stress, better mood, and reduced risk of developing a mental health condition. Most studies on nature and well-being look at green spaces like parks and forests, but researchers are also beginning to look at blue spaces – places with... Continue Reading →

Mental Health Month: Creating a healthy home environment

Mental Health Month is celebrated in May of each year. This year, Mental Health America has focused Mental Health Month on encouraging us to "Look around, Look within,” sharing suggestions on ways to improve our surroundings in order to improve our mental health, and how to seek help for mental health challenges.

How to find a mental health care provider

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Mental health care has become a growing priority for many people’s well-being. As a King County Employee, you have access to comprehensive health care coverage, including mental health coverage. Balanced You recognizes... Continue Reading →

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