May is Mental Health Month

A message from Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer

May is Mental Health Month and as we have seen year over year, mental health continues to be a growing concern in our county and communities. More than half of American adults will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. We are seeing a growing concern over children’s mental health as well. Many of us, including me, have been impacted by mental illness, either personally or with someone we are close to. The last thing I want is for anyone – whether they are colleagues, family, friends, or strangers – to struggle alone and in silence or not know where to turn for help.

If you are concerned about mental health, there are several options available. For support with mental health for you or a loved one, consider reaching out to a mental health professional covered by King County’s insurance benefits, or to one of our King County Employee Assistance Program mental health counselors. Watch the Balanced You blog, Employee News email, Wellness Wednesday, and common areas at worksites for more information this month on programs and resources that promote mental health and emotional well-being.