You’re Not Alone – Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

Last updated: May 12, 2021, at 7:54 a.m. PT

Originally published: May 12, 2021, at 7:00 a.m. PT

Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of people are affected by mental illness each year. Across the country, many people just like you work, perform, create, compete, laugh, love and inspire every day. 

Mental Health Awareness month is a great time to check in with yourself and your family. About one in five Americans report experiencing mental illness, and about 17 percent of teens experience a mental health disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness

It’s normal to want and need support for your mental health. Some people think that seeking counseling isn’t for them, but the truth is that taking the first step to taking care of your mind is a sign of great strength. It is a sign that you are ready to give yourself the tools you need to work with yourself, rather than against. There’s no better time to be on your own team.  

If you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s easy to feel alone and isolated. In fact, feeling isolated is even sometimes a symptom. For some, the first step in feeling less alone is finding other people who have felt the same way you do. You can begin this journey by exploring the personal stories on NAMI’s website or find other online communities.  

The next step is to reach out. Finding a licensed counselor is an important step in helping yourself or your child get tools, learn about yourself and make a plan for long term healing.  

Are you ready to take the next step?

The Y is here for you with counseling services that span mental health, substance use, and psychiatric care for people of all ages in King County. Flexible options include both remote and in-person counseling to meet you where you are at. 

Preventing Suicide Together  

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in King County. At the Y, we’re building a community of parents, educators, and counselors to reverse this troubling trend. Learn more by watching one of our suicide prevention videos led by local experts on topics such as: What Causes Anxiety and Depression?, How to Stop the Suicide Spiral, and Learning Healthy Coping Skills.  

Learn more about our range of mental health services through our Social Impact Center.

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