Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. And just like you sometimes need physical health care, sometimes you need extra support to take care of your mental health too. Mental health problems are common and treatable. Learn how to get the care you need or how to support the people around you.
Start by contacting the mental health providers of your choice, and select a provider you want to work with, the following may be options for your care:
If you don't have private insurance coverage for mental health care, there are still options for you. You may be eligible for Medicaid (also called Apple Health) or other programs that can help cover the costs of mental health treatment. Learn more at Washington HealthPlan Finder.
Immediate help is available during a mental health crisis, by phone, text, online chat, or in-person:
Mental health affects how you think, feel, and act. It affects how you make choice, relate to others, and handle stress. During your lifetime, you or someone close to you might experience mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or substance use disorder order.
These resources can help you learn more.
Support from friends and family can make a big difference for someone with a mental health disorder. Talking to a loved one is a chance to provide information, support, and guidance. If a friend or family member is reaching out to you for help or showing signs of a mental health problem, you can:
Get more tips for talking about mental health.
People with serious disorders, such as mental illnesses, are often viewed negatively by others, because they may appear to think and act differently. Mental illness can cause difficulties with trust, anxiety, hallucinations, and other symptoms. But 1 in 5 people experience mental health illness every year. And people with serious mental illnesses deserve understanding, kindness, and respect in same way as any other person with a serious illness. Learn ways that you can help fight mental health stigma.
We work together with local agencies to fill in gaps in our community's system so that mental health care is more easily available for anyone in our community who needs it. We don't provide treatment, but where state or federal funds don't pay for mental health care – particularly for people without insurance – we help make sure services are provided.