May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Raising Awareness for the Whole Person

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, join us in raising awareness and reducing the stigma on mental health. At Compass Health, we know that mental health is one part of the whole person. We integrate behavioral health and medical care services to support clients and communities when and where they need us most.

One this page you will find resources to help you start the conversation and find support, a mental health tool kit including worksheets, helpful information, and tips, and a look into the history of mental health. 

What is Mental Health?

As defined by Medical News Today,”Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave.”

 

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If you too are experiencing mental health challenges, you can seek help and support. There are services and support for what you are experiencing.

OUR SERVICES

 

You are not alone if you have experienced emotional abuse. Learn more about how to access our services, so you can find support.

HOW TO ACCESS OUR SERVICES

 

Joining the conversation starts with kids. Take some time to talk to the youth in your life about mental health and be part of the positive change.

ABOUT YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

 

It is important to seek help and support while experiencing a major loss. One place to start is with Mental Health America’s interactive tool.

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Mental Health Tool Kit

Maintaining positive mental health, starts with having the right tools and resources. Here you will find worksheets and handouts, as well as other resources that help promote your mental health and support you as a whole person.

Mental Health America’s Tools2Thrive Handouts and Worksheets:

Mental Health First Aid 

Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Learn more and sign up for a training.

Mental Health Home Tips

Taking care of your mental health can start at home. Here are 5 Mental Health Home Tips that will help you promote positive mental health.

Mental Health First Aid

You can be the one to make a difference in someone’s life. Mental Health First Aid is global movement to improve mental health awareness and provide the skills to help people make a difference in their communities. These classes help you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. You learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Learn more about our Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid classes taught by certified instructors.

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Milestones for Mental Health

1946 – National Mental Health Act 

The National Mental Health Act was signed into law on July 3, 1946. This act made mental health of the people a federal priority. It was through this act that a new form of diagnosis and treatment was created to help those facing mental health challenges. It also helped discover that more mental health patients benefit from an evaluation and treatment plan versus being institutionalized, changing the way we care for mental health.

1963 – Community Mental Health Act

The Community Mental Health Act was signed into law on October 31, 1963. This law changed the way mental health is treated and inspired optimism for mental healthcare across the nation. The establishment of community mental health centers throughout the country began in part due to this act. It also brought those who were being kept in mental health institutions back into the community where they could then seek new and more effective treatment.

1972 – Snohomish County Mental Health Services is formed

In 1972 Snohomish County Mental Health Services is formed from the County Mental Health Board and the County Mental Disabilities Board as a result of the Community Mental Health Act.

1996 – Mental Health Parity Act

The Mental Health Parity Act was signed into law on September 26, 1996. This law required that annual or lifetime dollar limits for mental health benefits be no lower than benefits for all other medical and surgical services. Prior to this law, insurance providers were not required to cover mental healthcare. This act made mental health services and treatment more accessible to the people.

2010 – Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. This law created affordable and accessible healthcare for more people by expanding the medicare system and providing subsidies to give lower healthcare costs to those most in need. At Compass Health, we serve those who have most benefited from the Affordable Care Act allowing those near the poverty line to receive medical healthcare.

2019 – Transition to Integrated Managed Care

On July 1, 2019, the state transitioned to the Integrated Managed Care model. This model changed the way mental health organizations receive funds for treatment, making care more accessible and affordable to patients. It facilitates the integration of medical and behavioral healthcare, allowing providers to effectively treat the whole person.

 

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