May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which raises awareness about mental health issues. The hope is to reduce the stigma of mental health, which often prevents people from seeking the help they need. Some of the benefits of getting help with mental health issues include healing and adapting from trauma and stress, coping with anger and frustration, processing significant changes, finding our way out of thinking traps and getting the support needed to confront anxiety and depression in a positive, healthy way.
The past year has been full of many changes for all of us. COVID-19 has required people to work from home, oversee their children’s educations, isolate at home and physically distance from family and friends. This has resulted in a significant increase in the numbers of people experiencing depression, anxiety or both. Over the past year, we’ve seen a 10% increase in depression in children ages 11-17 who have had access to screening. We’re also at a crisis point with 24% of the adult population having no access to mental health services.
Make caring for your mental health a priority. Any eligible individuals struggling with mental health concerns are able to reach out to the RCW clinic and schedule an appointment, with your primary care provider, Molly Jacobson or Katie Rowan-Koenen or our Clinical Therapist, Jill Hey. Your needs are important and we can work together to provide you the best possible care for your mental health.
Jill Hey, RCW Behavioral Health Therapist