Mental Health

Local Crisis Line: (509) 575-4200

Mental health embodies a broad range of emotional, psychological, and social factors in a person’s well-being. According to, 65% of youth with a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder necessitating professional help. Because of this, we believe it is imperative to educate and connect Yakima County youth to mental health resources.

How can you tell if a teen might be experiencing mental health decline? Have you noticed:

Early identification of mental health decline means a less prolonged negative impact on a youth’s:






Ability to gain employment


Motivation and productivity


Overall well-being

To get support today, please reach out to your family doctor or call 2-1-1 for more local resources.

Mental Health is Not a Taboo Subject

Teens and adults experiencing mental health disorders are just as adequate and acceptable as those who do not suffer from them. According to the CDC, at least 1 in 5 Americans experience mental illness or a mental health disorder in any given year. It is common for many of us to have periods of depression, anxiety, or other mental health struggles/conditions.

A decline in mental health warrants attention, professional help, and monitoring.

Have frequent conversations with the young people in your life about identifying their specific stressors, triggers, and personal symptoms that may indicate a decline in their mental health.

If there is a teen or adolescent in your life struggling with their mental health you should:

Safe space

Be a compassionate and active listener

Sometimes a teen won’t be ready (and might never be ready) to talk with you about what’s going on in their world. But knowing that you are a solid pillar in their life will make the journey significantly easier.


Reach out to a professional

Every school has counselors on staff to help you and young people through this period. Yakima County also has several dedicated mental health professionals available to those seeking help. Take a look at the resources below or dial 2-1-1 to find one near you.


Monitor teens’ health for sharp declines that might lead to suicide

If you believe a young person in your life has thoughts of suicide and is in immediate danger call 9-1-1.