December 19, 2022

Your emotional, psychological, and social well-being, which influences how we think, feel, and act, is known as your mental health. Your ability to relate to others, make good decisions, and manage stress can all be influenced by your mental health. It’s crucial to take control of your mental health to minimize your chances of developing medical issues like heart disease and stroke, which can increase if you suffer from long-term depression or anxiety.  

The CDC recommends taking care of your body to help better manage your mental health. This includes eating healthy, being physically active, and getting plenty of sleep to feel well rested (2021). Stretching, meditating, and taking deep breaths can aid in dealing with stress. Misusing alcohol and/or drugs can negatively affect your mental health. The CDC also recommends taking time to unwind and partake in activities you enjoy (2021).  Whether that be connecting with others, working on a hobby, or relaxing, it is important to take time for yourself.  

The holiday season can be difficult for many individuals. If you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to family, friends, and your provider. Listed below are available crisis lines for you to contact in times of need.

Haven’t had a mental health checkup recently? Schedule an appointment today by calling (509) 935-6004. 

Crisis Lines 

  • Frontier Behavioral Health 24/7 Regional Crisis Line – 1.877.266.1818 
  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – 988 
  • Veteran’s Crisis Line – 988, then select 1 
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline – 1.800.662.4357 
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline – 1.800.985.5990 
  • LGBTQ+ Lifeline – 1.877.565.8860 


CDC. (2021, July 20). Stress and Coping Resources. Mental Health. Retrieved November 4, 2022, from