The #REACHOUT Campaign is a 6 month behavioral health awareness campaign created by the United Family Center team using information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into Lower Yakima Valley communities and surrounding areas. #REACHOUT has a primary focus on families with students in 6th to 12th grade and a secondary focus on elementary aged children with emphasis on social emotional learning. We want to encourage open conversations among families and educate our communities about the different warning signs for individuals who may be “at risk.” By doing this we hope to bring awareness to mental illness, suicide, and and help keep the addiction rates from growing and encourage individuals to live healthy lifestyles and seek treatment and recovery support services if needed. Highlighting ways for individuals to #REACHOUT for help and encourage other to #REACHOUT to help is our goal.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Did you know that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a mental illness? Substance use disorder changes normal desires and priorities. It changes normal behaviors and interferes with the ability to work, go to school, and to have good relationships with friends and family.
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that
only compassion can heal.”
– Steve Maraboli