When You Can’t Think of the Right Word

Exercise can help you recall those words that are right on the tip of your tongue, according to a new study. “Fitness has widespread effects on the brain,” says Katrien Segaert, a psychologist at the University of Birmingham who led the study. The areas affected include the frontal and temporal cortices, which are involved in language... Read More

Diet and Nutrition

The quality of the food you eat can impact your overall physical and mental health. Eating nutritious foods can go a long way toward achieving a healthy lifestyle, so make every bite count! People who eat a diet high in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes, fish and unsaturated fats (like... Read More

Risk Factors for Suicide

Let's talk about suicide. Knowing what to look for can save a life. Pay attention to changes in behavior such as: * A noticeable change in mood, behavior, sleep or appetite. * A noticeable change in performance at work or school. * Expressions of hopelessness or helplessness. * Suicide attempts or self-harming behavior. If you... Read More

Happy Mother’s Day

Let your mom get some sleep this weekend. Getting a good night's sleep is important to having enough physical and mental energy to take on daily responsibilities. Sleep also helps you feel good about yourself. When you feel good, you're more likely to find happiness in life, take life's difficulties in stride, have confidence to... Read More

Mental Health First Aid

Do you know CPR? If you’ve taken the time to learn how to help someone in a medical crisis, you should also learn Mental Health First Aid. This is an 8-hour course taught by FBH’s nationally-certified instructors. Learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Call 509.458.7453 for information on upcoming... Read More

How Much Do You Know?

How much do you know about mental illness? Answer true or false and find out. Mental illness is rare Depression results from a personality weakness.             People with mental illness are dangerous. Confronting someone about suicide increases the risk of suicide. Children do not experience mental health problems. There is no hope for someone with mental... Read More

How much sleep is enough?

Your physical and emotional health depends so much on how rested you are. Sleep is fundamental to a healthy mind and body; getting a good night’s sleep can make a huge difference in your overall health. Sleep plays a role in our moods, ability to learn and make memories, how well our immune system works, and other... Read More

Know the Facts

May is Mental Health Month. * 1 in 5 individuals experiences some type of mental illness. * Less than 40% of adults and 20% of children receive treatment. * Mental illness is responsible for more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. * Suicide is the third... Read More

Physical exercise benefits mental health

Did you know that exercise benefits nearly all aspects of a person's health? When you don't get enough exercise you are at increased risk for health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and metabolic syndrome. Exercise increases a variety of substances that play an important role in brain... Read More

5 Easy Tips for Wellness

HAVE A GOOD LAUGH: A sense of humor may help keep you from having a heart attack, according to researchers. HEART HEALTH: Nuts have the power to lower cholesterol, improve weight loss results, and fight cancer. Eat a handful today! KEEP MOVING: Increasing physical activity, especially walking, boosts your energy. MOOD FOODS: Vitamin B foods... Read More

May is Mental Health Month

This year's theme for Mental Health Month is Fitness#4Mind4Body. Mental health is as important as physical health. That is Fact #1. Fact #2 is that you are not alone. One in five individuals experiences some type of mental illness in their lifetime and stigma prevents many of them from seeking help. This month FBH will share important... Read More

May is Mental Health Month

This year's theme for Mental Health Month is Fitness#4Mind4Body. Visit this site and our Facebook page @frontierbehavioral for information about increasing understanding of how the body's various systems impact mental health based on recent research. From food to fitness, we will focus on the elements that make up personal wellness. FBH and Mental Health America... Read More

Mental Health Forum Jan. 31

Frontier Behavioral Health CEO Jeff Thomas will participate in a community conversation about "Making Mental Health Essential Health" along with Patrick J. Kennedy on Jan. 31 at the Spokane Convention Center. The free event is presented by Providence Health Care and Eastern Washington University. Community members will have a chance to ask questions of local... Read More

Biofeedback Therapy: See the results with your own eyes

Decades ago biofeedback was considered a fringe therapy but not anymore. Learn how FBH is using biofeedback in outpatient treatment. Read the story in the January issue of our Community News Magazine. Click on Issue 13 for an interactive reading experience!

Register for Mental Health First Aid

Registration is open for Mental Health First Aid, a public education course taught by nationally-certified FBH instructors. Learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and addiction: Upcoming courses at FBH: March 15 April 5 To register call Tracy Duncan at 509.458.7453 or email tduncan@fbhwa.org. A non-refundable fee of $25 per... Read More


2-1-1 helping with water crisis

Eastern Washington 2-1-1, a telephone resource line operated by Frontier Behavioral Health, is partnering with emergency responders in Airway Heights to identify residents who need help managing a water contamination advisory. Residents in Airway Heights have been advised against drinking tap water that is suspected of contamination from chemical runoff at Fairchild Air Force Base. While... Read More

Family Caregiver Conference

To register for the 16th annual Family Caregiver Conference on June 21 call 509.458.7450 (option 2). Sponsored by Frontier Behavioral Health and Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, the conference includes lunch, a resource fair, speakers and expert panelists. This is an opportunity for unpaid and agency-based community caregivers to give themselves the gift... Read More

“13 Reasons Why” on Netflix

"13 Reasons Why" is a Netflix series about a high school student who commits suicide after leaving behind 13 tapes for classmates blaming each one for her suicide. The popular series has generated considerable conversation in both mainstream and social media. The suicide prevention website www.save.org has created 13 Reasons Why - Talking Points to help... Read More

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. For more information about Child & Family services at Frontier Behavioral Health, call 509.838.4651.

2-1-1 gets you connected

Need help but don't know where to turn? GET CONNECTED and GET ANSWERS by calling 2-1-1. Calls to 2-1-1 are confidential and free from your land line phone. Trained, local specialists are available to help you find a number of services including: Housing Temporary shelter Food pantries Transportation Senior services Medical care 2-1-1 is available... Read More

FBH breaks ground on new building

The temperature was frigid but the sun was out and the shovels were golden during FBH's official groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 6 for its new office and clinical space at 2128 E. Sprague. The ceremony was attended by FBH staff, Evergreen Club members, and key community partners involved in the project including Bill Bouten of... Read More

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week this year is Oct. 2-8. Activities vary by NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate. In some case, activities may occur a week or so before or after the formal week, particularly if multiple events are planned. Please contact the Spokane NAMI Affiliate for specific information at 509.838.5515. If you are looking... Read More

Facebook app aimed at preventing suicide

Facebook has introduced a process to make it easier for people to help friends who post messages about suicide or self-harm. The new feature allows users to flag their friends' posts, which will then be reviewed by a team at the social network who will offer language to communicate with the person who is at... Read More

Care Cars recruiting volunteers

If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity Care Cars can help. A program of Elder Services, Care Cars is a volunteer transportation service for seniors and disabled individuals who need assistance getting to essential medical appointments. To be a Care Cars driver you must be 18 or older, have a valid Washington driver's license, a... Read More