New Regional Crisis Line Starting Jan. 1, 2019

Starting on Jan. 1, 2019, a new 24/7 Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Line will be activated. The toll free number is 1-877-266-1818. The new crisis line will replace First Call for Help, which will be deactivated on the same date. The priority of the new line is to provide services for and on behalf of... Read More

Changes Coming to Apple Health (Medicaid)

If you have United Healthcare or Coordinated Care you will need to switch to one of the following Medicaid insurance plans before Jan. 1, 2019: Amerigroup Community Health Plan of Washington Molina Healthcare Frontier Behavioral Health wants you to choose the plan that is best for you. We also want you to know that it... Read More

Suicide is Preventable

Everyday real people can make a difference. It's about listening and validating what someone feels. Oftentimes, clues reside in changes to someone's behavior. Withdrawal from friends and social activities Loss of interest in hobbies Dramatic mood changes Increased drug or alcohol use Sleeping too much or too little If you suspect someone is suicidal, experts... Read More

Post-Traumatic Stress Month

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month. As a Trauma-Informed Care organization, FBH recognizes that PTSD affects nearly 8 million adults in a given year. Anyone who has experienced a life-threatening event can develop PTSD. We can help. FBH offers eye movement therapy, which has been proven to help people recover from trauma and severe emotional... Read More

Understanding Mental Health

Mental health is how you think, feel and act. In general, people in good mental health have a positive attitude and look forward to the challenges of life, feel good about themselves and others, and act responsibly in their work and in their relationships. Mental illness is NOT the same as poor mental health. Mental... Read More

10 Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health

Value yourself. Take care of your body. Surround yourself with positive people. Give of yourself. Learn how to deal with stress. Quiet your mind. Set realistic goals. Try new things. Avoid self-medicating. Get help when you need it.

Teen Suicide: Ask the question

Among the most frequently asked questions about teen suicide is whether it's appropriate to ask someone if they're thinking about killing themselves. The answer is yes. Ask the question. Teens who exhibit warning signs for suicide have likely already thought about it. Asking about it starts a conversation. The Youth Suicide Prevention Program advocates taking... Read More

13 Reasons Why

The show "13 Reasons Why" raises important questions about teen suicide and prevention. FBH is your local resource for information about all mental health disorders. We also provide a 24-hour crisis line called First Call for Help at 509.838.4428. For additional help, click on to this 13 Reasons Why toolkit for information on warning signs,... Read More

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 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