Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. We believe... Read More

Final week for Next to Normal

Tickets are still available for Next to Normal, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning rock musical about bipolar disorder, presented by The Modern Theater at the Bing, April 7-17. Tickets are available at As a community sponsor Frontier Behavioral Health will provide information about mental health in the lobby of the Bing following the... Read More

NAMI launches free mobile app

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has created a free mobile app called AIR (Anonymous. Inspiring. Relatable) to provide a safe space for the mental health community to connect and support each other. Read more here.  

Mental Health First Aid course

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: April 22 To register call Tracy Duncan at 509.458.7453 or email A non-refundable fee of $25 per participant includes a training... Read More

Statement on overdose deaths

From Spokane Regional Health District Interim Health Officer, Dr. Joel McCullough:   “As officials learn more about the cause of recent overdose deaths, we encourage those suffering from addiction and those around them to know the signs of overdose including problems with body temperature, pulse rate, breathing or blood pressure, as well as sleepiness or... Read More

NAMI education course

Register now by calling 509.838.5515 for NAMI Spokane’s free Family-to-Family peer education course. Family-to-Family is for family members and friends of adults who live with mental illness. The free program meets for 12 sessions and is taught by trained family members of people living with mental illness. No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed... Read More

Rental assistance available

Spokane Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher pre-application waitlist is open until Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at 3 p.m. The Housing Authority website can be accessed at Pre-applications will be placed on the waiting list by time and date of receipt of the pre-application and preference. Applicants without a preference will be placed at the bottom of... Read More

Obama addresses mental health

President Obama's proposals on gun violence include mental health provisions. Three of the proposals specifically apply to mental health care. Read about them here.

Evergreen Club craft sale

All proceeds are used to purchase Christmas gifts for Evergreen Club members. Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hulskamp Building, 3rd floor Friday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mary Higgins Building lobby      

Turkey distribution hours

  The Salvation Army partners with KREM 2's Tom's Turkey Drive in the area's largest Thanksgiving meal distribution. Turkey dinners with all of the traditional fixings will be provided on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Spokane Arena in downtown Spokane. Dinners will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis... Read More

Support for volunteers

Community partners are invited to help Frontier Behavioral Health recognize our First Call for Help volunteers who give their time every hour of every day to make sure a friendly voice awaits those in need. Every holiday season FBH asks staff, the Spokane County Regional Support Network, and other community partners to "ADOPT A SHIFT."... Read More

Family Caregiver Month

November is Family Caregiver Month - a time to recognize and support family caregivers. A family caregiver can be a son, daughter, husband, wife, friend or neighbor - anyone who provides unpaid support or care to a disabled adult. The Elder Services Family Caregiver Support Program would like to encourage you to take time this... Read More

Say This, Not That

The wrong language can be stigmatizing. The National Council on Behavioral Health offers these suggestions when talking about mental illness:

NAMI Basics Course

Are you a caregiver of a child or adolescent with mental health issues? Register now for the NAMI Basics course Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 at Valley Hospital Health & Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave. Presented by the Spokane affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Basics course is a... Read More

Take the pledge

stigmaFree Pledge Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness. Learn about mental health—educate myself and others See the person not the illness—strive to listen, understand,... Read More

Young Child Expo coming to Spokane

Frontier Behavioral Health is a nonprofit sponsor of the upcoming Young Child Expo & Conference in Spokane, being presented by Gonzaga University School of Education and Los Ninos Training. Look for FBH's information table with materials on our multiple Child & Family programs. The conference, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the new Davenport Grand Hotel, will... Read More

National PTSD Awareness Day

WHAT IS PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that some individuals develop after seeing or living through a traumatic event that causes serious harm or death. PTSD affects nearly 8 million American adults in a given year, although the disorder can develop at any age including childhood. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) added... Read More

Mental Health Month: Older Americans

Mental health issues aren't a normal part of aging and there are opportunities to encourage appropriate care and self-help as we age. To coincide with Older Americans' Mental Health Week starting May 18, Mental Health First Aid USA will launch a new curriculum module to help older adults.

Mental Health Month: Big Picture

* An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. * Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail inmates have a "recent history" of a mental health condition. * 70% of youth in juvenile... Read More

Mental Health Month: Did You Know?

* 1 in 5 individuals experiences some type of mental illness at any given time. * Up to 80% of those treated for depression show an improvement in symptoms within 4-6 weeks of beginning medication and therapy. * People with psychiatric disabilities are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crime. *... Read More

Mental Health Month: By The Numbers

Know the facts. Millions of adults and children are affected by mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has created this info graphic for reference.      

Mental Health Month: Public Attitudes

Mental health issues have been in the forefront of public discussion for some time now for both positive and negative reasons. For every story about the Affordable Care Act, mental health parity, and Medicaid expansion, there are an equal number of stories about people in crisis. Amid this backdrop, the Huffington Post recently posted a story... Read More

Go green this month

Lime green has become the color associated with efforts nationwide to raise awareness about mental illness and stigma. In support of Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers the following ideas for Going Green: Online: * Change your Facebook cover photo. * Make your Facebook/Twitter profile picture green. * Share information... Read More