Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness 

Spotlight with Words Seattle Sheds Light on Mental Health

Seattle Human Resources' "Seattle Sheds Light on Mental Health," is a citywide focus on well-being activities, programs, webinars, and resources to support employees.

With Seattle Sheds Light, we aim to: 

  • Normalize self-care and mental health care 
  • Reduce the stigma of mental illness 
  • Elevate employee and family mental health resources and benefits 
  • Offer education opportunities 
  • Talk about anxiety, trauma, depression, coping, resiliency, and growth 
New - Support for Those Affected by Current Events in Israel: See the support flyer from Resources for Living EAP. The EAP is available for all City of Seattle employees at (888) 272-7252 (TTY: 711).

May 2023 - Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, people gather together in a movement to raise awareness about mental health. The goal is to fight stigma, educate the public, provide support, and advocate for policies and resources. Below are some helpful materials from City partners and nonprofit organizations to support employees this year and spread awareness.

Seattle Human Resources has also identified ways you might get involved and observe Mental Health Awareness Month.

Recorded Mental Health Webinars

Click to listen on demand.

Employee Assistance Program 

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EAP Enhancements: The City's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) was extended to offer services to ALL employees. Effective 1/1/2022, temporary employees and their household members have access to support for mental health concerns or personal issues. To increase access to more mental health providers, the City added TalkSpace counseling services to the EAP benefit. TalkSpace is an online therapy platform that makes it easy to connect with a mental health provider anywhere, anytime by text, chat, or video call. 

 Learn more 

Mental Health Hub


Aetna Mental Health Resources Flyers

Preventive Plans

Most                     SPOG                Local 77

Traditional Plans  

Most                     SPOG                Local 77 

Kaiser Permanente

Reach Well-Being Program*

Activities to support emotional well-being are available on the Reach Well-being platform*. Whether it is COVID variants, burnout symptoms, childcare stressors, family difficulties, or the ongoing social justice fight, life's events can take a toll on us all. Take some time to expand your mental health knowledge and pursue topics and concepts that support your goals.  

* Available for City employees on the Most benefits program

Accolade Advocacy Services - Mental Health Support* 

Health Assistants can be a helpful resource in finding in-network mental health care and connect you to an Accolade nurse.

To connect with an Accolade Health Assistant:

  • Call 1 (866) 540-5418 Monday thru Friday, 5:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Visit the online portal at to send a secure message, or
  • Download the Accolade mobile app to connect with a Health Assistant.

* Available for City employees on the Most benefits program

Other Community-Based Resources 

Flyers and Fact Sheets

Mental Health Organization Links

BIPOC Mental Health Resources

Human Resources

Kimberly Loving, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5500, Seattle, WA , 98124
Mailing Address: PO Box 34028, Seattle, WA, 98124-4028
Phone: (206) 684-7999
Fax: (206) 684-4157

The Human Resources Department provides human resource services, tools, and expert assistance to departments, policy makers, employees, and the public so that the City of Seattle's diverse work force is deployed, supported, and managed fairly to accomplish the City's business goals.