Issues That Matter mental health forums continue in February

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It’s clear that the Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter events for 2017-18 are striking chords.

The theme, “Mental Health: Let’s Talk,” encompasses a breadth of subjects, from dealing with dementia to addiction to traumatic brain injury and more. Since this past November, the community events are drawing large and engaged audiences. The recent “Care for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” program brought an overflow crowd to the Lynnwood Library.

The series continues in February with these five forums:

Mental Health Resources in Island County
1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, at the Coupeville Library. Panelists: Charlene Ray, Island County Mental Health; Chris Garden, Coupeville Marshal & North Sound Behavioral Health advisory board member; Rob May, EMS, Whidbey Health;  Judy Heinemann, Compass Health. Host: Jackie Henderson, Director of Island County Human Services

Addiction/Substance Abuse
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Mariner High School Little Theater, hosted by the Mariner Library.
Panelists: Natalie Fryar, Director of Clinical Operations, Evergreen Recovery Centers; Sgt. Ian Huri, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Neighborhoods; Robert Smiley, The Hand Up Project, Founder. Moderator: Judy Hoff from The Hoff Foundation

Caring for Someone During a Mental Health Emergency
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley, hosted by ClintonFreeland and Langley libraries. Sarri Gilman, author of “Transform Your Boundaries,” 25 Mental Health Tips to Support Your Wellbeing and a TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker will be joined by Dr. Howard Aposhyan, Charlene Ray, LICSW, and others who will share ways to understand mental health challenges and how to find help and support.

Veterans and Mental Health
6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, at Mill Creek City Council Chambers, hosted by the Mill Creek Library. Panelists: Chuck Wright, veteran and traumatic stress specialist; Laurie Akers, a therapist specializing in helping transitioning veterans; Sam Powers, veteran and director of Student Veteran life at the University of Washington. Moderator: Andrew Ballard, educator and marketing executive.

Helping Friends or Family with Mental Health Issues
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Granite Falls Library.  Panelists: Stacey Alles, Chief Operating Officer, Compass Health; Susan Gregory, Crisis Services Assistant Program Manager, Volunteers of America Western Washington; Shira Hasson-Schiff, Director of Prevention services, Cocoon House; Peggy Ray, Program Manager, Arlington/Granite Falls/Lake Stevens Community Resource Centers – Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Moderator: Dennis Smith, retired school psychologist and counselor, Granite Falls Community Coalition board member

All five events will be live-streamed to the Sno-Isle Libraries Facebook page where videos from previous events in the series are also available. More information about the series along with resource lists are on the Sno-Isle Libraries website.

Issues That Matter programs are intended to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. These events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.