Issues That Matter mental health summit set for March 24

Sno-Isle Libraries will present “Mental Health: Let’s Act!” on Saturday, March 24.

The free event will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Edmonds Community College Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave W, Lynnwood. The panel presentation and discussion is open to all, said Sonia Gustafson, who leads the library district’s Issues That Matter team.

Mental Health Let's Act graphic“We’ve had an amazing response to our series of ‘Let’s Talk’ forums hosted by community libraries on various mental health topics, which started last fall,” Gustafson said. “Clearly there is concern about the impacts of mental health problems and the need for community resources. People will leave this event with some solid ideas about how to make ourselves, our families and our communities healthier.”

The “Let’s Act!” panelists will be Anji Jorstad, behavioral health supervisor, Snohomish County; Micki Smith, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) statewide parent educator on advocacy and mental health basics; and David Hall, NAMI board member and deputy city attorney for Everett.

The moderator will be Tom Sebastian, president and chief executive officer of Compass Health.

After “Let’s Act!” there will be one more “Let’s Talk” event on Teen Depression and Suicide.  It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 17 at Edmonds Library.

Previous forums dealt with such topics as troubled teens, dementia, brain injuries and self-care. Audio and video of those events are archived at The page also includes lists of library and community resources.

Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter forums are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.