Mental Health forums continue in January

Mental Health: Let's TalkDoes your high-schooler seem depressed? Is the whole family being worn down by a loved one’s dementia? These and other problems will be explored as the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series “Mental Health: Let’s Talk” continues in January.

Six programs are scheduled this month at libraries in Snohomish and Island counties.

Parenting a Troubled Teen will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Camano Island Library. High school mental health counselor Rochelle Long will explain how to tell if teens are battling with deep mental health issues, or simply reacting to social pressures, changing bodies and normal moodiness.

Trauma Timeline: Breaking down barriers for community healing will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Darrington Library. Art therapists Kim McAndrews and Bonnie Walchuk will talk about what they learned while doing research in the wake of the 2014 Oso landslide, which led to their report “Supporting a Rural Community with Art-Based Experientials Following a Natural Disaster.”  McAndrews is a mental health counselor and Walchuk is a family therapy intern.  Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin will moderate the discussion.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Treatment Options, Mental Health of Caregivers will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at Lynnwood Library. The panel of experts will include representatives from:

  • Northshore Senior Center
  • Homage Senior Services, and
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Washington State.

Youth and Mental Health will be the subject of the forum hosted by Lake Stevens Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at Lake Stevens School District’s Education Service Center, 12309 22nd St NE. Panelists will include:

  • Hannah Herkert, Student Mental Health Support Specialist, Lake Steven School District, and
  • Christina Riesen, National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Veterans and Mental Health will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Monroe Library. Panelists will be:

  • Dan Overton, Program Coordinator, WDVA Traumatic Brain Injury Program
  • Arleen Gibson, Founder, H3 Horses Healing Heroes
  • Jim Bloss, veteran and community activist/volunteer
  • Ben Kendall, therapist, Snohomish County Music Project, and
  • Facilitator will be Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, Washington Department of the Veterans Administration.

Youth Mental Health is the focus of the Oak Harbor Library program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Participating organizations will include:

  • Whidbey Health EMS
  • Oak Harbor Police Department
  • Forefront, and
  • Oak Harbor School District.

For a complete list of upcoming events, archived recordings of past programs, and lists of community and library mental health resources, visit

Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter programs are meant 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.