September 16, 2015
NEW — 5:37 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
Rising rents puts people on the streets
For years, I have been attending the Eastside Homelessness Advisory Committee meetings, listening to funders and providers of services struggle to get our neighbors without homes into housing.
We talk about building more affordable housing, about emergency shelter needs, about the shortage of appropriate services and shelter for those with mental illness, about artificial barriers that keep people out of housing, about ways to help the underemployed and unemployed find jobs, but the number of homeless people is not decreasing. Read more
August 14, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015
In November, about 50 community leaders gathered in the YMCA Village Community Room in the Issaquah Highlands.
Several topics were mentioned but the one most seemed to think is on the rise in the Issaquah area and the Eastside is drug abuse, particularly marijuana and heroin.
Speaking at the November meeting, Mayor Fred Butler referred to the interrelated problems of what he called “DHM,” which stands for “drugs, homelessness and mental illness.” He added he probably has spent more time on those issues than any others.
“It touches on everything,” Butler said. “We are committed to trying to make a difference.” Read more
March 8, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 8, 2015
One in four adults and one in five youths — that’s how many Americans are affected by a mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Unlike a physical disability, it is impossible to know about someone’s mental health problems just by looking at them. Mental illnesses and tragedies relating to poor mental health, such as suicides, have unfortunately been steadily rising the past two decades.
In response to this pressing issue, the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board and the Issaquah Healthy Youth Initiative have teamed up to host the second annual State of Mind, a free mental health fair for adults and students from noon to 5 p.m. March 21 at Tiger Mountain Community High School.
December 30, 2014
Over a year ago, in June 2013, then-Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said the use of heroin locally was on the rise.
“It appears the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” Ayers said.
The situation has not improved.
December 30, 2014
With topics ranging from managing panic attacks to managing eating disorders, a new blog site for Issaquah- and Sammamish-area students already is covering a lot of ground.
“‘Mindfulness’” should have been the 2014 Word of the Year, because I’m seeing it everywhere. There’s even a new magazine called ‘Mindful,’ available on newsstands…”
May 10, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. May 10, 2014
A May 17 fundraiser to support the Washington chapter of the National Association for Mental Illness still needs volunteers.
The annual NAMI Walk raises funds to battle mental illness, and is the primary fundraising event to assist the organization.
October 1, 2013
With Salmon Days visitors crowding the streets of Issaquah, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Eastside hopes to attract people to the library to a “Get a Head Start on Mental Illness Awareness Week.”
Judi Jeanotte, administrative assistant at NAMI Eastside, said the session, at 11 a.m. Oct. 5, is for people with mental illness, and family members and caregivers of mentally ill people.
April 23, 2013
The Washington state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health hopes national awareness will inspire record participation in its efforts to raise money and support, according to a press release.
At 9:30 a.m. May 18 the state chapter of NAMI will hold its ninth annual NAMI Walk to raise money and awareness for mental illness. The 5K walk will begin at Marina Park in Kirkland and follow the shoreline of Lake Washington to Carillon Park and loop back. There is still time for participants to register and form a team, or just join the festivities at the finish line.