Reports say underage alcohol and marijuana use are local problems

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

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Youth board hosts State of Mind conference

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.

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Heroin use is on the rise in Issaquah and King County

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.

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New blog hopes to reach teens with mental health, drug issues

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…”

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NAMI Walk needs volunteers

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.

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Issaquah library hosts mental awareness session

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.

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NAMI walk fundraiser aids mental illness awareness

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.

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