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Steps on combatting SADness: Lambert to Host Forum on impact of stress and ways to reduce it


Examining how stress can impact your life and discussing the tools available to help combat it


Stress comes in many forms and can be triggered in a variety of ways. You may be worried about things like your job, money, relationships, a friend or family member who is ill or in crisis. Even times of celebration such as buying a new house, getting married or children leaving for college can be a source of stress.

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert is holding a special community forum Thursday, July 6 to examine how stress can impact your life and discuss the tools available to help combat it:

Thursday, July 6
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church
36017 SE Fish Hatchery Rd, Fall City, WA

Lambert said the Town Hall will focus on S.A.D.S (Sad, Anxious, Depressed, Suicidal), and how stress can trigger this reaction.

“It is up to each of us to be aware of those around us and know when they are experiencing stresses and issues that seem too big to carry alone,” said Lambert. “Sensitivity to this will give us opportunities to help people find resources for help or encouragement. This evening should be informative for all of us to make a healthier community.”

Scheduled participants at the forum include:

Jim Vollendroff, Director for the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division. Vollendroff is responsible for the delivery mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services for the low-income and Medicaid population in King County,
Dr. Maria Yang, Medical director for behavioral health services in King County. A psychiatrist and has spent most of her career working in public-sector settings with people with significant mental health and substance use disorders.
Tony Gomez from the King County Department of Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention program, a program that includes efforts to reduce suicides.

Representatives from Public Health—Seattle and King County, the Department of Community Services, Snoqualmie Valley Community Network and Friends of Youth will also participate in the Town Hall.

For more information on the Town Hall, you can contact Councilmember Lambert’s office at 206-477-1003 or by email at

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