Five months into the pandemic, tips for fighting COVID-19 stress

Yes, there is such a thing as COVID stress. Burnout. Overload. “We are so saturated with information,” says Pat Morris from Volunteers of America Western Washington, “that there’s a sense of powerlessness among all of us. When are we going to get back to normal? When is this going to be over?” The information saturation,…

Snohomish County initiates COVID-19 outreach program focused on ‘mental wellbeing’ support

Snohomish County’s Department of Human Services on Friday announced the creation of the Community COVID Outreach Counselors Program to provide emotional support services to residents of Snohomish County whose mental health has been impacted by COVID-19. This program will be in partnership with Volunteers of America Western Washington, is supported by federal CARES Act funding,…

Coping with isolation: Buddhist chaplain offers words of wisdom

“It’s a paradox. Isolation can be a window to deeper connections with ourselves and others. It can shock us out of a habitual way of living.” That’s the message from Jonathan Prescott. A resident of Guemes Island in the San Juans, the Buddhist chaplain, pastoral counselor, and ordained student of world-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat…

Edmonds United Methodist sponsoring Alzheimer’s series starting March 13

Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why the Edmonds United Methodist Church is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter, to sponsor a community education series beginning March 13 The three-session series, based on best practices and the latest research findings, will be held on Fridays — March 13,…

Art & Mindfulness for Women in Edmonds Returns

Women are gathering for a unique urban day retreat experience on Friday, October 25th at Artworks in downtown Edmonds.  The Release™ retreats bring together therapeutic art making with professionally facilitated discussion, personal journal writing, mindfulness and guided meditation. Edmonds-based Psychotherapist Peggy Farah, LMHC designed the program to be a mix of playful and reflective where women…

Questions and answers about Alzheimer’s

Recently, mental health has been an important topic that many have been researching, for both themselves and their loved ones. With this in mind, people have been learning more about brain-related illnesses and overall brain health, especially as it relates to dementia and Alzheimer’s, and prevention steps they can take. Unfortunately, the Alzheimer’s Association reports…

Community Life Center to host mental health community outreach event Oct. 13

The Community Life Center will host a community outreach event Sunday, Oct. 13 on issues surrounding mental health. The event will run from 10 a.m.-noon. Representatives from industry professional organizations will answer questions and provide help in making resources available to people struggling with anxiety, depression, addition or thoughts of suicide. Participants include: Lahai Health…

Sponsor spotlight reminder: Art & Mindfulness for Women in Edmonds returns

Women are gathering for a unique urban day retreat experience on Friday, September 20th at Artworks in downtown Edmonds. The Release™️ retreats bring together therapeutic art making with professionally facilitated discussion, personal journal writing, mindfulness and guided meditation. Edmonds-based Psychotherapist Peggy Farah, LMHC designed the program to be a mix of playful and reflective where…

Alzheimer’s Cafe to meet in Edmonds April 29

An Alzheimer’s Cafe meets at Pagliacci Pizza in Edmonds on the fourth Monday of each month from 2-4 p.m., including this Monday, April 29. At an Alzheimer’s Cafe, persons living with Alzheimer’s (or other dementia) and their loved ones enjoy socializing in a relaxed cafe setting. There is no set agenda. Families meet and socialize in an…

Women are Raving about an Art & Mindfulness Experience in Edmonds

(Sponsored by Peggy Farah) The Release™️ day retreat for women has been providing a fabulous opportunity for local women to come together, build connections, tend to self-care and play with a huge array of provided art supplies for the past several months at Artworks in downtown Edmonds. This innovative program includes mindfulness instruction, journaling, group…