Locals will have the opportunity to learn more about domestic violence services and mental health at two upcoming free presentations.

Stilly Valley Health Connections is sponsoring the two discussions.

On Oct. 28, Chris McBride from Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County will speak about the resources they provide.

On Nov. 3, Kevin Hines will talk about surviving his suicide attempt and about ways to encourage mental health.

Both presentations are free and online. To register go to stillyvalleyhealth.org or call 360-386-9918.

Domestic Violence Services Presentation

Stilly Valley Health Connections wanted to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month with this presentation from Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.

“It’s really to make people aware of the resources that are available,” said Erika Coghill, director of finance with Stilly Valley Health Connections.

Officials hope the presentation spreads awareness of what is available locally for those experiencing domestic violence.

“So, if an individuals needs that support they know where it is,” said Coghill. 

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County has an emergency short-term shelter, a legal advocacy department, community advocacy and prevention programs.

The presentation is on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be presented on the video conferencing program Zoom.

Mental Health Presentation

“Mental health is one of our areas of focus,” said Ardis Schmiege, superintendent of Stilly Valley Health Connections.

Kevin Hines will talk about his suicide attempt and discuss how to reach out to people.

“He says he really wished someone would’ve asked him how he was doing that day,” said Schmiege. “The second half of the presentation is really about how he put together his system to help his mental health continue in a good state."

Officials hope the presentation allows people to support each other.

“We hear about depression and anxiety a lot more these days and a lot of people are really in a tough spot,” said Coghill. “If a friend or a coworker sees signs, they should know it is okay to reach out and ask if they are okay."

The presentation is Nov. 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be presented on Zoom.

Stilly Valley Health Connections also presents QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) classes to support mental health in the community.

The 90-minute classes are offered online and in-person.

More information about those classes is available at 360-386-9918.

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