The City of Mukilteo’s Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) will host it’s 3rd annual “Mukilteo Stands Behind You” on Thursday, February 27, 2020 beginning at 5pm at Rosehill Community Center. The event aims to promote discussion on how to help those struggling with mental health issues. Students, parents and all community members are invited.
“Many of our student members of MYAC know or have known friends or acquaintances who have died by suicide or considered it”, said Mayor Jennifer Gregerson. “We believe events such as this can facilitate a bond within in our community so that people will feel comfortable reaching out to others for help. It can mean the difference between losing and saving a child.”
The students have organized speakers from the Everett Clinic; Sargun Handa, a former MYAC member, TEDx speaker and author; Dawn and Tim Krivanek, whose daughter Nina died by suicide. The Snohomish Health District will provide suicide prevention training, and area suicide resources such as Volunteers of America/imhurting.org, Washington Recovery Help Crisis Line, Mukilteo Police Department and others will have information available.
In 2019, Councilmember Anna Rohrbough worked with City staff to create a suicide prevention poster that is in all City facilities as a resource for those who find themselves in crisis or for someone who would like to help a friend in crisis.
This is a free event, and the public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
The Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of 15 Kamiak High School students who are confirmed by the City Council. Their mission is to advise the Council on issues affecting youth in our community.