NAMI Eastside Public Policy Committee meets Thursday June 6

As summer hits its stride and lawmakers shift their focus from policy to campaigning, NAMI Eastside is keeping up with the mental health policy that will affect our region. Our Public Policy Committee meets on Thursday, June 6 via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. Register here. Currently our meetings are open to all.

A main focus of the meeting will be gearing up for the constituent roundtable event we are co-sponsoring with the Asian-Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) for East King County. Find more details below and register for the event here. You can find the Facebook event here.

Help spread the word, and please submit questions you want to ask at the roundtable here!


Our Public Policy Committee Chair, Donna Lurie provided the following materials and insight that will be helpful for participants of the meeting on Thursday night

  1. Guidelines on How to Talk About Adversity, Trauma, and Resilience.  View PDF
  2. WA House Bill 2239 on Resources for Students (Bill did not pass last session) View bill on the legislature’s website
  3. Flyer for June 13 Constituent Roundtables
  4. New NAMI Eastside advocacy flyer

These materials will help us formulate questions for area legislators on how we can all move forward on student and educator resources to address the changed emotional and social climate in our K-12 schools and communities.


Here are some final thoughts from the Guidelines on Metaphors to Translate the Science of Adversity and Resilience:

  • Brain as “architecture.” Talk about the brain as a structure that is built or wired through experiences and interactions: “Positive experiences in early life wire the brain for wellbeing and resilience.”
  • Stress response as “types.” Distinguish between short-term, day-to-day stress responses and chronically elevated stress responses: “Some stress – like being nervous on the first day of school – is positive and helps kids grow. Other types of stress – like witnessing or experiencing violence – can become toxic if caring adults aren’t there to help them cope.”
  • Supportive relationships as “buffers.” Describe the role of safe, stable, nurturing relationships as a buffer between a potentially traumatic event and long-lasting harm. ““When people experience a traumatic event, close connections and support can buffer the impact.”
  • Positive experiences as “counterbalances.” Talk about trauma-informed practices, spaces, and treatment as to the “When people have experienced trauma, timely support and treatment can help to counterbalance its negative effects.

APIC East King County Constituent Roundtable event details

WHAT: Constituent Roundtable Event with 41st, 45th, and 48th District Legislators

WHEN & WHERE: June 13, 2024, 6-8 PM, North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave NE

Bellevue, WA 98007

WHY: An opportunity for community members to have longer, more productive conversations with our representatives, where we can speak in depth about our experiences and concerns.

HOW: Roundtable discussions around 4 topics: 1) housing affordability, 2) behavioral health services, 3) domestic violence, and 4) small business support

CONFIRMED LEGISLATORS: Senators Lisa Wellman (41st) and Manka Dhingra (45th), Representatives Tana Senn (41st), My-Linh Thai (41st), and Roger Goodman (45th). (Donna is working on getting Bill Ramos to attend.)