Dec 31

Mayor’s Message for January 2019

Posted on December 31, 2018 at 10:12 AM by Jan Molinaro

A New Year and with that brings new possibilities. How many of us start each new year with resolutions? Eat better, exercise more often and to keep some kind of schedule. Slow down and enjoy what is around us? These can be a fruitful approach to life and in all cases can improve one’s self worth. What also needs to be understood is that when a resolution is forgotten about or not done as planned, it is not something to get upset about. We are all human with human frailties. The one item in life that everyone can learn from is to not give up. Yes we stumble, however we can start over, again and again. It is important to learn from the reset so that if you need to adjust, do so, nothing bad about that.

So with a new year make one or two resolutions. Plan to accomplish it in small steps as it is a journey not a sprint. Take the first step to self-improvement keeping in mind that the goal is to tell yourself and others that I can accomplish this goal. Support from within and from others is valuable. Keep in mind a new year with new possibilities can be exciting.
Dec 04

Mayor's Message for December 2018

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 10:54 AM by Jan Molinaro

With tree lightings and parades the season to spread cheer is upon us. Chilly weather and frost on the windshield to scrape remind us that with winter comes many enjoyable events. These are shared with family members and friends. This month can be extremely busy, especially with young children. However, I would encourage everyone to take one day out of December and plan how you and your family could give back to others. Whether it is within your family or to outside organizations, this is an opportunity to share the joy with some who may not have the same opportunities we enjoy in our community. Young and old alike have the opportunity to partake in this season of giving back. There are many ideas in which to spend that one day with someone else or a group. Enumclaw has so many organizations that would appreciate any form of assistance, money, food, volunteers, other, just ask how you can help and I am sure an answer will be provided. Have a wonderful, safe and Happy Holiday.
Oct 31

Mayor's Message - November

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 9:28 AM by Jan Molinaro

Jordan Binion Project on Suicide  

The community conversation that is to take place on Wednesday, November 14 in the Enumclaw High School Commons should be of interest to all citizens, no matter the age. Suicide can touch every demographic and family. Discussing the symptoms and how to seek assistance, not only with professionals, but with family, your clergy and friends, whom ever you are comfortable approaching. The key is to recognize it and act. How does one identify someone in need? How do I start a conversation with that person to guide them towards assistance without driving them away? Many other questions can be formulated on the topic of suicide. 

The hearts and lives of those left behind deal with thoughts and questions many times unanswered. Steps need to be made in reducing and eliminating this issue in our community. Talk, exchange ideas, identify causes and signs of one in need. Stop the heart break in our community, among friends and within our own families. 

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair that can exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions go on to engage in life. 

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. 

Some warning signs, when someone talks about doing harm to themselves could be a change in behavior, mood of a person may change or exhibit s shift. A person’s health change can influence suicidal thoughts, personal events in one’s life. Even historical factors should be considered. 

Let us have this community conversation on the 14th, but let it be the beginning of a longer discussion to improve the health and lives of all citizens.