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Legendary civil rights activist Dolores Huerta on Hispanic Heritage Month

Legendary civil rights activist Dolores Huerta on Hispanic Heritage Month

October 14, 2021

Dolores Huerta, 91, has been an activist for more than six decades. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, she sat down with KING 5 anchor Jessica Janner Castro to talk about her advocacy work, immigration and equity in governance.

 

Huerta has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she was the first Latina to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

 

Resources

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Dolores Huerta Biography via the National Women’s History Museum

Dolores Huerta biography via the National Park Service

Seattle schools putting mental health ‘front and center’

Seattle schools putting mental health ‘front and center’

September 29, 2021

We sat down with Erin Romanuk, Seattle Public Schools student support services supervisor, to find out how Washington state's largest school district is making mental wellbeing a priority as the pandemic continues.

 

Watch the interview with Romanuk on YouTube.

 

Resources

Mental health services at Seattle Public Schools

September is National Suicide Prevention Month: A survivor shares her story

September is National Suicide Prevention Month: A survivor shares her story

September 23, 2021

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and this week on Mindful Headlines, Jessica Janner Castro talks with a young woman who recently survived a suicide attempt.

Kelsey Motley, 27, shared her story with KING 5 in hopes of saving lives.

“I was never the person to think that I would struggle with mental health issues to that extreme. It can happen to anyone. If you are struggling and you’re trying to do it alone, please don’t,” said Motley.

Read the full article on king5.com

 

Resources

Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Suicide Prevention Month | National Prevention Information Network (cdc.gov)

Why mentorship can change your life

Why mentorship can change your life

September 16, 2021

How do you find a mentor? Who should be a mentor? And how do you become a successful mentor?

LaKesha Kimbrough, who oversees the mentoring work Seattle University does in the surrounding community, shares the importance of mentorship, both for the mentor and mentee.

 

Read the article on this story on king5.com.

 

Resources:

2020 Northwestern University study on mentorship in STEM

Seattle University Youth Initiative

How parents can calm back-to-school anxiety

How parents can calm back-to-school anxiety

September 2, 2021

In this week’s Mindful Headlines podcast, host Jessica Janner Castro talked with Dr. Avanti Bergquist, a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, about parental anxiety during the back-to-school season.

Bergquist, who’s also on the Renton School Board and a mom of two elementary-aged children, said being flexible and allowing for change is more beneficial than obsessing over possible changes that may or may not occur in the upcoming school year.

 

Read the article on this podcast on king5.com.

 

Resources for parents

American Academy of Pediatrics

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Back-to-school conversations to have with your kid

Back-to-school conversations to have with your kid

August 19, 2021

Dr. Neeru Bakshi, medical director at Eating Recovery Center of Washington and an expert in the field of adolescent psychiatry, helps parents navigate conversations with their children about starting a new school year amid the pandemic.

 

Read the article about this episode on king5.com.

 

Watch the interview with Dr. Bakshi on YouTube.

 

Resources for parents

American Academy of Pediatrics

Olympians put spotlight on mental health

Olympians put spotlight on mental health

August 5, 2021

Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard sat down with Jessica Janner Castro on the “Mindful Headlines” podcast to talk about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and mental health.

The seven-time Olympic medalist and former world record holder explained the immense pressure athletes face at the games.

Beard has publicly shared her own struggles with depression and substance abuse, even writing a book titled “In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir.”

 

Read this story on king5.com.

Resources

Beard Swim Co.
Hope Floats Foundation

Washington’s trailblazing Black senator is shaping the conversation on foster care and mental health

Washington’s trailblazing Black senator is shaping the conversation on foster care and mental health

July 22, 2021

State Sen. T’wina Nobles discusses overcoming adversity in her life and how it’s inspired legislation she sponsored this legislative session.

 

Nobles made headlines last fall when she defeated Republican incumbent Steve O’Ban to represent the 28th Legislative District, which includes Lakewood, University Place, DuPont and parts of Tacoma. Nobles’ election was significant, because she became the first Black state senator in the Washington state Legislature since 2010.

 

Read the story on king5.com.

 

Background on legislation sponsored by Nobles

Senate Bill 5184: Establishes a contact in K-12 schools for all students in foster care.

Senate Bill 5293: Addressing mental health sentencing alternatives.

Ballpark vaccines and youth baseball: How the Mariners got us through COVID-19

Ballpark vaccines and youth baseball: How the Mariners got us through COVID-19

July 8, 2021

This week on the Mindful Headlines podcast, we hear from Fred Rivera, executive vice president and general counsel for the Mariners. Rivera talks about the challenges for the team during a pandemic, the team’s ongoing work with social and youth programs, promoting minority-owned business at the park and the team’s responsibility to the entire Pacific Northwest community.

 

Programs mentioned in the podcast

Mariners community outreach overview

Home Base Program

Hometown Nine

On BASE

Is Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery a “Shot of a Lifetime” or just hype?

Is Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery a “Shot of a Lifetime” or just hype?

June 24, 2021

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced in early June that the state will be offering up a slew of prizes to residents who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. All vaccinated residents are immediately eligible for the lottery-style drawing.

In this episode, KING 5 anchor Jessica Janner Castro takes a deeper look at the lottery. She spoke with Puget Sound University Professor Garrett Milam, Ph.D., about how the vaccine lottery is different from a traditional lottery, how it might change some people’s behavior, who is influenced by this kind of incentive, and why we often daydream about winning the big prize!

Read the KING 5 article on this podcast.

 

Background resources

Professor Garrett Milam, Ph.D.

Washington State Lottery

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