July 8, 2016
A Pierce County court commissioner on Friday ordered the state of Washington to appoint a “special master” to oversee sweeping changes to admissions policies at the state’s troubled psychiatric hospital in Lakewood.
Commissioner Craig Adams’ 30-page ruling also calls for the state to adopt a goal of ending “psychiatric boarding” within six months and to adopt new policies for admitting long-term inpatient patients to Western State Hospital.
Officials with the Department of Social and Health Services, which runs Western State Read More
July 7, 2016
To address the region’s growing homelessness, nearly every major observer — from Mayor Ed Murray to rank-and-file service providers — points to the gaps in Washington’s mental health system as a major priority. By one count, almost a quarter of Washingtonians have a mental health disorder, more than nearly any other state. But when it comes to treating them, Washington is among the worst in the nation.
According to a 2016 report from national nonprofit Mental Health America, there Read More
NAMI Applauds “A Major Step Forward”
Jul 06 2016
WASHINGTON—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking “a major step forward” to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness.
The House passed H.R.2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) by a vote of 422 to 2.
NAMI Chief Executive Read More
Recently, the news has been riddled with devastating stories of terrorist attacks, police brutality, murder, rape, racism and injustice, leaving many of us struggling with difficult emotions. Thanks to technological advances, we are receiving unrelenting minute-by-minute, graphic coverage of these stories with greater speed, intensity and repetition than ever before. For better or worse, the media invites us to share in the loss and trauma of others. And our innate ability to empathize with human suffering puts us at risk for carrying a heavy Read More
June 29, 2016
Back in 2007, Mike and Jessica Kovac set out on a humble mission to help the homeless in downtown Spokane with 20 brown bag lunches and a case of water.
Since then, their program — Blessings Under the Bridge — has grown into a local outreach effort that serves more than 300 homeless and poor Spokane residents every Wednesday night and has even been profiled by People Magazine.
July 13, 2016 will be Blessing’s sixth annual summer event. Read More
June 13, 2016
Rachel Star Withers runs a YouTube channel where she performs goofy stunts on camera and talks about her schizophrenia.
Since 2008, when the then 22-year-old revealed her diagnosis online, tens of thousands of people have seen her videos. Some of them have a psychotic disorder or mood disorders themselves, or know people who do.
They say her explanation about what a symptom like hallucinations feels like can be really helpful. So can Rachel’s advice on ways to cope with them, Read More