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In The News: NAMI Pierce County

October 4, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. – An extra $10 million could help one Western Washington county tackle its mental health crisis.  That’s the message from a trio of Pierce County Council members, but they say it’ll take a tax increase to do it.

They also say a new mental health study proves the funding is necessary.

The study is based on cases per capita.  It shows Pierce County is worse off when it comes to the suicide rate and violent crime compared to the Read More

    More and more, police and corrections officers are coming in contact with people suffering from a mental health crisis.

    “These guys — they’re all junior psychologists,” said Dr. Kevin St. Jacques, a clinical psychologist and mental health counselor who led a class Wednesday at Cascade Mental Health in Centralia.

    This week, Cascade Mental Health hosted a week-long crisis intervention training geared toward law enforcement. The training was organized by the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. 

    “This Read More

    A recently closed Halloween-themed attraction that was opposed by Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, and others for stigmatizing people who live with mental illness is garnering new support in the form of an online petition calling for its reopening.

    Earlier this week, it was announced that FearVR was going to be closed by the Buena Park, California-based Knott’s Berry Farm in response to outcry over its portrayal of a character suffering from mental Read More

    People might be forgiven for thinking that the Affordable Care Act is the federal government’s boldest intrusion into the private business of health care.

    But few know about a 70-year-old law that is responsible for the construction of much of our health system’s infrastructure. The law’s latest anniversary came and went without much notice in August.

    The Hill-Burton Act was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on August 13, 1946 — and its effect on health care in the U.S. Read More

    A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall.  Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.

    My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More

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    The workplace is the most important environment to discuss mental health and illness, yet it is the last place we expect to hear about it.

    Employees are afraid of discussing it with co-workers and bosses. They don’t want to lose their jobs, damage relationships or risk future Read More

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