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September 9, 2016

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

    1. What Happened When I Told My Boss I was Struggling with Mental Illness 2. What Happens When People Reveal Their Mental Illness to Their Boss

    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

    I’ve always been an anxious person. As a child I refused to make phone calls other than to those in my family and couldn’t even handle calling 411 (even after it became an automated voice recording). Talking to people terrified me. What if I misspoke? What if they thought I sounded dumb? What if I didn’t make sense? So, when anxiety presented itself again halfway through college, I couldn’t say it was a shock.

    The anxiety Read More

    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

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