Stories tagged: mental health
Wed., May 4, 2016, 12:31 p.m.
Parents of man shot by Spokane police feel helpless in getting mental health assistance for son
Investigators found a fake handgun near where Aaron D. Johnson was shot by police at the West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard on Monday.
Mon., May 2, 2016, 7 p.m.
Pushing for help: Campaign raises awareness about veteran suicides
An average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to a national awareness movement called #22KILL.
Sun., April 24, 2016, 4 a.m.
Escape into a world of color: Adult coloring books are growing source of relaxation
Adult coloring was hot in 2015, and is still going in 2016, as people pick up their colored pencils when it’s time to relax
Thu., April 21, 2016, 12:10 p.m.
Citing security concerns, judge orders Western State Hospital escapee to remain in federal custody
Anthony Garver will undergo a competency evaluation at a federal institution, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edward F. Shea ruled Thursday. Garver sparked a statewide manhunt earlier this month after …
Wed., April 13, 2016, 12:08 p.m.
Soldier aims to raise awareness by conquering Mount Everest
A West Point graduate who went to high school in Georgia is climbing Mount Everest, aiming to break some records and raise awareness for soldiers’ mental health.
Thu., March 17, 2016, 1:02 p.m.
New details hint at role of psychology in Bergdahl defense
Details about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s mental health – including the Army’s later diagnosis of Bergdahl as suffering from “schizotypal personality disorder” – are contained in newly released documents that offer …
Fri., March 11, 2016, 8:19 a.m.
Three-hour standoff between police, armed man ends peacefully
A hostage situation in north Spokane ended peacefully after three hours of negotiation on Thursday.
Thu., March 10, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Spokane County officials worry Senate budget will restrict mental health, substance abuse care
Spokane County officials are worried a provision in the Washington Senate’s budget proposal will cripple their ability to provide state-mandated mental health and substance abuse services.
Mon., Feb. 29, 2016
Transgender kids’ mental health boosted by family support, study finds
In a first-ever look at mental health among transgender children, Kristina Olson, a UW assistant professor of psychology, found that such kids with family support had normal levels of depression …
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 2:14 p.m.
Bill inspired by Spokane murder-suicide urges mental health help
Police officers could recommend mental health professionals contact a person who has threatened
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016
Editorial: Shortage of mental health care providers is concerning
The increased demand for mental health care services is healthy, but the supply of caregivers is holding back progress.
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 3:43 p.m.
Adolescents should be screened for depression too, says federal panel
Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 …
Sat., Feb. 6, 2016
Ervin: Executive order stigmatizes disabled.
Putting those under psychiatric care on watch lists unfairly jeopardizes rights.
Sun., Jan. 31, 2016
Thompson: Mental health resources lacking for kids, teenagers
Washington ranks 47th among the states regarding youth behavioral health service needs and access to care.
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016, 12:03 p.m.
As mass killings rise, how can sheriffs keep guns from mentally unstable?
WASHINGTON – Before issuing thousands of permits each year for North Carolinians to buy handguns, sheriffs in some counties across that state have gone through an oft-futile exercise. Relying on …
Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
Spokane County signs deal with Central Washington counties for mental health beds
Spokane County will get 10 additional beds at Eastern State Hospital for mental health patients as the result of an agreement with Central Washington counties. The deal is necessary after …
Tue., Dec. 22, 2015
Editorial: Inslee budget right on fires, mental health; wrong on education
The governor should wait until a work group comes up with another plan to comply with state Supreme Court education rulings.
Fri., Dec. 4, 2015, 6 p.m.
New Crisis Center in CdA aims to keep people out of ER, jail
The Northern Idaho Crisis Center will give individuals 18 and older a place to get immediate help for a mental health or addiction-related crisis, plus referrals for follow-up treatment.
Mon., Nov. 23, 2015, 10 a.m.
Depression can happen to anyone
Many cases of depression, especially when diagnosed early, can be helped by things that tend to protect against developing depression in the first place. Social interaction, exposure to light and …
Thu., June 25, 2015
Three bid to build new psychiatric hospital in Spokane County
Three entities are competing to build a new psychiatric hospital in Spokane County that will help address a statewide shortage of inpatient mental health services. Providence Health Care submitted an …
Sun., June 7, 2015
Officers get enhanced training in mental health, substance abuse issues
When Jen Wagner told her story, her last encounter with law enforcement was fresh in her mind. The 26-year-old college student is a patient at the Spokane Regional Health District …
Tue., May 12, 2015
Five teen suicides have left ‘whole community hurting’
Five teen suicides this school year – including three in the past month – have jolted the community. It’s the highest number in the history of Spokane Public Schools, prompting …
Tue., May 12, 2015
Spokane police officers won’t face charges in 2014 shooting
After an investigation lasting more than 15 months, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday it would not seek charges against two police officers who shot a knife-wielding Aaron D. …
Sun., May 3, 2015
Washington lawmakers work to fix mental health care system
OLYMPIA – Lawmakers have come up with dozens of ways to fix Washington’s failing mental health care system, including better services at county jails and psychiatric hospitals and a housing …
Wed., April 29, 2015
CdA mental health crisis center should open soon, official says
An Idaho Department of Health and Welfare official said he expects a mental health crisis center to open its doors in Coeur d’Alene within six months. “Everyone involved would like …
Sun., April 5, 2015
Editorial: Legislature deserves court’s reproof after mental health cuts
Because of shameful neglect, the state of Washington has once again been placed under court supervision to ensure it meets a constitutional obligation. With schools, it was a violation of …
Thu., March 26, 2015
Panel hears support for involuntary rehab
OLYMPIA – At the height of his battle with alcohol and drug addiction, Ricky Garcia’s trips to the emergency room were a daily occurrence. Substance abuse took a toll on …
Thu., March 5, 2015
Senate passes bill requiring data on mentally ill patients turned away
OLYMPIA – The state would find out how many people with mental illness are being turned away from treatment facilities under a bill the Senate passed unanimously Wednesday. Under the …
Sat., Feb. 28, 2015
Two Washington bills would get mentally ill help quicker
OLYMPIA – Seeking treatment for Washington’s mentally ill may soon become easier. The House Appropriations Committee passed two bills Friday that could involve mental health experts more quickly when friends, …
Wed., Feb. 25, 2015
Jim Kershner’s This Day in History
From our archives, 100 years ago The final report of a special state Senate investigative committee harshly criticized a construction decision made at the Medical Lake insane asylum, as Eastern …