Stories tagged: mental illness
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 12:01 a.m.
Patrick Kennedy to speak in Spokane about mental health and addiction treatment
Patrick Kennedy, who represented Rhode Island in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2011, will speak Wednesday at a community conversation on mental health sponsored by Providence Health Care …
Sun., Oct. 22, 2017
Sarah Bain: We must talk with kids about suicide, then listen
As a teenager, my grief was killing me, but no one allowed me to grieve. I had no one to talk to about these thoughts.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Bullying too simple an explanation for Freeman school shooting, experts say
When Caleb Sharpe told police he opened fire on his Freeman High School classmates to “teach everyone a lesson about what happens when you bully others” his story fell into …
UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
New mental health stabilization facility could provide alternatives to jails, ERs
Police in Spokane may soon have a new place to take people with mental illnesses suspected of committing crimes besides jail or an overcrowded emergency room.
Sat., June 10, 2017, 6 a.m.
Missing teen girl struggling with addiction, mental illness now in hospital
Vanessa Schultz, one of the estimated 21 million Americans suffering from addiction and mental illness, is now in the hospital.
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 10:44 p.m.
Marchers take to downtown Spokane streets for mental health awareness
A small but passionate group of marchers carried signs and chanted Tuesday in support of more services for those with mental illnesses.
UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
At 75, Dale Chihuly discusses struggles with mental health
The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his long obsession with collecting. Sheets of stamps cover one table; pocket knives are marshaled on another. Carnival-prize figurines from the …
UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 6:20 p.m.
Woman’s struggle with mental illness, jail inspires bill
A new law, signed last month by Gov. Butch Otter, seeks to provide a more secure, more appropriate place to house people in her situation than jail or an unsecured …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 12:35 p.m.
Oregon man committed to mental hospital after bias crime
An Oregon man who authorities say attacked a restaurant employee with a pipe while calling the worker a terrorist has been found guilty by reason of insanity.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 1:18 p.m.
Oregon man, bystander help save a man’s life, police say
Police are calling an Oregon man a hero after he helped distract a man who was attempting suicide while police pulled him to safety.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill
A federal judge has blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn’t appear to understand that these individuals …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Senate votes to block rule on guns and mentally impaired
The Republican-led Senate has voted to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 9:54 p.m.
Murder charge refiled against psychiatric hospital escapee Anthony Garver
Prosecutors have filed another murder charge against a man who broke out of Washington state’s largest mental hospital last year after an initial murder charge was dropped when doctors determined …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Man claims woman he planned to wed already was married and defrauded him
In a “most unusual” case, a man claimed that a woman who he planned to marry already was married and defrauded him.
Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 9 a.m.
Dr. Zorba Paster: Shining a light on mental illness
Dear Doc: Thank you so much for your article in the paper on being proactive about discussing depression with your doctor. What a critical point. I also have been writing …
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
Washington accrues almost $7.5 million in contempt fines
The state of Washington has accrued fines of about $7.5 million for failing to provide competency services to mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks or months.
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
‘The Shining’ actress Shelley Duvall reveals mental illness
Actress Shelley Duvall has revealed her struggles with mental illness in an interview with “Dr. Phil.”
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016, 1:42 p.m.
Lawyers concerned about collection of mental health data
Portland police have been collecting information about the mental state of arrestees since spring, but some lawyers say the practice raises privacy concerns.
Sat., Oct. 8, 2016
Initiative 1491: Con: Initiative unfairly targets the mentally ill
In summary, I-1491 targets the mentally ill, ignores existing laws, provides no treatment model, compromises due process.
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 12:22 p.m.
Lax security at Western State Hospital led murder suspect to escape to Spokane
Corrections officials who investigated the April escape of two violent patients from Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 7:52 p.m.
Justice Deptartment focuses on police treatment of mentally ill
Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers’ interactions with the mentally ill.
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 5:40 p.m.
Legal settlement clears way for mental hospital patients to resume field trips
A crackdown on patients leaving the grounds of state mental hospitals put in place after the high-profile escape from an outing to the Spokane County Fair in 2009 will be …
Wed., July 13, 2016, 4:58 p.m.
Last federal refuge standoff occupier to remain in custody
A federal court judge has allowed Oregon standoff defendant Kenneth Medenbach to be released from jail while awaiting trial, but he will keep the last holdout in the armed takeover …
Sun., July 10, 2016, 9:20 p.m.
Commissioner orders oversight of Western State Hospital admissions
A Pierce County court commissioner has ordered the state to appoint an expert to oversee changes in admissions policies at Western State Hospital.
Fri., June 17, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Tragic murder mystery claimed another victim
One of Spokane’s tragic murder mysteries was turning even more tragic. Mrs. Charlotte Farquhar had lost her reason ever since her son Clarence was shot by an unknown person while …
Thu., June 9, 2016, 1:27 p.m.
Washington Supreme Court upholds civil commitment law
The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a 2013 law that simplifies the process for holding mentally ill people charged with violent felonies after efforts to restore their competency fail.
Tue., May 31, 2016, 4:04 p.m.
Man who spent day in downtown Seattle tree sent to psychiatric hospital
A man who spent 25 hours high atop a sequoia tree in downtown Seattle in March has been found incompetent to stand trial on a malicious mischief charge.
Fri., May 20, 2016, 12:51 p.m.
Charges dropped against mentally ill man accused of killing roommate
A man with a mental illness accused of killing his roommate last fall will be committed to a state mental hospital without standing trial.
Sun., May 15, 2016
Editorial: Strengthen the grip on mental illness
Nobody wins when mentally ill people are not getting treatment. Jails and shelters are stressed. Public safety deteriorates. Downtown businesses must deal with people acting out.
Mon., May 2, 2016, 5:04 p.m.
Mentally ill man shot by police outside motel was also shot by police in 2014
A man was shot Monday afternoon at the West Wynn Motel in west Spokane. Anthony Altizer, maintence worker at motel, said the man was shot by a police officer.