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UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Singer-songwriter Heather Mae has finally found her voice

Growing up in Virginia near Washington, D.C., in an area fueled by politics, Heather Mae had one goal: “I wanted to get out of the suburbs, move to a big …


Spokane County looks to mirror, modify Kootenai County crisis center model

The need for Spokane County residents in crisis to travel to Kootenai County could lessen, as Spokane is in the process of creating a mental health crisis stabilization unit of …


House Call: Steps to defeat stigma of and treat mental health

Today I am going to talk about mental illness. The stigma associated with mental illness can make it difficult to decide to seek help. It can be difficult to tell …


Spokane law enforcement agencies will add four more mental health teams

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and the Spokane Police Department will add four more co-deploy mental health teams between their agencies after the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs …


Therapists offer advice on helping children deal with anxiety

For children, just like for adults, anxiety is a part of life, and there’s a lot for kids to worry about: the first day of school, standardized testing, gun violence, …


Shawn Vestal: Treatment is everyone’s favorite solution, but it’s not so simple

Often, when social issues become politicized – whether it’s homelessness in Spokane or gun violence nationwide – there is a brief, urgent flare of interest in “treatment” as a solution. …


Judge dismisses yearslong case after state psychiatric hospitals change policies, ‘culture,’ hire more staff

A five-year court battle over how psychiatric hospitals in Washington treat patients who have been ruled not guilty by reason of insanity came to an end Wednesday, when Chief U.S. …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Spokane Public Schools’ new security chief resigns after abuse claims surface

The man recently hired to oversee all security issues for more than 30,000 students who attend Spokane Public Schools resigned Wednesday after he was confronted with allegations made last year …


Teen activists score mental health days for Oregon students

A new law in Oregon allows students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days. Mental health experts say it’s one of the first state laws to …


Keeping people out of crisis: Unit combines law enforcement, mental health worker

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Diversion Unit works to divert people experiencing mental health crises away from the hospital or jail.


Mental health pros divided on therapeutic value of cannabis

To date, there haven’t been significant scientific studies to back claims that cannabis has mental or physical health benefits.


Six tips for talking to kids about mental health

With rates of depression rising among youth of all ages and some children as young as age 9 attempting suicide, experts are recommending that parents, doctors and teachers talk to …


State agrees to penitentiary improvements for inmates with mental health needs

Department of Corrections will spend $5 million to settle a lawsuit over the rights of inmates with mental health needs at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.


How to protect your mental health from social media: Tips from an expert

So how can people reap the benefits of social media without letting it harm their mental health?


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Faces of concussions: NHL’s head-on battle with an epidemic

Scores of retired NHL players are still grappling with the effects of head injuries they suffered during their careers. Daniel Carcillo is one of them.


Sue Lani Madsen: The glimmers of hope for mental health

“Our commitment is to continually making things better. You can’t wake up every morning frustrated,” advised Jeff Thomas, CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health. Actually, you can, but it’s not healthy. …


Psychiatric hospital staff struggle with assault, chickenpox

While Washington’s lawmakers and governor celebrated their efforts to fix the state’s ailing mental health system, workers at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital struggled with a new assault, sewage flooding, …


Laws to help shift mental health care to communities

New laws aim to move mental health care out of large institutions and into community settings.


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

Lawmakers approved plan to fix the mental health system

Washington legislators took substantial steps to reshape the mental-health system, including funding for new facilities, legislation to increase the number of qualified workers, and the creation of new types of …


Legislators chose help for schools, colleges and mental help – and the taxes to pay for it

If governing is about choosing, the Legislature made hundreds of choices by what they passed, and more than a thousand by what they didn’t pass.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

Washington State spring game raises more than $80,000 for Cougar Health Fund, generates conversation around mental health

The 2019 Crimson and Gray Game was a fine preview trailer for the 5,059 fans that attended, but it was also much more than a football showcase.


Know how to manage your triggers for stress

The kids are screaming, the bills are due and the pile of papers on your desk is growing at an alarming pace. It’s undeniable – life is full of stress. …


Senate gives unanimous approval to new mental health care hospital at UW

A key component of the Legislature’s plan to combat the mental health care crisis and satisfy federal complaints about its current system passed the Senate Wednesday on a unanimous vote.


New rules would allow longer forced holds

A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington’s involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia.


Washington state awards grant to Excelsior Wellness Center for substance abuse facility

The roughly $500,000 grant will help build an eight-bed facility in Excelsior Wellness Center’s new facility designed to treat teenagers who require short, targeted interventions to combat drug abuse.


Rypien recommends TMS treatment and increasing mental health dialogue

Former football star has found some help using transcranial magnetic stimulation to alleviate depression symptoms thought to stem from brain injury.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

Researcher: Mental health issues often progress after brain injury

Christine MacDonald, a brain injury researcher with the University of Washington’s department of neurological surgery, will discuss “Brain Injury & Psychological Health Following Combat Deployment: The Invisible Wounds of War” …


Trump lashes out at George Conway, who has been questioning the president’s mental health

President Trump on Tuesday called the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway “a total loser,” responding to mounting questions by George Conway about the state of Trump’s mental health.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

Depression 101: Dallas schoolkids learn about mental health

Dozens of Dallas-area schools are among a growing number around the world that are teaching children how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others. Government statistics show …


Officials: State needs to invest in mental health facilities

A recent death of a jail inmate shows why the state needs to invest more in mental health care and add beds in secure mental health facilities, Idaho officials said.