Stories tagged: mental health
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019
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 …
Sun., Nov. 10, 2019
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 …
Wed., Oct. 9, 2019
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 …
Wed., Sept. 11, 2019
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 …
Wed., Aug. 28, 2019
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, …
Sun., Aug. 18, 2019
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. …
Fri., Aug. 9, 2019
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
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 …
Sun., July 21, 2019
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 …
Fri., July 19, 2019
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Diversion Unit works to divert people experiencing mental health crises away from the hospital or jail.
Thu., July 18, 2019
To date, there haven’t been significant scientific studies to back claims that cannabis has mental or physical health benefits.
Wed., July 17, 2019
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 …
Sun., July 14, 2019
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.
Fri., June 7, 2019
So how can people reap the benefits of social media without letting it harm their mental health?
UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019
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.
Sat., May 18, 2019
“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. …
Fri., May 10, 2019
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, …
Fri., May 10, 2019
New laws aim to move mental health care out of large institutions and into community settings.
UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019
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 …
Sun., May 5, 2019
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.
Thu., May 2, 2019
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. …
Thu., April 18, 2019
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.
Fri., April 5, 2019
A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington’s involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia.
Fri., April 5, 2019
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.
Wed., April 3, 2019
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
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” …
Tue., March 19, 2019
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
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 …
Wed., Dec. 19, 2018
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.