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UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020

NBA emphasizes mental health as teams await Disney ‘bubble’

The resumption of the NBA season during the coronavirus pandemic is making mental health a priority.


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

It’s an angry time, but it can be energizing

Rod Owens woke up furious on the day after the 2016 presidential elections. On Facebook, he warned any friends who had supported Donald Trump that “I’m not in the mood …


UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2020

Trump plan to stem vet suicides focuses on public awareness

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump released a long-awaited plan Wednesday to address the persistently high number of suicides by veterans, with initiatives including firearm safety, wellness programs at workplaces and …


Treatment for substance abuse, including art, is out there during the coronavirus pandemic, Spokane experts say

With a stay-home order in place, substance abuse treatment services are still widely available, though many have transitioned to telehealth. In fact, new patient visits can now be conducted through …


Webinar: Well-being and resilience during COVID-19

On Wednesday, the Next Generation Medicine Lecture series has scheduled a free webinar, “Well-Being and Resilience During COVID-19,” by Anne Browning, assistant dean for a well-being program at University of …


UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Battling anxiety in times of COVID-19: Experts suggest strategies to cope with feelings of fear, worry

Fear and anxiety in COVID-19 times can spiral into increased stress or even a panic attack, but experts offer strategies on how to reframe the mind and battle back against …


UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2020

State prepares to weather bleak mental health forecast that shows millions of Washingtonians adversely affected

Mental health experts estimate 2 million to 3 million Washington residents’ mental health will be adversely impacted by the virus, and the restrictions imposed to contain it, in the coming …


Poll: Many Americans feel lonely and anxious during pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic upends lives across the United States, it’s taking a widespread toll on people’s mental health and stress levels, according to a survey that finds a majority …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Guided self-help makes a positive impact on mental health

In a recent issue of the Lancet Global Health journal, a study found guided self-help reduced psychological distress and improved well-being in areas where there was a humanitarian crisis. It …


Medical professionals examine cannabis use disorder

Mental health professionals say that some regular users may suffer longer-term problems that could negatively affect their health, relationships and employment.


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

WSU nursing director says structure, voicing emotions key in coronavirus isolation during S-R forum

Maintaining a consistent daily schedule and allowing students to process the loss of a school year are keys to keeping your household mentally healthy during the pandemic, Anne Mason of …


Addiction support groups turn to technology to provide critical services

At Recovery Cafe of Spokane, manager Christine McMackin said her organization has had to be creative to provide a semblance of their normal services while under the shelter-in-place order


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Conquering cabin fever: Tips include self-reflection, talking and avoiding overeating

A Spokane mental health expert offers strategies for staying resilient as we stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Tips help combat cabin fever, stress-eating and poor health impacts …


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Frontier Behavioral Health offering mental health care services electronically in midst of coronavirus outbreak

Frontier Behavioral Health is moving to schedule outpatient clinic visits via telephone as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


‘As for what we need?’ Housing, services and support, say those experiencing homelessness in Spokane

Spokane’s new mayor, Nadine Woodward, has pledged to embark on a new approach to homelessness that will begin with the formation of a work group. In anticipation of that community …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Speaker: Next generation must use new ideas to save farms

Two young boys wearing matching cowboy hats climbed up the ladder into the Case/IH Steiger quadtrac that was as big as a barn. The farm boys sat in the plush …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Daybreak Youth Services reaches fundraising goal, looks to hire counselors

After fears of closure, Daybreak Youth Services will keep its doors open and looks to hire mental health and chemical dependency counselors.


‘The need is critical’: Inpatient psychiatric unit for teens set to open this month

Inland Northwest Behavioral Health hosted a ribbon-cutting for its 25-bed inpatient psychiatric unit for teens ages 13 to 17 years old and will start accepting patients this month.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Spokane County renews contract as Daybreak Youth Services struggles to fix budget shortfall

“We feel extremely optimistic and hopeful,” a Daybreak spokeswoman said. “What is clear is that no one wants to lose these vital services for youth in our community, and everyone …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Daybreak Youth Services says $500,000 budget gap could force closure of treatment facilities in Spokane, Vancouver

Daybreak, which was founded in Spokane in 1978, says its financial situation follows the troubled expansion of its treatment facility in the Vancouver area. Now the organization is seeking loans …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Program aims to foster relationships between Eastern State Hospital patients, Spokane police

The Spokane Police Department and Eastern State Hospital have partnered, allowing law enforcement officers to establish relationships with patients and teach a class about interacting with law enforcement prior to …


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 …