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Sue Lani Madsen: Brother-in-law lost to mental illness is more than a statistic

Mental illness to homeless to hepatitis A. Just another statistic but now his struggle is over. Today we pick up his ashes. And it shouldn’t have to be this way.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spokane autism community responds to comments about teen climate activist

Fox News pundit Michael Knowles characterized teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.” But …


Sue Lani Madsen: Thank you, mental health care ‘system’

He is now officially homeless. Thank you, mental health care “system,” you have done it again.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018

Trump blames mental illness in California bar massacre

The gunman who killed 12 people at a country music bar in Southern California went on social media during the attack and posted about his mental state and whether people …


Vancouver woman finds outlet to cope with mental illness

Linda Harbaugh knew she had to leave her home on Livingston Mountain – the space was too depressing.


Vancouver woman finds creative outlet to cope with mental illness

Harbaugh felt a tap on her shoulder and looked up. A young man asked her if she was OK, and if she needed help. She explained how she was feeling, …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018

Shooting suspect had history of mental illness

The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed …


Assassin who killed a Spokane Daily Chronicle editor in the newsroom believed he was defamed in Titanic reports

The Titanic disaster was the spark that led a Russian lumberjack to shoot a Spokane Daily Chronicle editor dead in the newsroom on a Wednesday morning in late April 1912.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

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 …


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

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

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.


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

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

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

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 …


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.


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

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

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

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 …


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.


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 …


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.


‘The Shining’ actress Shelley Duvall reveals mental illness

Actress Shelley Duvall has revealed her struggles with mental illness in an interview with “Dr. Phil.”


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.


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.


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 …


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.


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 …