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At 13, teens in Washington can refuse mental health treatment even if suicidal; parents fighting to change rules

October 11, 2018 8:56 pm : Blog
SEATTLE — Teen suicides continue to be an epidemic in Washington state. On average, more than 100 teens die by suicide every year and for many families seeking treatment some of the rules are hurting more than helping. “At 15 and a half, my daughter was suicidal and she would not go to counseling; she felt more »

What would it cost to house and provide treatment for Seattle’s homeless?

October 11, 2018 8:54 pm : Blog
(Illustration by Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times) We set out to answer the second most-popular question submitted to Ask Project Homeless. It sounds simple, but it’s not, because different people need — and will accept — different services. Here are some of the dollar figures. What would it cost to help each homeless person? more »

Addressing Male Suicide

October 11, 2018 8:45 pm : Blog
Anthony Bourdain, celebrated TV chef and world traveler, took his life earlier this year, just weeks before his 62nd birthday. To some, Bourdain was the image of success and satisfaction. He visited exotic locations, enjoyed rare and delicious foods, kept celebrity friends and spoke his mind with a refreshing frankness. But underneath the surface, things more »

NAMI And Others File Lawsuit Against The Short-Term, Limited Duration Plan Final Rule

October 11, 2018 8:44 pm : Blog
In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that more »

Communicating Is More Than Finding The Right Words

August 31, 2018 4:46 pm : Blog
August 24, 2018 | By Keiko Purnell My last depressive episode left me completely isolated. I didn’t respond to messages for months. Since I didn’t know how long I would be depressed, answering the question “how are you?” became emotionally draining. Actually, that one question was why I stopped talking to people entirely. “How are more »

Traveling With A Mood Disorder

August 31, 2018 4:42 pm : Blog
By Jonathan Berg I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when I was 14. It has taken me decades to come to grips with what that means, and to be in a place where I’m comfortable talking openly about it. Nowadays, I’m really open, because I work as a travel blogger, connecting with people and places for a living. more »

Washington gets $284,000 to study mental health, addiction services

August 30, 2018 5:03 pm : Blog
August 21, 2018 | By Tacoma Weekly Staff Washington is one of 30 states plus the District of Columbia to receive a portion of an $8.6 million grant awarded through the State Flexibility to Stabilize the Market program created under the federal Affordable Care Act. Washington received $284,135 of the total grant funding. Our state more »

Spreading Hope Through Peer Support

August 3, 2018 9:46 am : Blog
August 1, 2018 | By Michael Haines What does it mean to be a peer support specialist? To me, it means providing a voice for people when they struggle in finding their own. It means advocating for people, encouraging their recoveries and even sometimes standing in courtrooms as a show of support. And it often more »

NAMI’s New President Outlines Priorities For Serious Mental Illness

August 3, 2018 9:45 am : Blog
July 17, 2018 | By Adrienne Kennedy On June 30, among the 15 of my board member peers, I was elected to serve as President of the NAMI Board of Directors for 2018/2019. I am honored and humbled to be provided the opportunity to represent the hundreds of thousands of families, peers and avid supporters who comprise more »

Washington hospital is ‘like going into hell’

August 2, 2018 1:26 pm : Blog
July 6, 2018 | Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they are navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out despite critical staffing shortages. “They don’t have more »

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