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Why ultrasound imaging may be the future of neurological treatments

December 11, 2018 11:44 pm : Blog
Credit: University of New Mexico After decades of medical dramas filling our TV screens, the figure of a technician wielding an ultrasound wand is so prolific, it’s easily called to mind. Even if you’ve never needed an internal abdominal exam, the steps are familiar: The clear, cool gel on the belly; the pressing of a more »

Seattle stories that humanize mental health struggles

December 11, 2018 11:43 pm : Blog
Credit: NAMI Washington The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a mission, “to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness.” For the second year now, NAMI Washington has presented a storytelling event in Seattle called The Brainpower Chronicles. Bill Bernat, who serves as its host and storyteller coach, is more »

How To Be Supportive Of Your Partner With Mental Illness

December 11, 2018 11:41 pm : Blog
Being in a relationship with someone you love can be beautiful. It can also be difficult, as you face the hurdles of everyday life. But if your partner struggles with mental illness, those issues can become much more intense for both of you. Understanding the needs of someone with mental illness is challenging. And you more »

NAMI Excited With New Opportunities To Improve Medicaid Mental Health Care

December 11, 2018 11:40 pm : Blog
Secretary Alex Azar, U.S. Health & Human Services, announced that the Administration will allow states to apply for Medicaid waivers to pay for mental health treatment in inpatient settings known as IMDs, or institutions of mental disease.  Historically, Medicaid has not paid for treatment in these settings for most adults. While this policy was intended to more »

Virtual reality therapy has real-life benefits for some mental disorders

November 13, 2018 3:26 pm : Blog
Edwin adjusted his headset and gripped the game controller in both hands. He swallowed hard. The man had good reason to be nervous. He was about to enter a virtual environment tailor-made to get his heart pumping way more than any action-packed video game: a coffee shop full of people. Determined to overcome his persistent more »

Clubhouse helping overcome mental illness in Puget Sound

November 13, 2018 3:24 pm : Blog
One of the many causes of homelessness is mental illness. A growing Washington non-profit is working to keep people off the streets by surrounding them with friends and goals. Membership in this club hinges on an important provision: You have to pitch in. “I don’t care if I have to wipe windows, clean the bathroom, more »

The Top Five Things To Know About Buying Health Insurance

November 13, 2018 3:19 pm : Blog
Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019? If you need health insurance, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law and ensures that health coverage is available for those who need it. Here are the top things you need to know: Comprehensive coverage more »

Facing Discrimination While Advocating

November 13, 2018 3:18 pm : Blog
I take my mental health advocacy very seriously. I know firsthand how important progress towards acceptance is. Unfortunately, I also know how it feels to be discriminated against both for my mental illness and as an advocate: miserable, threatened, defeated, paranoid, or that I shouldn’t be advocating at all. Just a series of nasty remarks more »

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 »

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