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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 »

The tipping point: Service sector employees are more susceptible to mental health issues

August 2, 2018 1:21 pm : Blog
July 31, 2018 | Approximately 102 million Americans work in the service industry, according to the Pew Research Center, filling critical positions in restaurants, salons and transportation. In many cases, these jobs offer base pay at rates up to 71 percent lower than federal minimum wage, with the expectation that tips, which are highly more »

5 Ways I Help Myself When My Job Is To Help Others

June 28, 2018 5:07 pm : Blog
By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018 g my recovery and myself has allowed me to be a better friend, a better partner and a better person; it’s also allowed me to be more successful. I’m much better at helping my clients knowing that I have learned how to help myself. Here are more »

Health Information-Sharing Bill Passes House

June 28, 2018 5:04 pm : Blog
We did it! Thanks to your advocacy, the House passed H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, yesterday with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 357-57! This victory is because of you. Your advocacy made this possible. H.R. 6082 aligns 42 CFR Part 2—the regulation that keeps health care providers from accessing information about more »

New Seahawks receiver Brandon Marshall, thanks to therapy, is a new man

June 28, 2018 4:56 pm : Blog
June 1, 2018 | By Gregg Bel Brandon Marshall stood tall, even taller than his listed 6 feet, 5 inches. After the workout on his first day as a Seahawk, the six-time Pro Bowl receiver spoke slowly and confidently. He listened to questions as thoughtfully as he answered them. He spoke of the “honor” of more »

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