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Category: Mental illness
August 29, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Mental illness and faith communities

Partnerships can help The decision by the Washington State Supreme Court to close the door on warehousing psychiatric patients and the extensive reporting in The Seattle Times about the shambles of the mental-health system have been most encouraging [“What’s troubling mental health,” Opinion, Aug. 17]. Valiant mental-health officials are scrambling to respond to the crisis. But…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: faith communities, mental health care, NAMI

August 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Robin Williams’ death: Support mental-health care to help the community

Much is being said and written about the apparent suicide of the genius Robin Williams ["Actor Robin Williams dies at 63," Nation & World, Aug. 11]. It is a tremendous loss to all who enjoyed good entertainment, good deeds and real talent. Much is also being said about the fact that Williams suffered for years…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Jeri R. White, mental health, Robin Williams

August 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Psychiatric boarding: Only option in ‘no-win’ situation

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

An opportunity to lead was denied in favor of chest thumping and a bit of closing irony [“Finally, an end to ‘boarding’ of psychiatric patients,” Opinion, Aug. 7].

What responsibility will our Supreme Court take when a newly freed mentally ill individual commits our worst nightmare? Will the justices reach out to the victims, their families, the myriad mental-health workers who


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: mental health, Psychiatric boarding, Robert Ott

May 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Santa Barbara killings: It takes a village to help the mentally ill

A community has been devastated by the acts of a “madman” — a young perpetrator of violence with a history of emotional distress since childhood. Sheriff’s deputies found no evidence he met criteria for an involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. He legally purchased the firearms used in the assaults. We are again reminded of inadequacies in our gun-control…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: gun control, mental illness, Santa Barbara

May 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Santa Barbara shootings: Close relations understand the mentally ill

A woman looks at the bullet holes in the window of IV Deli Mark in Isla Vista, Calif. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

There will be many second-guessing the police response regarding their interview of the Santa Barbara shooter [“Frantic parents of shooting suspect raced to police — too late,” Nation & World, May 26]. The ability to convince others of their kindness and goodness is a hallmark of sociopathic behavior, and of many abusers.

Behind every potentially violent person there is


Comments | More in Gun control, Mental illness | Topics: Cathy Aldrich, gun violence, mental illness

May 18, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Mental health: Hire more evaluators

Brian M. Rosenthal’s story on mental health is welcome. It is also well timed as May is Mental Health Month [“Evaluators’ missed deadlines are forcing release of mental patients,” Local News, May 14]. The issue of inadequate capacity throughout public mental health is of longstanding duration. It was only a matter of time before demand for…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Brian M. Rosenthal, Jonathan R. Beard, mental health

May 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Mental health: Constitution protects against involuntary commitment

The law requiring prompt assessment of involuntarily committed patients is neither obscure nor a technicality [“Evaluators’ missed deadlines are freeing county mental patients,” Local News, May 10]. It is part of a very important right enshrined in the U.S. The Constitution requires the right of having the validity of one’s detention determined by habeas…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: constitution, habeas corpus, involuntary commitment

March 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Mental health care: Have a frank discussion on the issue

It’s past time to bring treating mental health out of the closet. Not far removed from most of us are family members, neighbors and fellow Americans whose health needs are shunned — hidden because of our ignorance and shame. As with any disability, its presence must first be recognized. Abe Bergman draws attention to the essential…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Abe Bergman, mental health, Nancy Curtiss

March 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Child abuse: Learning from past mistakes

Patty Duke’s guest column was a brave and courageous piece that addresses some of the trauma that can affect mentally ill parents who abuse their children without meaning or wanting it [“Compassion and hope for parents who abuse,” Opinion, March 6]. Duke offers us not a justification, but an explanation. I can echo her…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Child Protective Services, mental illness, Patty Duke

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