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Category: Mental illness
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…


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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…


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January 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Mental health: An oppurtunity for the state to bring change to patients’ lives

The recent guest column on mental health [“How to achieve better mental health care for lower costs in Obamacare,” Opinion, Jan. 12] calls attention to an incredible opportunity the state has to create powerful change in the lives of our patients. As one of the community health clinics that has participated in the Mental…


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November 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Reduce the stigma surrounding mental health

We can create change through education and increased awareness

I want to commend The Seattle Times and columnist Jonathan Martin for a very thoughtful and powerful piece on peer bridgers. The column helped increase the public’s understanding of mental illness and the mental-health system’s shortcomings [“The rare mental-health fixers,” Opinion, Nov. 21].

We need more outpatient mental-health support to assist individuals with transitions and throughout their recovery journey. Peer bridgers provide such support and also reduce demand on an overburdened psychiatric inpatient system that leaves too many people with inadequate and inhumane care.


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November 4, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Mental-health recovery is achievable if recognized

Ensure early diagnosis to prevent needless suffering In his column, Jonathan Martin wrote about correctional facilities trying to fill cracks caused by a broken mental-health system [“Mental health in prisons: It’s a crime,” Opinion, Oct. 19]. That’s not the way it should be. We as a society need to recognize that mental illness is a brain disease…


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October 19, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Mental illness: More accurate patient protrayal needed

Psychiatric hospitals need resources to keep staff and patients safe Thank you for your recent article “Report: Violence on the rise again at Western State after decline,” (NWThursday, Oct. 10). I was concerned with the tone the article took on violent behavior among patients receiving inpatient psychiatric treatment. Describing “patient-on-staff” assaults without providing context contributes to the…


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October 17, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Mental illness shouldn’t go untreated

Thank you for bringing attention to this problem Thank you for you timely and much-needed articles on the crisis in mental illness [“Boarding mentally ill becoming epidemic,” page one, Oct. 6]. Lack of resources, treatment facilities and other issues raised in the articles are vitally important. However, there is another issue. Mental illness is different from other illnesses…


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October 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Boarding the mentally ill

Mental illness does not predict violent behavior I wanted to thank you for your coverage of the “boarding” problem in Washington state in the article “Boarding mentally ill becoming epidemic”. [page one, Oct. 6]. This article turned a spotlight on the damage caused by keeping involuntarily detained patients with mental illnesses in chaotic and confusing emergency departments…


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October 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Mental illness goes unnoticed in Seattle

Psychic disorders allowed to languish on streets It has been 34 years since the Church Council of Greater Seattle sponsored its first conference on mental illness and the plight of the mentally ill. [“Caring for mentally ill: how a community succeeds,” page one, Oct. 7]. Seattle University provided the venue for the event. The program was an…


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