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Category: Mental illness
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…


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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

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…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: mental health, Mental Health Integration Program, Neighborcare Health

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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