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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…

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

February 25, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Integrating mental health: Important to treat whole patient

The Seattle Times’ editorial urging the Legislature to address behavioral health integration this session is spot on [“Integrate mental health with primary care,” Opinion, Feb. 19]. Every day in our community health center and in clinics across the state, we see patients whose physical health is threatened by substance use or mental-health issues. When…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Legislature, Linda McVeigh, mental health

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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0 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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September 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Learn from it, and fix it Yes. Fix it! [“Editorial: Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] But first, write about it so that the voters of the city and the state actually see what has been wrought since President Reagan claimed that we would provide better care to those confined in mental institutions…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: community, downtown seattle, homelessness

July 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Mental-health care in Washington

Community Psychiatric Clinic needs state funding The recent article on mental health was a shocker for most of us at Cascade Hall, a Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) group home. [“Feds put state on notice over mental-health care,” NW Saturday, July 20.] May I suggest that the laws change, not the system? CPC is doing a competent…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Seattle | Topics: clinics, Community Psychiatric Clinic, funding

July 17, 2013 at 6:58 AM

A dialogue about autism

Speaking up makes a difference Kate Riley, I want to thank you for the wonderful piece about autism. [“Column: Ads expose a dialogue about autism,” Opinion, July 14.] I truly appreciate your effort to educate the community about identity and mental-health issues. Though autism isn’t considered a mental illness per se, those who live with it,…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Health care | Topics: autism, identity, mental health

July 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Alzheimer’s disease claims the lives of many

It is time to act The time is now. Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the most expensive disease in America. By 2050, it could bankrupt our health-care system. I live with Alzheimer’s every day, both personally and professionally. My mother lived with dementia for nearly 20 years before her death. Like more than 50 percent of those…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: alzheimer's, care, death

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