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…More
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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…More
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.
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…More
Lawmakers in Olympia must focus on mental health issues Kudos to Jonathan Martin for a great column on the issue of mental health in our state’s prisons [“Mental health in prisons: It’s a crime,” Opinion, Oct. 20]. The issue has been swept under the rug for far too long, and something needs to be done about it….More
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…More
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…More
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,…More
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…More
Provide mentally ill with inpatient services The lack of access to psychiatric outpatient services and psychiatric inpatient care is creating a very dangerous situation for people with mental illnesses and for emergency patients in general [“Editorial: Stop ‘boarding’ mentally ill in emergency rooms,” Opinion, May 29]. These patients often wait several days for inpatient treatment,…More