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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…

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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

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

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…

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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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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…

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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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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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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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