Today’s opinion piece by guest columnist Eleanor Owen [“Psychiatric boarding of mentally ill needs to end,” Opinion, Jan. 21] and Brian M. Rosenthal’s story on how hospitals are responding to the threatened loss of funding if boarding continues [“Kirkland hospital to change procedures for ‘boarding’ mentally ill,” Local News, Jan. 21]…More
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With the mass slayings by people with mental illnesses we need to endorse background checks as proposed by President Obama [“Obama proposes firearm background check changes,” News, Jan. 3]. Preventing murder, even with an insanity defense, is a high moral value notably seen in the Ten Commandments.
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
Involuntary commitment should be last resort The article about boarding the mentally ill sheds light on a huge social injustice done to people whom are being involuntarily committed for a mental illness. [“Boarding mentally ill becoming epidemic,” page one, Oct. 6]. The ethics of having someone involuntarily committed raises questions about basic human rights and freedom, as…More
Make resources available Last Saturday’s tragic and senseless stabbing death of Troy Wolff and hospitalization of Kristin Ito cannot be forgotten. [“Guest column: How to make downtown more safe after the death of Troy Wolff,” Opinion, Sept. 19.] We must work on ways to prevent these random acts of violence. Community leaders who have resources to effect…More
Focus on mental health Recent headlines regarding Aaron Alexis and Donnell D. Jackson have the same conclusions. [“Red flags before D.C. gunman’s first shot,” page one, Sept. 18,] and [“Fatal-stabbing suspect was ordered to mental hospital,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 18.] The two men both had serious mental-health problems and, evidently, they were not getting the…More
Learn about mental illness, de-escalation It seems nothing short of a miracle that the Metro driver who recently suffered an armed assault survived, let alone with relatively minimal physical injury. [“Metro driver recalls terror, riders who rushed to help,” page one, Aug. 14.] It is fortunate that this occurred in an area with a high concentration…More