Regarding “Judge sets March 16 for trial for mentally ill in jails case” [Local News, Oct. 22], the decision is a positive move forward, but does not address the larger issue. Most people involved seem to agree rights are being violated but there is no remedy. I am concerned by why they are in…More
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Thank you for your inclusion of Jennifer Stuber’s guest column “Focus on suicide prevention to reduce gun deaths” [Opinion, Oct. 1]. Stuber’s column invites us to question the ways in which widespread stigmas about mental illness and its relationship to violence have powerful personal, social and political impacts. The current debate about firearm background checks focuses…More
Referencing David R. Stone’s guest column [“How to prevent more school shootings,” Opinion, June 28], we could make every effort at gun control and providing psychiatric care for the mentally ill among us without making much of a dent in the statistics. Without addressing the core causes of endemic emotional pain and hostility in this once incredibly prosperous country, this trend will continue. Bureaucratic fixes have nothing to do withMore
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…More
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.
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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…More
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
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