Western State Hospital http://kuow.org en Assaults Are "Constant Disruption" At State Mental Hospitals http://kuow.org/post/assaults-are-constant-disruption-state-mental-hospitals <p>Violence is a &ldquo;constant disruption&rdquo; at the state&rsquo;s two main psychiatric hospitals, according to a new report jointly commissioned by The Department of Social and Health Services and the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union that represents much of the front-line staff at the hospitals.&nbsp; Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:00:13 +0000 John Ryan 21879 at http://kuow.org Assaults Are "Constant Disruption" At State Mental Hospitals The Sanka Party Brews Activism Inside A Mental Hospital http://kuow.org/post/sanka-party-brews-activism-inside-mental-hospital <p></p><p>The Tea Party has become a fixture in American politics. But the Sanka Party? Not so much. Other than an interest in hot beverages, the two activist groups have little in common. The Sanka Party got started last summer near Tacoma, Wash., in the unlikeliest of places: inside the walls of the state’s largest psychiatric institution.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 02:37:38 +0000 John Ryan 9388 at http://kuow.org The Sanka Party Brews Activism Inside A Mental Hospital King County Calls For Fix In State Mental Health System http://kuow.org/post/king-county-calls-fix-state-mental-health-system <p></p><p>King County is facing a major problem. It doesn’t have enough beds for mentally ill people going through the court system.&nbsp;The county has nowhere to send them, and some are being released without treatment.<br> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:38:53 +0000 Ruby de Luna 6775 at http://kuow.org King County Calls For Fix In State Mental Health System Safety And Suicide At Western State Hospital http://kuow.org/post/safety-and-suicide-western-state-hospital-0 <p></p><p><em>Editors' Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know might be suicidal, visit the <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/">National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</a> or call 800.273.8255 (</em><em>800.273.</em><em>TALK</em><em>). </em></p><p><a href="http://www.dshs.wa.gov/mhsystems/wsh.shtml">Western State Hospital</a> in Lakewood is the largest psychiatric institution in the Pacific Northwest. Its mission statement says the hospital:</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 22:25:53 +0000 John Ryan 3608 at http://kuow.org Safety And Suicide At Western State Hospital Through The Cracks: The Life And Death Of Megan Templeton http://kuow.org/post/through-cracks-life-and-death-megan-templeton <p><em>Editors' Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know might be suicidal, visit the <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/">National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</a> or call </em><em>800.273.8255 (</em><em>800.273.</em><em>TALK</em><em>). </em></p><p>In the past decade, a dozen Western State Hospital patients have killed themselves. More than a hundred others have tried.&nbsp; Megan Templeton was the most recent. In April, she hanged herself in her hospital room. She had turned 20 the day before.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 22:23:02 +0000 John Ryan 1568 at http://kuow.org Through The Cracks: The Life And Death Of Megan Templeton