mental health http://kuow.org en Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-puts-hospital-boarding-decision-hold <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082514AJ_Jenkins-DEBRIEF_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally ill patients starting this week. The Supreme Court Monday put a hold on a recent ruling that says it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.<p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:15:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40681 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling http://kuow.org/post/washington-seeks-emergency-stay-psychiatric-boarding-ruling <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082214AJ_Beyer_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds.<p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:21:48 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40631 at http://kuow.org Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio http://kuow.org/post/mental-health-cops-help-reweave-social-safety-net-san-antonio It's almost 4 p.m., and police officers Ernest Stevens and Ned Bandoske have been driving around town in their unmarked black SUV since early this morning. The officers are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may be an issue.<p>The officers spot a call for help on their laptop from a group home across town.<p>"A male individual put a blanket on fire this morning," Stevens reads from the blotter. "He's arguing ... and is a danger to himself and others. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:35:00 +0000 editor 40305 at http://kuow.org Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio Washington Races The Clock To Find New Beds For 200 Psychiatric Patients http://kuow.org/post/washington-races-clock-find-new-beds-200-psychiatric-patients <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/081414JR_PsychBoarding_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state of Washington is scrambling to find beds for an estimated 200 mental health patients by August 27. That's when the state must comply with a Washington Supreme Court ruling that said detaining psychiatric patients in emergency room beds is unlawful.<p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:17:45 +0000 Jessica Robinson 40131 at http://kuow.org Why Middle Aged White Men Have A Higher Risk For Suicide http://kuow.org/post/why-middle-aged-white-men-have-higher-risk-suicide <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Sue Eastgard about suicide prevention and how that differs between gender. Eastgard is the director of training for Forefront, a University of Washington suicide prevention organization. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:38:04 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 39984 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Outlaws Mental Health 'Boarding' http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-outlaws-mental-health-boarding <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/080714AJ_PsychBoarding_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington Supreme Court </span><a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/901104.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">unanimously ruled Thursday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that the practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful.</span><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:51:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39740 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Outlaws Mental Health 'Boarding' Western State Hospital Faces Lawsuit Over Wait Times http://kuow.org/post/western-state-hospital-faces-lawsuit-over-wait-times <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with <a href="http://snohomishcountywa.gov/199/Office-of-Public-Defense">Snohomish County public defender</a> Cassie Trueblood about a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court against Western State Hospital. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:03:26 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 39550 at http://kuow.org Nearly 87 Percent Of Mentally Ill Washingtonians Are Unemployed http://kuow.org/post/nearly-87-percent-mentally-ill-washingtonians-are-unemployed <p>Ross Reynolds talks with David Johnson, CEO of Navos Mental Health Solutions, about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the connections between <a href="http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Policy_Reports&amp;Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&amp;ContentID=169263">mental illness and unemployment</a>. A recent report found that in Washington state, 86.9 percent of people who make contact with the public health system are unemployed. That's higher than the national average of 80 percent. </span> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:29:50 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 38279 at http://kuow.org Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk http://kuow.org/post/suicide-attempt-survivors-seek-voice-helping-others-risk In 2008, Cara Anna was working as a foreign correspondent in China and feeling overwhelmed by isolation, hostility from local authorities and a gnawing feeling that she was a failure. Her anguish led her to try suicide.<p>After waking up alive, she kept her attempt a secret. Asking for help seemed shameful, and she feared for her job if her employer found out. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:55:00 +0000 editor 38065 at http://kuow.org Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns http://kuow.org/post/online-psychotherapy-gains-fans-and-raises-privacy-concerns Lauren Kay has never met her therapist in person. The 24-year-old entrepreneur found it difficult to take time off work for appointments.<p>So she started seeing a psychotherapist online.<p>"It's definitely been different," she says. Kay, who lives in New York, found her counselor through an online therapy service called <a href="https://prettypaddedroom.com/">Pretty Padded Room</a>. When it's time for an appointment, all she has to do is log in to the website, click a link and start video chatting.<p>The format works well for her. "It felt like Skyping with a friend," she says. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 editor 37310 at http://kuow.org Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding http://kuow.org/post/state-supreme-court-considers-constitutionality-psychiatric-boarding <p>Parking mentally ill patients in the emergency room while waiting for treatment is a common practice, but&nbsp; also controversial. Psychiatric boarding, as it's known, used to be the exception. But in the last six years, the number of patients who've experienced it has nearly tripled.&nbsp; Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether boarding is constitutional. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:17:28 +0000 Ruby de Luna 37180 at http://kuow.org State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding More Young Adults Get Inpatient Psychiatric Care After Health Law http://kuow.org/post/more-young-adults-get-inpatient-psychiatric-care-after-health-law Expanded coverage for young adults under the Affordable Care Act substantially raised inpatient hospital visits related to mental health, finds <a href="http://www.nber.org/papers/w20202?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw">a study</a> conducted by researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities.<p>That looks like good news: Better access to care for a population with <a href="http://www.samhsa.gov/samhsanewsletter/Volume_18_Number_6/MentalHealthReport.aspx">higher-than-average levels of mental illness</a> that too often endangers them and people nearby.<p>But it might not be the b Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:52:27 +0000 editor 36192 at http://kuow.org More Young Adults Get Inpatient Psychiatric Care After Health Law Following SPU Shooting, Mental Health Advocates Push For Early Intervention http://kuow.org/post/following-spu-shooting-mental-health-advocates-push-early-intervention <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Sandi Ando about reforming Washington state's mental health system. Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the <a href="http://www.namiwa.org/">National Alliance On Mental Illness</a>. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:15:33 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 36126 at http://kuow.org More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD http://kuow.org/post/more-and-more-young-women-are-being-diagnosed-adhd As a child, Diany Levy was called lazy and unfocused. She remembers that teachers called home on a daily basis to tell her parents she was not paying attention in class. Now, at the age of 23, Diany has finally been diagnosed with the cause of her problems – ADHD.<p>Levy is not alone. The number of Americans taking medication to treat <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002518/">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder</a> is steadily rising. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 36019 at http://kuow.org More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD Patient Preference In PTSD Treatment Improves Quality Of Life, Cost Effectiveness http://kuow.org/post/patient-preference-ptsd-treatment-improves-quality-life-cost-effectiveness <p>When patients receive treatment for PTSD they normally don’t get asked what kind of therapy they’d like to receive. Often the provider will use the therapy that is most familiar to them.</p><p>That can include antidepressants or psychotherapy, maybe both. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:42:27 +0000 Patricia Murphy 35617 at http://kuow.org