mental health http://kuow.org en New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening http://kuow.org/post/new-program-harborview-works-toward-universal-ptsd-screening <p>Re-experiencing, avoidance, hyperarousal: these are the three categories of post-traumatic stress disorder as laid out by the <a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml">National Institute of Mental Health.</a> They commonly go by more common names: nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, social isolation, poor concentration, insomnia and startling. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:58:19 +0000 Andy Hurst & Marcie Sillman 30410 at http://kuow.org New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy http://kuow.org/post/seattle-police-adopt-new-crisis-intervention-policy <p>A new policy for the Seattle Police Department aims to change how officers handle crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence. The crisis intervention policy, which takes effect Monday, is part of the city’s federally-mandated police reforms. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:25:04 +0000 Liz Jones 29786 at http://kuow.org Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy King County Pioneers New Practice For Refugee Mental Health http://kuow.org/post/king-county-pioneers-new-practice-refugee-mental-health <p></p><p>On a recent afternoon, about a dozen Somali women talk in spurts as they weave 4-inch metal needles through a basket.</p><p>It doesn't look like therapy, but in a way, it is. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:21:09 +0000 Liz Jones 29407 at http://kuow.org King County Pioneers New Practice For Refugee Mental Health Public Defender Pushes Back On Involuntary Committment Bill http://kuow.org/post/public-defender-pushes-back-involuntary-committment-bill <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Mike DeFelice, supervising attorney for civil commitments at the King County Public Defender's office, about a proposed bill that would give people more say over the involuntary commitment of a mentally ill family member. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:54:49 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 28833 at http://kuow.org Public Defender Pushes Back On Involuntary Committment Bill SPD's New Approach For Treating People With Mental Illnessnes And Drug Addiction http://kuow.org/post/spds-new-approach-treating-people-mental-illnessnes-and-drug-addiction <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of the <a href="http://www.desc.org/index.html">Downtown Emergency Service Center</a>, about the Seattle Police Department's new policy for dealing with people who have mental illnesses or drug and alcohol issues. Hobson is also a member of Seattle's <a href="https://www.seattle.gov/policecommission/">Community Police Commission</a>. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:35:33 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 28747 at http://kuow.org SPD's New Approach For Treating People With Mental Illnessnes And Drug Addiction Mental Healthcare Professionals Decisions May Be Overruled By Patients' Family http://kuow.org/post/mental-healthcare-professionals-decisions-may-be-overruled-patients-family <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/020314TW_InvoluntaryCommitment_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>More than 10,000 mental health patients were involuntarily hospitalized last year in Washington. But not every patient qualifies for forced hospitalization under the law.<p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:40:40 +0000 Taylor Winkel 28182 at http://kuow.org Mental Healthcare Professionals Decisions May Be Overruled By Patients' Family Mental Health Advocates Push For Change Of ‘Shattered System’ http://kuow.org/post/mental-health-advocates-push-change-shattered-system <p>Steve Scher talks with mental health advocate Sandi Ando about a proposed law that would allow people to petition a court to have a family member committed against his or her will.</p><p>Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the <a href="http://www.nami.org/">National Alliance on Mental Illness</a>. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:04:23 +0000 Steve Scher & Andy Hurst 27941 at http://kuow.org Mental Health Advocates Push For Change Of ‘Shattered System’ Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans http://kuow.org/post/hypervigilance-and-crowds-complicate-holidays-and-life-back-home-veterans <p>Steve Scher gets tips from licensed mental health counselor and&nbsp;suicidologist&nbsp;Randi Jensen on how to help combat war veterans get through the holiday season and beyond. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:53:02 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich 26350 at http://kuow.org Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans Living With A Loud, Busy Bar In Your Head http://kuow.org/post/living-loud-busy-bar-your-head <p>Medication has helped Jon Buckland’s symptoms, but the voices in his head never go away.</p><p>By his description, it’s like being in a loud, busy bar. “It’s like throwing that whole bar, and what you can’t control, into one moment inside your brain during that time that you’re still trying to hold on to conversation normally outside your head,” Buckland said. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Ruby de Luna 25978 at http://kuow.org Living With A Loud, Busy Bar In Your Head Why George Bailey's Suicide Attempt Is A Statistical Outlier http://kuow.org/post/why-george-baileys-suicide-attempt-statistical-outlier <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/122013JR_SuicideSeason_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Portland and Spokane have been trying to prevent people from jumping off the cities' iconic bridges. In the last few weeks, police in both cities have responded to suicides or attempted suicides.<p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:32:59 +0000 Jessica Robinson 25953 at http://kuow.org Why George Bailey's Suicide Attempt Is A Statistical Outlier Coming Out Of The Depression Closet http://kuow.org/post/coming-out-depression-closet <p>Steve Scher sits down with psychiatrist&nbsp;Thomas Patamia with suggestions on how to talk about depression with your family. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:23:03 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Steve Scher 25789 at http://kuow.org Coming Out Of The Depression Closet The Difference Between Being Sad And Having SAD http://kuow.org/post/difference-between-being-sad-and-having-sad <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve </span>Scher<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>talks with psychiatrist Dr. Tobias Dang from Group Health about<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="https://www.ghc.org/kbase/topic.jhtml?docId=hw169553" style="line-height: 1.5;">Seasonal Affective Disorder</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:43:05 +0000 Steve Scher & Arwen Nicks 24080 at http://kuow.org The Difference Between Being Sad And Having SAD Insurance Coverage Of Mental Health Services Grows Under Affordable Care Act http://kuow.org/post/insurance-coverage-mental-health-services-grows-under-affordable-care-act <p>Ross Reynolds talk with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amnon</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shoenfeld, the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division, about the new health care regulations for insurance companies.</span> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:28:02 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Arwen Nicks 23520 at http://kuow.org Mental Health In China With Michael Phillips http://kuow.org/post/mental-health-china-michael-phillips <p></p><p>China is listed as a country with one of the highest rates of suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mental health services often carry a stigma, though that’s starting to change. The government recently passed the country’s first national mental health law.</p><p>Michael Phillips has lived and worked in China since 1985 at the end of the Cultural Revolution. He discussed China’s mental health landscape at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall as part of the graduate school lecture series on October 15. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:33:15 +0000 Rachel Solomon 23107 at http://kuow.org 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