mental health

Health Care
2:58 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening

Harborview Medical Center
Flickr Photo/camknows (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Re-experiencing, avoidance, hyperarousal: these are the three categories of post-traumatic stress disorder as laid out by the National Institute of Mental Health. They commonly go by more common names: nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, social isolation, poor concentration, insomnia and startling.

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Reform Efforts
2:25 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

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.

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Mental Health Awareness
8:21 am
Wed February 26, 2014

King County Pioneers New Practice For Refugee Mental Health

Farhiya Mohamed was 19 years old when her family came to the U.S. from Somalia as refugees.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

On a recent afternoon, about a dozen Somali women talk in spurts as they weave 4-inch metal needles through a basket.

It doesn't look like therapy, but in a way, it is.

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Mental Health
2:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Public Defender Pushes Back On Involuntary Committment Bill

Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

Police Reform
2:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

SPD's New Approach For Treating People With Mental Illnessnes And Drug Addiction

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

Marcie Sillman talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, 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 Community Police Commission.

Government
8:40 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Mental Healthcare Professionals Decisions May Be Overruled By Patients' Family

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:36 pm

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.

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Mental Health
4:04 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Mental Health Advocates Push For Change Of ‘Shattered System’

A proposed law would allow people to petition a court to have family members involuntarily committed to a mental facility.
Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Mental Health
3:53 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans

Flickr Photo/United States Air Forces - Iraq

Steve Scher gets tips from licensed mental health counselor and suicidologist Randi Jensen on how to help combat war veterans get through the holiday season and beyond.

Postscripts
12:14 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Living With A Loud, Busy Bar In Your Head

Jon Buckland collects sea corals. It's a hobby that keeps him busy. Watching the sea creatures relaxes him.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Medication has helped Jon Buckland’s symptoms, but the voices in his head never go away.

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.

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Myth Buster
7:32 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Why George Bailey's Suicide Attempt Is A Statistical Outlier

George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, rethinks a plan to kill himself in “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
National Telefilm Associates

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 9:38 am

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.

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Mental Health
3:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Coming Out Of The Depression Closet

Flickr Photo/Piermario

Steve Scher sits down with psychiatrist Thomas Patamia with suggestions on how to talk about depression with your family.

Seasonal Affective Disorder
4:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Difference Between Being Sad And Having SAD

Flickr Photo/Josh Semans

Steve Scher talks with psychiatrist Dr. Tobias Dang from Group Health about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Health Care Reform
4:28 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Insurance Coverage Of Mental Health Services Grows Under Affordable Care Act

Ross Reynolds talk with Amnon Shoenfeld, the director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division, about the new health care regulations for insurance companies.

Mental Health
9:33 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Mental Health In China With Michael Phillips

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.

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.

Mental Health
8:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Assaults Are "Constant Disruption" At State Mental Hospitals

The main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.
John Ryan KUOW

Violence is a “constant disruption” at the state’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. 

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