mental health

Mental Health
7:15 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold

File photo of The Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 4:53 pm

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.

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Mental Health
9:21 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling

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Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:01 am

The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds.

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Intervention
12:35 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

Officers Ned Bandoske (left) and Ernest Stevens are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may play a role.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 9:08 am

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.

The officers spot a call for help on their laptop from a group home across town.

"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. He's off his medications."

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Psychiatric Boarding
8:17 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Washington Races The Clock To Find New Beds For 200 Psychiatric Patients

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 4:12 pm

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.

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Mental Health
3:38 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Why Middle Aged White Men Have A Higher Risk For Suicide

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.

Emergency Rooms
7:51 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Outlaws Mental Health 'Boarding'

File photo of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 5:26 pm

The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful.

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Mental Health
3:03 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Western State Hospital Faces Lawsuit Over Wait Times

Ross Reynolds talks with Snohomish County public defender Cassie Trueblood about a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court against Western State Hospital.

Mental Health
3:29 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Nearly 87 Percent Of Mentally Ill Washingtonians Are Unemployed

Ross Reynolds talks with David Johnson, CEO of Navos Mental Health Solutions, about the connections between mental illness and unemployment. 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.

Mental Health
9:55 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk

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Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 3:29 am

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.

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. But after a second suicide attempt 15 months later, Anna realized that to recover she needed to stop feeling ashamed.

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Mental Health
12:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am

Lauren Kay has never met her therapist in person. The 24-year-old entrepreneur found it difficult to take time off work for appointments.

So she started seeing a psychotherapist online.

"It's definitely been different," she says. Kay, who lives in New York, found her counselor through an online therapy service called Pretty Padded Room. 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.

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Psychiatric Boarding
5:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding

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Parking mentally ill patients in the emergency room while waiting for treatment is a common practice, but  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.  Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether boarding is constitutional.

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Health
7:52 am
Wed June 11, 2014

More Young Adults Get Inpatient Psychiatric Care After Health Law

Mental health admissions of young people rose 9 percent after implementation of a key portion of the Affordable Care Act, researchers say.
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Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:29 am

Expanded coverage for young adults under the Affordable Care Act substantially raised inpatient hospital visits related to mental health, finds a study conducted by researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities.

That looks like good news: Better access to care for a population with higher-than-average levels of mental illness that too often endangers them and people nearby.

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Mental Health Reform
3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Following SPU Shooting, Mental Health Advocates Push For Early Intervention

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 National Alliance On Mental Illness.

ADHD
6:33 am
Mon June 9, 2014

More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD

The stress of adult life can make living with undiagnosed ADHD very difficult, doctors say.
Jing Wei for NPR

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.

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Trauma Research
9:42 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Patient Preference In PTSD Treatment Improves Quality Of Life, Cost Effectiveness

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.

That can include antidepressants or psychotherapy, maybe both.

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