Mental illness en Washington Supreme Court Affirms Mental Health ‘Boarding’ Unlawful <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.</p><p>The justices upheld a lower court ruling in the case of 10 psychiatric patients who were involuntarily detained under state law, then placed in non-psychiatric beds.</p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:57:57 +0000 Austin Jenkins 18063 at Washington Supreme Court Affirms Mental Health ‘Boarding’ Unlawful Stabbing Death Prompts Call for Tax to Fund Mental Health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last weekend’s random killing of Shoreline Community College English Professor Troy Wolff in Pioneer Square has prompted Seattle Mayor Mike </span>McGinn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to call for more money to be spent on mental health resources, including a possible tax dedicated to mental health.</span></p><p>Donnell Jackson has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of Wolff and Kristin Ito, who survived the attack.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:22:34 +0000 Paula Wissel 10058 at Stabbing Death Prompts Call for Tax to Fund Mental Health How a person becomes involuntarily committed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Exactly one year has passed since an angry and unstable man killed four people at Seattle’s </span>Café<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Racer and one more woman near downtown before shooting himself. </span><a href=";cx=010251366440257945544%3Ay-awufi-sb8&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ian Stawicki</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was never diagnosed with a mental illness, but he exhibited many of the signs.</span></p><p>When someone is in a mental health crisis, who decides if the or she gets hospitalized involuntarily? Thu, 30 May 2013 20:56:54 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8945 at How a person becomes involuntarily committed Cafe Racer gunman's father : I 'should’ve kept coming back at it' <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For Walt </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stawicki</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the past year has been one of grieving and what-ifs. Exactly one year ago, his 40-year-old son <a href=";cx=010251366440257945544%3Ay-awufi-sb8&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=">Ian </a></span><a href=";cx=010251366440257945544%3Ay-awufi-sb8&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=" style="line-height: 1.5;">Stawicki</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, killed himself in West Seattle after fatally shooting five people, including <a href="">four at </a></span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Café</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href=""> Racer</a>.</span></p><p>Stawicki is pleased the Legislature passed a law making it easier to commit someone involuntarily for psychiatric care. He says&nbsp;he and his wife struggled to find the right care for their son, especially after they took a trip and noticed their son had deteriorated. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 8925 at Cafe Racer gunman's father : I 'should’ve kept coming back at it' State’s mental health reform focuses on preventive care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health care advocates are pushing Washington state lawmakers to keep up momentum toward expanding access to Medicaid. About 100 people rallied on the Capitol steps in Olympia Thursday. They argue one group that will especially benefit is people with mental illness.</span></p><p>Inside the Capitol, that’s one of many issues related to the mentally-ill. Several measures focus on broadening access to community mental health services as opposed to big institutions. The idea is to get help for mentally-ill people before they get into trouble.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:28:20 +0000 Alexandra Kocik 8219 at State’s mental health reform focuses on preventive care Lawmakers support emergency lockup during a psychotic break, but will they fund it? <p></p><p>Gun control proposals are having trouble getting majority support in the state legislature. But when it comes to people in a mental health emergency – who may pose a threat to themselves or others -- lawmakers appear more united.</p><p>They unanimously approved several measures late Monday aimed at making it easier to hold someone involuntarily.</p><p>They have the support of family members who’ve had to deal with a loved one who’s out of control. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:36:37 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7952 at When your adult child has severe mental illness: an activist mother's perspective <p>The school shootings in Connecticut have an extra layer of sadness for parents whose children are mentally ill.</p><p>In fact, Washington’s and America's <a href="">main advocacy group for the mentally ill</a> -- the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) -- was organized by a Seattle mother back in the 1970s, after her son, filled with schizophrenic delusions, shot and killed a man.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:27:51 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7410 at When your adult child has severe mental illness: an activist mother's perspective Seattle's mentally ill on streets helped by 'roaming counselor' <p></p><p>If you’ve been to downtown Seattle, you’ve probably seen people talking to themselves on street corners, or shouting at strangers. Now there’s a fresh face trying to help those in psychiatric crisis.</p><p>He’s a <a href="">roaming mental health counselor</a>, hired by the Union Gospel Mission and downtown’s business-funded Metropolitan Improvement District.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:03:20 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6986 at Seattle's mentally ill on streets helped by 'roaming counselor' Learning 'mental' first aid, before the next crisis <p>In the wake of the recent murder spree at Café Racer, there have been questions about how to get help for someone whose mental health is deteriorating. Social service agencies are filling part of the gap, by training volunteers to provide what they call &quot;<a href="">mental health first aid</a>.&quot;</p><p>The idea comes by comparison to CPR &ndash; a type of first aid any of us can learn. The mental health version is a 12-hour course for anyone who wants to be better equipped to help someone in a mental health crisis. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:43:23 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5233 at Learning 'mental' first aid, before the next crisis Sales tax boost would create safety net for mentally ill <p>If you live anywhere in the Puget Sound region you probably pay a small sales tax to support mental health services. The main exception is in Pierce County.</p><p>That may change, at least within Tacoma city limits.</p><p>A proposal in front of the Tacoma City Council would raise the sales tax by 1/10th of a percent, or a penny per $10 purchase. That&rsquo;s the same as residents pay in King, Snohomish, Thurston and many other counties. The revenue would be dedicated to a broad array of services to assist people with serious mental illness or drug abuse problems.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:04:35 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4505 at Research into rat emotions could help develop human drugs <p>A Washington State University researcher says new findings about the emotions of rats could lead to treatments for mental illness in humans. Jaak Panksepp writes in the latest issue of the journal, Science.</p><p>He was reacting to a new study showing that rats demonstrate empathy and altruism toward a fellow rat who was stuck in a trap.</p><p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:33:04 +0000 Colin Fogarty & Anna King 3420 at