mental health http://www.kplu.org en Mental Health Patients' Families Seek Right To Challenge Forced Commitment http://www.kplu.org/post/mental-health-patients-families-seek-right-challenge-forced-commitment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>Now some families want the right to appeal when a mental health professional says their loved one is not sick enough to be committed. They told their emotional stories to Washington lawmakers Monday.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:59:26 +0000 Taylor Winkel 13219 at http://www.kplu.org New Rural Mental Health Funding Called a Good Start http://www.kplu.org/post/new-rural-mental-health-funding-called-good-start <p>Northwest mental health experts are cautiously optimistic about a new federal grant program. But they call it a modest attempt to improve mental health care in rural areas.</p><p>The Obama administration announced Tuesday, the federal Department of Agriculture’s plans to spend up to $50 million over the next three years.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:10:51 +0000 Anna King 11577 at http://www.kplu.org State’s mental health reform focuses on preventive care http://www.kplu.org/post/state-s-mental-health-reform-focuses-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 http://www.kplu.org State’s mental health reform focuses on preventive care Eating disorders flare up during holiday season http://www.kplu.org/post/eating-disorders-flare-during-holiday-season <p></p><p>For anyone who loves holiday meals, the last hurrah comes tonight or perhaps New Years Day. But, those big buffet-styles meals are tough on people with eating disorders.</p><p>The evidence comes from a surge in people seeking treatment this time of year.&nbsp;</p><p><em>For the complete story, click the "listen" button above.</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:24:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7449 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's mentally ill on streets helped by 'roaming counselor' http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-mentally-ill-streets-helped-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="http://downtownseattle.com/News/NewsFull.php?nx=296">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 http://www.kplu.org Seattle's mentally ill on streets helped by 'roaming counselor' Advocates: Veterans with PTSD should get purple hearts, benefits http://www.kplu.org/post/advocates-veterans-ptsd-should-get-purple-hearts-benefits <p>Advocates for the mentally ill say the federal government isn&rsquo;t going far enough to help veterans who return from war with psychological wounds. They&rsquo;re in Seattle this week, demanding a change in military culture and better mental health care for veterans.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:41:18 +0000 Monica Spain 5443 at http://www.kplu.org Advocates: Veterans with PTSD should get purple hearts, benefits Learning 'mental' first aid, before the next crisis http://www.kplu.org/post/learning-mental-first-aid-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="http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/">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 http://www.kplu.org Learning 'mental' first aid, before the next crisis Brotherly bond clouded by schizophrenia http://www.kplu.org/post/brotherly-bond-clouded-schizophrenia <p>Some of the longest relationships are the life-long ties between siblings. But that connection can get complicated when one sibling suffers from a mental illness.</p><p>Many support programs don&rsquo;t focus much on the sibling relationships. Northwest News Network reporter Jessica Robinson recorded the story of two brothers: one in Moscow, Idaho, the other in Anchorage, Alaska. One has schizophrenia. The other grew up in the shadow of it.</p><p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:10:11 +0000 Jessica Robinson 3201 at http://www.kplu.org Brotherly bond clouded by schizophrenia In rural northwest mentally ill teens struggle for services http://www.kplu.org/post/rural-northwest-mentally-ill-teens-struggle-services <p>Experts say mental health services for teens are especially inadequate in rural areas. That describes huge swaths of our region.</p><p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:27:12 +0000 Anna King 3193 at http://www.kplu.org In rural northwest mentally ill teens struggle for services Early intervention key to treating mentally ill teens http://www.kplu.org/post/early-intervention-key-treating-mentally-ill-teens <p>The research is clear that the key to keeping a mentally ill teen in treatment and out of trouble is early intervention. Yet, most counties in the Northwest do not offer comprehensive treatment to kids in the initial stages of a mental breakdown.</p><p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:00:47 +0000 Chris Lehman 3188 at http://www.kplu.org Early intervention key to treating mentally ill teens Mentally ill juveniles cycle in and out of detention http://www.kplu.org/post/mentally-ill-juveniles-cycle-and-out-detention <p>Every year in the Northwest, thousands of mentally ill teenagers get caught up in the juvenile justice system. In fact, some counties estimate more than half of the kids they place behind bars have a diagnosable mental health condition like schizophrenia, bi-polar or personality disorder. Yet many of these teens do not get the treatment they need. Instead, they cycle in and out of detention.</p><p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:37:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3181 at http://www.kplu.org More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help http://www.kplu.org/post/more-lewis-mcchord-soldiers-seeking-mental-help <p>Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are hopeful they&#39;re making progress against the stigma that keeps some soldiers from getting help for mental health issues.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:07:23 +0000 The Associated Press 1959 at http://www.kplu.org More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help "Next to Normal" tackles tough subject of mental health with lighthearted song and dance http://www.kplu.org/post/next-normal-tackles-tough-subject-mental-health-lighthearted-song-and-dance <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder">Bipolar disorder</a> has been the inspiration for many artists and many works of art&hellip;from the movie <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> to Sylvia Plath&#39;s autobiographical novel, <em>The Bell Jar</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Now it&#39;s showing up in a musical, called &quot;<a href="http://www.5thavenue.org/show/nexttonormal1011/">Next to Normal</a>.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Ten years ago, the production had its genesis at <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/8/0/1566721/Arts..and..Culture/Village.Theatre.New.Musical.Mecca.in.Issaquah">The Village Theater </a>in Issaquah.&nbsp; Now, after numerous revisions, it&#39;s back in the Seattle area at the <a href="http://www.5thavenue.org/show/nexttonormal1011/">5th Avenue Theatre</a>.&nbsp; For the latest in our series ARTSCAPE, KPLU&#39;s Bellamy Pailthorp caught up with Bryan Yorkey, the writer of the show, who together with the composer, Tom Kitt, was the surprise winner of last year&#39;s <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat">Pulitzer Prize</a> for drama.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-953381.mp3</p><p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 01:09:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 824 at http://www.kplu.org "Next to Normal" tackles tough subject of mental health with lighthearted song and dance Alternative for mentally ill in crisis stirs debate http://www.kplu.org/post/alternative-mentally-ill-crisis-stirs-debate <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-950950.mp3</p><p>Crisis centers for the mentally ill are gaining popularity across Washington, as a way to help people <em>and </em>potentially save taxpayers' money.&nbsp; They’re an alternative to jails and emergency rooms.&nbsp;</p><p>But these short-term treatment centers are also running into hostility. Potential neighbors are unhappy about being next door to a facility where patients arrive by police car and ambulance, in the middle of a mental health or drug crisis.</p><p>In central Seattle, an angry backlash of homeowners is threatening to delay the opening of a proposed <a href="http://www.desc.org/crisis_solutions.html">“Crisis Solutions Center.”</a> The location is on a block <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1608+S.+Lane+Street,+seattle,+wa&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=1608+S+Lane+St,+Seattle,+WA+98144&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=zXI3Te-XDY7msQOc_qGuAw&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=geocode_result&amp;ct=image&amp;resnum=1&amp;ved=0CBQQ8gEwAA">near Rainier Avenue and Dearborn</a>, where businesses and stores give way to single-family homes. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:01:42 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 724 at http://www.kplu.org Alternative for mentally ill in crisis stirs debate Crisis center for mentally unstable opposed by neighbors http://www.kplu.org/post/crisis-center-mentally-unstable-opposed-neighbors <p>A diversion program intended to keep drug abusers and troubled mentally ill people out of hospitals and jails has run into opposition.&nbsp; Neighbors of a proposed new facility in Seattle don’t want it.&nbsp; They say the "Jackson Park" area between Rainier Valley and the Central District already has enough challenges and has become a dumping ground.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:34:54 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 569 at http://www.kplu.org