June 2, 2020 By Emily McCarty Crosscut https://crosscut.com/2020/06/lack-behavioral-health-care-wa-forces-families-apart
Playing outside with her seven kids on her 5-acre property outside of Moses Lake, Richelle Madigan has her hands full. But she and her husband wish they had just one more reason to be busy.
Christian, their 12-year-old adopted son, is currently in inpatient treatment for children with behavioral issues at a facility in Spokane. One year ago, the facility issued him a 30-day notice, which has been extended to a year, for Read More
May 8, 2020 By Keith Eldridge KOMO News https://komonews.com/news/coronavirus/mental-health-experts-warn-of-covid-19-emotional-distress
Mental health experts are predicting more unrest and depression as people try to cope with COVID-19 and the fallout from the global pandemic.
The predictions are troubling as the state’s mental health experts say we have passed the honeymoon stage of positive feelings and are heading into several months of disillusionment.
The unrest in Washington state could mount as people become less and less patient with the pace of the reopening of the Read More
Today, in partnership with NAMI, Google has launched an anxiety self-assessment tool. When people in the U.S. look up information about anxiety on Google, they will now have access to a clinically-validated questionnaire called the GAD-7 (General Anxiety Disorder-7) that helps evaluate a person’s level of anxiety. After taking the questionnaire, Google will point users to NAMI’s resources.
Anxiety disorders can present in a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. They can be the result of a combination of biological Read More
Jun 1, 2020 By Jessica Walthall NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/June-2020/The-Evolution-of-the-Mental-Health-Movement
As we enter a new decade, it’s important to remember that early NAMI pioneers were up against a society that didn’t understand, let alone talk about, mental illness. People with mental illness and their families were left in the dark, afraid that sharing their experiences could negatively impact their careers, relationships and lives.
In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, NAMI advocates had little to work with when it came to spreading Read More
May 8, 2020 By James Drew The News Tribune https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/coronavirus/article242582871.html
In addition to causing nearly 900 deaths and severe damage to the economy, COVID-19 likely will take a mental health toll on millions of Washington state residents by late this year, a clinical psychologist said Thursday.
“What we are anticipating is that between 2 million to 3 million Washingtonians are going to be adversely affected from a behavioral health perspective by this pandemic, particularly in terms of symptoms of depression,” said Read More
May 7, 2020 By Knute Berger Crosscut https://crosscut.com/2020/05/seattle-struggled-suicide-late-stages-1918-flu
The recent suicide of an experienced New York emergency room doctor, who was treating patients with COVID-19 and contracted it herself, is a startling reminder of the toll the virus can take on mental, as well as physical, health. Trauma from the novel coronavirus, we are learning, can reverberate far beyond the respiratory consequences of the disease itself.
While researching the impact of the Spanish flu outbreak in the Pacific Northwest, I was Read More