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Locking up people with mental health issues won’t help. Here’s what will.

July 17, 2020

June 22, 2020 By Naomi Ishisaka The Seattle Times https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/locking-up-people-with-mental-health-issues-wont-help-heres-what-will/ It took 30 years of searching, but Rick Hoffman finally found the healing he was looking for. Since childhood, Hoffman (Santee Dakota Sioux) struggled with generational and familial trauma, abuse, addiction and ultimately, about 12 years of incarceration. But two years ago, in the last more »

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State launches Washington Listens program to support people affected by the stress of COVID-19

Jul 6, 2020 By Kailey Davis NBC Right Now https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/state-launches-washington-listens-program-to-support-people-affected-by-the-stress-of-covid-19/article_5031fa06-bfd1-11ea-8911-cf6eb9cb7118.html OLYMPIA – In response to COVID-19, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the pandemic. People who call the Washington Listens support line will speak with a support specialist and get more »

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Discrimination and Racism in the History of Mental Health Care

July 6, 2020 By Kylie M. Smith, Ph.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2020/Discrimination-and-Racism-in-the-History-of-Mental-Health-Care People with mental illness have always been discriminated against. They have been denied full participation in society and labeled as dangerous and criminal. Many have been locked in institutions that acted more like prisons designed to punish than hospitals designed to treat. In the 1960s, more »

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This Minority Mental Health Month, NAMI is Raising Awareness About Mental Health in Underrepresented Communities

July 1, 2020 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/This-Minority-Mental-Health-Month-NAMI-is-Raising-Awareness-About-Mental-Health-in-Underrepresent Arlington, VA — NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has the goal of raising awareness about mental health care in underrepresented communities. Our culture, beliefs, sexual identity, values, race and language all affect how we perceive and experience mental health conditions. In fact, cultural differences can influence what treatments, coping mechanisms and more »

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Lack of behavioral health care in WA forces families apart

June 6, 2020

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 more »

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