On Losing My Darling Natalie – Children’s Mental Health Network

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, depression, Mental Illness, Suicide | Comments Off on On Losing My Darling Natalie – Children’s Mental Health Network

A touching story of a mom and her daughter’s struggle with mental health published in the Children’s Mental Health Network. On Losing My Darling Natalie – Doris Fuller I lost my darling daughter Natalie to terminal mental illness last weekend.  She killed herself one month short of her 29th birthday by stepping in front of a train in Baltimore.

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Revise ITA Timeline for Police Referrals to Allow for Medical Treatment Prior to DMHP Evaluation

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Advocacy | Comments Off on Revise ITA Timeline for Police Referrals to Allow for Medical Treatment Prior to DMHP Evaluation

By Zakia Ruquiya, GPS Lead Parent Partner Current language sets a different standard for persons delivered to an ED by a police officer than those who have arrived voluntarily. ED’s are provided with the authority to detain a person pending an evaluation by a DMHP in either instance, but the time period they are allowed to detain an individual is 12 hours from the time they arrive in the ED for police referrals, as opposed to six hours from the time the determination has been made that an evaluation is necessary. Medical Stabilization Must Occur First Only once the person is medically...

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Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Bullying, Children's Mental Health, young adults | Comments Off on Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

A wonderfully, readable story of transgender students from KUOW.org The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the ninth grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under her breath that some people don’t identify their gender with the biological sex they were born with. At the time it didn’t faze me because I’d never known anyone who’d talked about it or felt that way. But now, three years later, I have a 16-year-old classmate who’s transgender. His name is Jace McDonald. For the rest of the story please go to: ...

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Restore Non-Medicaid Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Advocacy, Children's Mental Health, depression, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Mental Illness, Policy Day | Comments Off on Restore Non-Medicaid Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

by Pam Romine, GPS Office and Volunteer Coordinator Even during the best of economic times, youth and adults living with mental illness struggle to access essential mental health services and supports. Services are often unavailable or inaccessible for those who need them the most. One in 17 people in America lives with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder. About one in 10 children live with a serious mental disorder. Unfortunately, the public often focuses on mental illness only when high visibility tragedies of the magnitude of Newtown...

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Two of my Favorite Objectives

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Advocacy, Children's Mental Health, depression, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Mental Illness, Recovery | Comments Off on Two of my Favorite Objectives

by Ron Jaeger, GPS Board Member I’ve been looking over my notes from the King County Mental Health Forum last November.  The forum touched on two of my favorite objectives for legislative advocacy.  They are both general but apply to a lot of the changes I believe that families want to see: 1) Empower families and communities to help loved ones 2) Incentivize the systems to help people as early as possible You may remember the comments of Jim Volendroff, the new Division Director of King County Mental Health and Chemical Abuse Dependency who said  “As an adolescent, I had my...

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