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Now, students can take a mental health day without cutting class

This month school districts across the state face a deadline to update their absence policies to cover mental health-related reasons as an excused absence. Parents will be able to call to excuse their child from class as they would for reasons such as illness, family emergency, scholarship interviews or court proceedings.

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What role should police play in mental health calls? Seattle has small, limited crisis staff

Evidence shows people with mental health problems experience worse — sometimes lethal — outcomes when police get involved. According to a national 2015 study by the Treatment Advocacy Center, people with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police interaction than other residents.

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Stop conflating mass shootings with mental illness | Mental Health Perspectives

Authored by Lauren Simons, CEO of NAMI Washington

"These events have brought a renewed focus on mental illness and attempts to link mental illness to violence. As the CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington, I beg of you to stop. Violence is not a product of mental illness. Violence is a product of untreated anger."

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Texas school shooting: How to help kids get through unspeakable horror

Recent events is forcing parents and schools to once again confront how to talk to kids about violence. Experts have told The Times these are complex and sensitive conversations, but also vital — especially for the children of today, who've endured a pandemic. Here are some tips experts have suggested.

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Should Will Smith's Slap Be Condemned More Harshly Than Chris Rock's Words?

The age-old phrase, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is disproven time and time again when I watch the mental health, and subsequently, physical health, of children and adults decline due to verbal abuse or bullying.

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How Washington lawmakers did — and didn’t — boost mental health care this year

New laws around mental health issues were often placed on the back burner during this year’s legislative session, as hot topics like policing and affordable housing demanded legislators’ attention. 

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Where are you most likely to catch COVID? New study highlights high risk locations

It’s well known that certain places and activities carry varying risks of coronavirus exposure, but a new study takes away much of the guesswork, offering clear estimates instead.

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The Pocket Guide to Mental Strength and Fitness

Mental strength and fitness refers to your internal game; it’s the ability to stay in shape for life: To manage your thoughts and emotions in healthy, adaptable ways.

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Much-Needed Everett Mental Health Unit Opens With 24 Beds

Nature photos. A view of the water. Foam doors. Comfortable rocking chairs. Those are a few of the features at Providence Regional Medical Center’s new 24-bed in-patient behavioral health unit that opened Thursday in Everett.

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Compass Health’s New Supportive Housing Facility

On May 21, 2021 Compass Health opened its permanent supportive housing facility as part of the Broadway Campus Redevelopment project. The new supportive housing facility includes 82 units of housing and many other features that will provide a lasting impact on the community.

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