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Jun 29, 2017

“In Korea, there is no such thing as mental health. One is seen as 'weak' if they have a mental health issue. People with mental health issues are seen as ‘crazy’ and the issue is something that must be overcome. It is often seen as a lack of faith in Christ.” My interviewee, Jin-Hee, is a Korean-American mental health professional in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Born to Korean parents, she was raised in a traditional Korean church community. Given that depression is perceived as a sign of personal weakness, according to Jin-Hee, it is not seen as a clinical issue in Korea.... read more

Apr 20, 2017

“You have to treat the root of the problem, and not just operate on the symptoms,” explained Ebbem, a Norwegian medical student and my seatmate on a recent flight from Oslo to Amsterdam. “When I did my psychiatric rotations in northern Norway, I would ask people ‘How are you today?’ and they would talk for great lengths and detail about everything that was bothering them. It was as if no one had ever asked them ‘How are you today?’ It was clear they had a lot to get off their chest. It helped that I was an outsider who they had never met and had no long-term presence in their community.”... read more

Apr 06, 2017

Men in the middle years — that is, men between the ages of 35 to 64 — make up less than a fifth of the U.S. population. They also account for 40 percent of suicides.

As I mentioned in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) Spark Talk video, because of the large number of people in this demographic and its high rate of suicide, it will not be possible to reduce the overall number of suicides in the U.S. unless the MIMY suicide rate drops.

Disproportionate public investment in... read more

Mar 08, 2017

It is easy for people (and the media) to blame suicide on one factor — like bullying. But suicide is complex, and usually involves a mix of factors such as depression and anxiety. Similarly, it is also easy for people to praise one factor for decreasing suicide rates. A recent Los Angeles Times article highlights a study showing that same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens. Author Melissa Healy explores the lowe... read more

Feb 28, 2017

This week, I have a personal call to action: Asking your state Representatives to support SHB 1047, the secure drug take-back bill. In order to stay alive, this bill (now in the House Rules Committee) needs to be pulled from Rules and receive a floor vote by 5PM on Wednesday, March 8.

With enough phone calls and emails to legislators, this will happen!

The WA Secure Drug Take-Back Bill (SHB 1047) will create a statewide medicine return program wi... read more

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