This month, The Seattle Times Mental Health Project is exploring different facets of Washington’s mental health crisis response system, how it works and doesn’t, and examining solutions people are bringing to improve it.
The discordant network of emergency rooms, psychiatric institutions, jails, courtrooms and law enforcement, which has long faced challenges, has become more strained since the pandemic began.
You can read our ongoing series of stories, as well as a resource guide to provide information about how to help, below:
- WA cities try policing alternatives for mental health crisis calls
- Helping someone in a mental health crisis in WA: What to know
- Designated crisis responders, a ‘last resort’ in mental health care, face overwhelming demand
- How an old federal rule limits inpatient mental health beds in Washington
- The role WA courts play in mental health care when someone is in crisis
- Seattle’s jail has an ‘astronomical’ suicide rate. Little is changing.
- A WA town’s proactive approach to mental health care starts on the street
- Painful memories from inside the mental health crisis system | Mental Health Perspectives
- What questions do you have about mental health crisis response?
- EVENT: Learn about WA’s mental health system and how you can help in a crisis
If you have questions about this series or have a story to share, email the Mental Health Project reporting team at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your question in the form below.