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People Experiencing Behavioral Crisis Can Use Triage Center As Calming Space

Courtesy of Kitsap Sun - Kitsap County's long-awaited Crisis Triage Center opened Thursday morning, after a two week delay. A grand opening celebration was held July 24 and the center was scheduled to begin admitting patients Aug. 1, but construction delays prevented the facility from receiving final approval from fire inspectors, according to Kitsap Mental Health Services, which will oversee the program. Kitsap Mental Health CEO Joe Roszak said [...]

August 18th, 2018|Crisis Services|

Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center Set To Open August 1

Courtesy of Kitsap News Group - The new Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center will soon be open and will provide an alternative to incarceration and hospitalization. The center is set to open on Aug. 1, but the public was able to get a sneak-peek during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 24 led by Joe Roszak, the CEO of Kitsap Mental Health Services, which will operate the facility. It is [...]

July 27th, 2018|Crisis Services|

The Tragedy of Suicide, Part Three. Chronic Pain Sufferers Also Contemplate Suicide As a Last Resort

Courtesy of Kitsap News Group - When Marty Mioni’s horrific back pain from a litany of ruptured discs and surgeries has subsided enough, the 63-year-old woman is able to care for her husband — nearly bedridden with Stage 5 renal disease — in their Port Orchard home. But Mioni herself is nearly confined to a bed with wracking, chronic pain tempered over the years by a regulated dose of [...]

July 26th, 2018|Suicide|

Crisis Triage Center Set To Open

Courtesy of Kitsap News Group - Beginning 4:30 p.m. July 24, the public will be allowed to see the completed Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center, which is set to open its doors Aug. 1. The triage center is operated by Kitsap Mental Health Services and will offer five days of round-the-clock intensive support for up to 16 adults referred to the center for short-term crisis services. The facility provides [...]

July 22nd, 2018|Crisis Services|

Long Awaited Triage Center Creates a Calming Space for People in Crisis

Courtesy of Kitsap Sun - Sleep. Food. A hot shower. The immediate needs of someone facing a behavioral health crisis are often as simple as they are urgent. "We have to take care of these things before we can take care of anything else," said Sarah Folger with Kitsap Mental Health Services, who will supervise Kitsap County's new Crisis Triage Center in East Bremerton. Read Full Article> [...]

July 20th, 2018|Crisis Services|

The Tragedy of Suicide Part One. Regardless of Fame, Fortune or Locale, Suicide Rates Are Rising

Courtesy of Kitsap News Group - It’s a common refrain after news breaks about another celebrity suicide: “How could this person, with so much to live for, have nothing to live for? That’s the mystifying question puzzling so many when, in about a week’s time, two globally known, strong-willed and well-liked individuals — chef and television storyteller/traveling raconteur Anthony Bourdain and women’s handbag maven and businesswoman Kate Spade — [...]

June 21st, 2018|Suicide|

The Tragedy of Suicide Part Two. You Can Spot a Troubled Friend’s Red Flags of Warning

Courtesy of Kitsap News Group - The recent deaths of renowned chef and television storyteller Anthony Bourdain and women’s fashion accessories designer and businesswoman Kate Spade have given rise once again in American culture to the specter of suicide. The overriding question remains: what caused these celebrities, people admired for their talents, fame and fortune, to take their own lives? Read Full Article>

June 21st, 2018|Suicide|

Ask, Listen and Act To Prevent Suicide Among Your Family or Friends – Kelly Schwab, Your Turn

Courtesy of Kitsap Sun - Anthony Bourdain was always so affable and engaged in life. He seemed like someone I would want for a friend. His death from suicide was tragic but perhaps not entirely a surprise, considering his lifelong depression. I was surprised by the number of callers to the Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas upset by his death. He seems to have resonated with so many more [...]

June 15th, 2018|Suicide|

The Misleading Fears About Mental Health – Joe Roszak, Your Turn

Courtesy of Kitsap Sun - In the wake of any horrific tragedy, such as the one that claimed the lives of 17 people in Parkland, Florida, many in the media and the general public are quick to conflate mental illness with violence. It’s not hard to understand why this happens. After all, movies and crime dramas often portray those living with mental illness as scary, unpredictable and violent. And, [...]

March 2nd, 2018|Other Topics|


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