Blogs in the Mental Health Category

  • 05/04/2018 5:09 pm

    Mental Health Awareness Month: #CureStigma

    Since 1949, May has been celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Month. As Comprehensive Healthcare CEO Dr. Jodi Daly says, this is a time to consider and reflect on which mental health-related issues effect our communities. Increasing economic struggles combined with stress at work, family demands, and increased violence have increased the use of mental health services across the country.

    Reports suggest that one in five people experience a mental illness, one in 24 experience a seriou...

  • 03/13/2018 4:23 pm

    Walla Walla Residential Treatment Facility Opening 2018

    Construction is underway at Comprehensive's new residential treatment facility in Walla Walla county! The 16-bed adult residential treatment facility is now framed up at 1250 Commercial Drive in College Place, not far from our existing Comprehensive offices. The project brings to life a vision announced in 2016 for an increase in residential mental healthcare in the Walla Walla area. Services will be offered on two tracks: ...

  • 02/08/2018 7:58 pm

    Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Logan Paul

    After facing multiple waves of criticism for uploading disturbing footage of a dead body found in Japan’s “suicide forest,” YouTube star and vlogger, Logan Paul, has uploaded a new video – this one about suicide prevention (“Logan Paul Issues Suicide Awareness Video, In Return To YouTube, NPR, January 25, 2018).

  • 08/16/2017 7:33 pm

    Keeping the Peer Focus in Peer Support

    What is Peer Support?

    We embrace a Peer Support model here at Comprehensive Healthcare, with Peer Support Counselors working with clients at many of our service sites. Peer Support is a mental health service provided by an individual who uses his or her lived experience of recovery—plus recovery support skills learned in formal certification trainings—to promote hope, empowerment, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, resilience, and recovery in the live...

  • 07/19/2017 5:10 pm

    How Technology is Supporting Mental Health Care

    Making mental health a priority is easier said than done for many. From stigma surrounding mental illness to lack of affordable and accessible care, there are often multiple health care hurdles to overcome for people to get the help they need. However, with resources like  Read More

  • 07/11/2017 6:37 pm

    Depression in Men: What it Looks Like and What to Do

    Depression affects millions of men of all ages and backgrounds, as well as those who care about them- spouses, partners, friends, and family. More than just a dip in mood to response to life's setbacks and disappointments, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in your daily life. It can interfere with your productivity at work or school Depression in men can often be overlooke...

  • 06/26/2017 8:07 pm

    The Power of Pet Therapy

    Person sitting in a meadow with a brown-and-white dog sitting next to themWhen we’re facing despair, loneliness, chronic health issues, depression, addictions, or anything beyond our ability to cope, a pet can help ease the pain. He or she can give us a reason to get out of our thoughts to focus on...

  • 06/08/2017 5:18 pm

    Grant Brings Mental Health First Aid Classes to Comprehensive

    On June 29, Comprehensive Healthcare will be offering Mental Health First Aid training in Yakima. This groundbreaking 8-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when a person they know might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

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  • 05/08/2017 5:05 pm

    Garden Village Meets Special Needs

    Garden Village

    Garden Village is a skilled nursing facility operated by Comprehensive Healthcare and Memorial Hospital.

    Families appreciate the professional and personalized care their loved ones receive. Listen to one story...


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  • 04/07/2017 9:46 pm

    Be Informed and Expect Results

    By Ron Gengler, Chief Operating Officer

    I just attended a national behavioral health and substance use conference. There were several takeaways that I brought home with me.

    One: Ensure that consumers drive their treatment by being active in making their plan of care...

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  • 04/03/2017 11:37 pm

    You Gotta Have Heart: Evidence-Based Practice as an Ally

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    Before adolescence, it never occurred to me that it was possible...

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  • 12/20/2016 6:38 pm

    You Are Valuable

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    Going to get a bit personal during this blog.  Over the last four years my brother has struggled to cope with a heart that is dying.  Long story short; he must have a heart transplant or he will die.  The purpose of this blog is not to seek sympathy, but to acknowledge the strength that someone can muster when faced with a seemi...

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  • 12/08/2016 6:29 pm

    Managing Holiday Stress

    Holiday or Hassle: Managing December Stress

    The holiday season, along with all of its expectations, seems to catch up to us each year with a special holiday parcel for us full of stress.  In order to better focus on the holidays, their meaning, and our connections with friends and families, it is important to get an early start on managing holiday stress. 

    Dr. Paula Durlofsky, psychologist in private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, suggested some was to “K...

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  • 11/14/2016 10:46 pm

    Crisis Video Series

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  • 10/24/2016 11:47 pm

    9 Inexpensive Ways to Practice Self-Care

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    We all know that it’s important to our physical and mental wellness to take good care of ourselves. But it can be hard to find the motivation for some “me time” when the sun starts setting at 5pm and there’s a noticeable chill in the air. And whe...

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  • 09/08/2016 6:19 pm

    World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

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    Every year, more than 800,000 people around the world die by suicide according to estimates from the World Health Organization. In the United States, 42,773 people died by suicide in 2014, the highest rate in over 30 years. We also know that for every suicide there are another 25 attempts. Given these numbers, it is likely that most everyone has been touched by suicide in some way, whether as...

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  • 08/30/2016 11:31 pm

    Congress Passes Legislation to Fight Opioid Addiction

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    Earlier this summer, Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) which aims to address the growing opioid addiction problem in this country. CARA was signed into law on July 22, 2016, which marks the first time in decades that comprehensive addiction legislation has been enacte...

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  • 08/18/2016 8:41 pm

    Time to Recognize a True Champion

    The link below will take you to BuzzFeed News. The article you are about to read will change the way you look at rape. If it does not, then you either are already a champion for the fight against all forms of sexual assault or you need to read it one more time without interruptions. The author defines bravery and champions the cause that survivors of abuse need to have their voices heard.

    I have written once about how we minimize rape...

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  • 07/01/2016 10:19 pm

    Klickitat County Services

    Some people even in our own agency do not know much about Comprehensive in Klickitat County.  We are located in the southern part of Washington State in the scenic Columbia Gorge.  In 1998 Comprehensive starting providing mental health services in Klickitat County and we opened offices in White Salmon and Goldendale which are about 50 miles apart. 

    In 2004 we started providing substa...

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  • 04/12/2016 6:54 pm

    Why We Teach Youth Mental Health First Aid

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    Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training designed to teach adults about how to recognize and respond appropriately to a young person who may be developing or experiencing a mental health challenge. First developed in Australia in 2000, Mental Health First Aid has been delivered to U.S. audiences since 2007 and is used in 23 countries around the world. In the U.S. alone, ov...

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  • 04/04/2016 6:54 pm

    The Numbers: Teen Depression and Drug Use

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     Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) compiles a report on a variety of behavioral health indicators based off responses gathered from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This report, called the Behavioral Health Barometer, offers a look at both the national data and the data for each state. It’s a usefu...

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  • 03/18/2016 6:02 pm

    Comprehensive White Salmon Speaks Spanish


    Klickitat Spanish speakers

    The White Salmon office is excited to be able to provide better customer service to our Spanish speaking community m...

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  • 12/31/2015 12:02 am

    Last Week Tonight Comments on State of US Mental Health System

    In a recent episode of the HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, host John Oliver examined the current state of the U.S. mental health system. First pointing out how rarely we talk about mental illness and then showing how incorrectly we talk about it once the topic finally comes up, the segment focuses on how disorganized and underfunded the mental health system is. By pointing out the ways in which our system is lacking—for instance, that 2 million people with mental illness ...

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  • 12/23/2015 10:43 pm

    Yakima Herald Editorial Calls Comprehensive Service a Win

    Herald Editorial Competency Restoration


    Win-win-win as jail makes transition to mental health

    Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board

    It’s unusual — almost ironic — that two serious governmental problems provide a solution to each other, and at the same time, offer an opportunity for a ...

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  • 12/15/2015 6:38 pm

    Don't Feel SAD

    Don't Feel SAD

    Winter in Central Washington, for some, brings on a feeling of sadness, more specifically SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  SAD is a treatable condition that is different from other types of depression.  SAD begins in the fall and lifts in spring.  The seasonal aspect of SAD may be related to the body’s na...

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  • 12/11/2015 8:16 pm

    Suicide Safe


    We know that suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S., killing over 41,000 people every year. Alarmingly, about 45% of those who die by suicide have had a visit with their primary care provider in the month before their death. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals have the tools and resources to adequately screen patients for suicide risk and intervene when necessary.

    To address this concern, SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Ad...

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  • 11/05/2015 11:06 pm

    New Way to Treat Schizophrenia

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    For a long time, medication has been the primary treatment tool for behavioral health interventions for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia.  New research cited in a recent New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/health/talk-...

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  • 10/01/2015 11:58 pm

    Change Your Feelings by Changing Your Behavior

    Just Do It

    Get Up and Get Moving

    One of the most effective treatments for depression is behavioral activation.  Behavioral activation has its roots in Behavioral Therapy but now is regularly used as a component of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).   Depressive symptoms include lack of motivation, tiredness, social withdraw...

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  • 09/29/2015 11:23 pm

    Virginity Can't Be Taken

    Virginity Test

    Virginity is something that is given, never taken.

    For the last 23 years I have specialized in working with children and adults who have been victims of sexual abuse.  I was working with a person (going to call her B) who was sexually abused from the age of something to something (four consecutive years).  The details are important to B,...

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  • 09/22/2015 10:19 pm

    Mental Health Stigma is Scapegoating

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    Let’s face it. Stigma about mental illness and other behavioral health disorders is a big problem.  The majority of the public in the United States have stigmatizing opinions about mental illness.  This is not limited to the uninformed. Professionals and even some mental health professionals ascribe stereotypes to persons with mental illness.  Sensatio...

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  • 09/16/2015 4:16 pm

    Could You Respond to a Crisis?

    Picture this: You’re loading groceries from your shopping cart into your car when you’re startled by a man yelling at a car a few parking spaces away. As you look closer, you see that the car is completely empty, and in fact, there isn’t anyone near him at all. The man is gesticulating wildly, shouting profanity, and seems to be arguing with someone only he can see. You contemplate just shaking it off and heading home, that is, until you see an elderly woman pushing her cart...

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  • 09/10/2015 11:08 pm

    World Suicide Prevention Day

    Suicide is a serious problem worldwide. In the United States, about 40,000 people will take their lives this year.

    Suicide risks vary widely, but research shows that certain life experiences can influence people to consider taking their lives. Those experiences include: drug and alcohol abuse, untreated mental illnesses, abuse, trauma, lack of access to mental health services, poverty, bu...

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  • 08/14/2015 6:33 pm

    Walla Walla - One Year Later

    Walla Walla River            Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health’s first year in Walla Walla continues to be exciting, challenging, and promising.  Walla Walla is a wonderful community and has extended a very warm welcome to us.  Comprehensive staff is privileged to be par...

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  • 07/28/2015 6:09 pm

    Out of the Darkness

    Most people will experience depression at some point in their life.  Typically, this means feeling a little down or out of sorts about a particular loss or disappointment.  Because we use the word depression to describe these typical periods of feeling low, it is hard for most of us to appreciate the levels of despair and hopelessness that are common when someone experiences an episode of sever...

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  • 07/23/2015 10:20 pm

    "Behavioral Healthcare" - What The Heck Does That Mean?

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    "Behavioral healthcare" is becoming a commonly used term in the realm of healthcare.  But what is behavioral healthcare, really?  I discovered that the answer depends on when the question was asked. 

    “Behavioral health” in the 70’s and 80’s referred primarily to behaviors that prevented illness and promoted health.  Like the thing...

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  • 07/14/2015 5:23 pm

    A Journey Toward Mindfulness

    About 15 years ago I received training in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (Marsha M. Linehan, University of Washington).   I had heard of mindfulness but did not understand how using mindfulness skills could be used in therapy.  We were starting a Dialectic Behavioral Group at Comprehensive and needed to continue learning and practice the skills from the book Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder (Marsha M Linehan, Guilford Press).   A small...

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  • 05/05/2015 11:19 am

    The Right Fit: 10 Questions to Ask a Counselor

    As a counselor in Yakima WA for the last 23 years I get calls from folks asking who I think would be a good counselor for them.I learned a long time ago to only give the names of counselors I would trust with my own children.  There are counselors that make me a little nervous, but I will never tell someone not to see them, it is just bad karma.  I will give folks that call me a list of questions they ca...

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  • Mental Illness: Our Words Make a Difference

    04/16/2015 8:07 am

    Mental Illness: Our Words Make a Difference

    Have you ever heard one of your friends say something like: "The weather is so schizo today; rainy one minute, sunny the next." Or, "Wow, you are so OCD, just pick one."  Or perhaps, "I’m so depressed, I could just shoot myself."

    When psychology terms enter into common use, it seems pretty harmless at first.  It is just a quick and easy way, a shortcut, for describing how we are feeling or what is going on with us.  Unfortunatel...

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