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Elmo asked people online how they were doing. He got an earful

Wed January 31, 2024

By AJ Willingham, CNN

“Elmo is just checking in!” he wrote. “How is everybody doing?”

Thousands of replies and a few interventions from his “Sesame Street” pals later, and it was pretty clear: : The people are not doing well, Elmo!...

After the clouds of irony and dark humor had passed, something remarkable happened: People started thanking Elmo and his pals for asking, and talking about what it means to feel safe and understood in a time when so much is dangerous and confusing.

Katherine Tarleton, a licensed therapist in South Carolina, says trusted characters like Elmo create an environment of safety in which difficult conversations feel a little easier.


Tell us: What are you grateful for?

Nov. 21, 2023 at 9:00 am

By Michelle Baruchman
Seattle Times Mental Health Project engagement reporter

Sometimes it feels like a challenge to look around and find reasons to be grateful. But many mental health experts say doing just that can radically transform a person’s mindset. The idea of positive psychology suggests that by focusing on what is going well around you, you can move toward building a life of meaning and purpose...

'Project UnLonely offers a road map to create connections and combat loneliness | Allison Aubrey

Dec. 3, 2023

Heard on Morning Edition, NPR

NPR's Allison Aubrey talks to Dr. Jeremy Nobel, a primary care physician, author, poet who is fighting trauma and loneliness with creative expression programs like painting, music, and next... Culinary arts. Read the article or listen to the 6-minute segment  on


Gun violence: Epidemic of hate | David Combs

Nov. 3, 2023

Letters to the Editor, The Seattle Times - David Combs, Redmond 

Re: “Maine cops twice missed finding body” [Oct. 29, Nation & World]:

With the latest mass shooting in Maine, society is once again rushing to stereotype people with mental illness as being at higher risk of committing violent crimes. I am a supporter of gun safety laws but I want people to understand what the data actually shows in this regard...


New Crisis Response Center in Kirkland to Serve North King County

The City of Kirkland, along with north King County partner cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline, announces the siting of a new multi-service crisis response center dedicated to serving the behavioral health needs of community members across north and northeast King County.

The new crisis center will be operated by Connections Health Solutions, a national innovator in behavioral health crisis care. The facility will be located at 11410 NE 122nd Way in Kirkland’s Totem Lake neighborhood, conveniently located near Evergreen Hospital and Highway 405.  The crisis response center will be the first of its kind in King County to provide a spectrum of care services, from walk-in mental health urgent care to continued stabilization of behavioral health or substance use crises.


Stop conflating mass shootings with mental illness | Mental Health Perspectives

(May 28th, 2022) In the last few days alone, more than 100 people have been killed by a gun in nearly 300 incidents in the United States. This includes the 19 children and two adults murdered at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.

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.

Taking a closer look at barriers to mental healthcare for Black Americans - New Day NW

NAMI Eastside board member Richard Taylor, Jr. joined New Day NW to dive deeper into the issues surrounding mental healthcare in the Black community. Read More about Richard's Books here.

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Why it’s often hard for people to recognize their own mental illness 

"If someone was telling you to take insulin but you didn’t think you had diabetes, you probably wouldn’t take the medication, right?

That’s how Bob Krulish explains anosognosia, a tricky condition that accompanies some mental illnesses. "


When Screams Become Whispers is a raw look at bipolar disorder and the mania it drives will allow loved ones to recognize and understand key identifiers, thus enabling them to better help. Ultimately, Bob Krulish’s story sheds light on the systemic problems deeply rooted in the American mental healthcare system, highlighting the danger present when treatment is not readily available. Through great storytelling, readers are gifted with a greater appreciation for the need for de-stigmatization, demystification, greater resources, and a supportive community for those suffering from this poorly understood disorder.


NAMI Washington launched The Brainpower Chronicles: Mental Health Stories to bring people together in their experiences of mental illness and recovery. Mental health crises can be some of the most isolating health events one may experience in this lifetime, with a ripple effect that impacts entire families. The Brainpower Chronicles is our way of creating community and breaking down the stigma that keeps people silent, while raising funds for NAMI Washington’s critical mission to improve the quality of life of all people affected by mental illness.


Local musicians hold virtual benefit concert for mental health

The stream-a-thon supports NAMI Eastside and nonprofit Hold Your Crown

NAMI Eastside Board members, Donna Lurie and Larry Rush talk to Komo radio’s Gregg Hersholt about the mental health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. They also describe how NAMI Eastside is offering support.

NAMI Eastside: Ending the stigma of mental health

NAMI Eastside offers advocacy, education, and support to those affected by mental illness.


Tesla STEM students partner with NAMI Eastside for mental health conference

NAMI Eastside Youth Mental Health Conference will held May 4.

Seattle rock band has message for fans: It’s OK to talk about mental health

Gypsy Temple hopes their new album blasts away the stigma surrounding depression, suicide, and mental illness.