Blogs in the Mental Health Category

  • 05/27/2016 9:23 pm

    Klickitat County Services

    Klickitat County
    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.  Read More

  • 04/14/2016 3:23 pm

    Ask Questions

     teens roasting marshmallows around campfire

    As I was reading before bed this weekend, in my attempt to get less screen time, I was struck by a quote in one of my favorite books, The Little Prince: "Grownups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend they never ask about what really matters. They never ask, what does his voice sound like? What games does he like to play? [...] They...

  • 04/12/2016 6:54 pm

    Why We Teach Youth Mental Health First Aid

    teen girl in thought

    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...

  • 04/07/2016 7:11 pm

    National Alcohol Screening Day

    April 7, 2016 is National Alcohol Screening Day.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has produced a guide for professionals who work with youth titled “Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention for Youth” (http://goo.gl/vZxINt). 

    According to this publication, 1 in 3 children starts drinking by the end o...

  • 04/04/2016 6:54 pm

    The Numbers: Teen Depression and Drug Use

    WA teen past year MDE

     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...

  • 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...

  • 02/26/2016 10:50 pm

    Does Spanking Really Work?



    This blog is a little different. 

    Comprehensive has several programs to help parents who may be struggling with their kids.  One of the programs is Multisystemic Therapy (MST).  You can click on this program by going through our services radio button link and then through the Evidenced Based Practices. Or just click here.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 11/05/2015 11:06 pm

    New Way to Treat Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia graphic

    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-...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 09/22/2015 10:19 pm

    Mental Health Stigma is Scapegoating

    stigma free

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 08/19/2015 5:54 pm

    You Can't Spoil Your Kids with Too Much Time

    Time for kidsYou can’t spoil your kids with your time.

    Over the years I have worked with families who have struggled with trying to find a balance in meeting the day to day demands of life and helping their kids deal with behavior problems, depression, drug use, anxiety and trauma.  What I have found is we are sometimes trying to balance things that are not of equal value ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 07/23/2015 10:20 pm

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

    Behavioral Health Sign
    "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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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