Psychiatric and mental health in America has not succeeded at engaging people diagnosed with mental illness in their own care and empowering them and their families to become true partners with their providers.

The Washington State Supreme Court determined that the practice of "psychiatric boarding", or forcing people in mental health crisis to wait for hours, days, or even weeks in the Emergency Department to receive treatment, is unlawful.

The 2014 NAMI National Convention was an amazing, surreal experience. For four days, people from all over the country came together to educate and learn about mental illness.

Two bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives regarding mental health:

King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum

Thursday, November 14th

Town Hall Seattle

Today, 1 in 5 people in jails and prisons in this country live with a mental illness. About 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental health condition. This criminalization of mental illness is tragic and it's wrong.

Most people think of the onset of psychosis as sudden, but there are often warning signs that precede an episode. Knowing what to look for provides the best opportunity for early intervention.