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#JamesDonaldson On #MentalHealth – New #Anxiety Center In #Seattle Focused On Bridging The Gap In #HealthCare System Comes To First Hill

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The #mentalhealthcrisis during the #pandemic has put strain on the healthcare system as more and more people need treatment.

Kaila Lafferty


Pathlight Mood & #Anxiety Center located in #SwedishMedicalCenter – First Hill is set to open in just two weeks with the goal of bridging a gap in the #mentalhealthsystem.

“The hope is that the more of these middle level – kind of intensive – but in the middle levels of care that we can provide, the less pressure there is on the system as whole,” said Robert Mcferren, clinical director at Pathlight Mood & #Anxiety Center.

Pathlight Mood & #Anxiety Center treats people of all #genders and ages, from #adults to #adolescents and #children.

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

 

In early 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in #Washington over the youth #mentalhealth crisis.

#SwedishMedicalCenter reported inpatient admissions related to #mentalhealth increased from 6% in 2019 to nearly 25% in the first few months of 2021.

Pathlight addresses #mentalhealth concerns with a trans diagnostic model targeted at all age groups.

“They’re going to receive individual therapy. Family therapy. They’re going to receive med management from a licensed #psychiatrist, as well as several groups per day. So up to four skills groups a day where they’re going to learn the skills to better manage their emotions and respond to situations in ways that are going to give them better outcomes,” Mcferren explained.

The center has 36 beds,18 for #adults and 18 for #children.

But how can just 36 beds aid in the major #mentalhealthcrisis #Washington is facing?

Mcferren says time and individualized care.

“Yeah, so that’s 36 people at a time. So when we’re looking at really for looking at training people for about four weeks, four to six total, that’s hundreds of people every year that we can treat,” he explained, “Having only 36 beds really allows us to have our therapists carry smaller caseloads, and have our #psychiatrist really carry smaller cases as well so that we can focus on their individualized care and really give them what they need.”

The center will start accepting patients November 15, 2021.

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