Connie's Council Corner: We Hear it all the Time
Why are we seeing so many more mentally ill on our streets?” Since I have been on the County Council, I have been working toward not only answering this question but doing something about it. What is a mental disorder? If someone were to define a mental disorder, most people would say schizophrenia or a psychotic disorder. Yet only 1% of adults experience one of these disorders. A mental disorder runs the gamut from anxiety to depression and mood disorders to schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and personality disorders. A mental disorder prevents an individual from realizing his or her own abilities, is not able to work productively and fruitfully, and is not able to make a contribution to his or her community. It is non-discriminatory, affecting children and adults (13% of 8-15 year olds have some disorder and 46% of adults will develop a mental disorder in their lifetime), and all races, ethnicities and genders. Continue reading.
Ladenburg proposes Pierce County behavioral health study
More and more research suggests that drug and alcohol abuse can be symptoms of an underlying mental illness. Is Pierce County doing enough to identify and treat those who suffer from behavioral health issues? Erich Ebel speaks with Pierce County Councilmembers Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg about their proposal to deal with it.
Looking back on the 2015 U.S. Open
The 2015 U.S. Open is now part of Pierce County history. On this program we look back at the experience and discuss what went well and what needs improvement as Chambers Bay looks to a return engagement.