Tag Archives: Mental Health

Stand-off with suicidal man ends peacefully

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office BAYSIDE –  On Wednesday, Jan. 18, at approximately 9:45 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 4000 block of U.S. Highway 101 in Bayside to a welfare check request of a possible suicidal subject armed with a handgun.  Deputies received information that a 58 -year old male adult was going to kill

Jail called no place for the mentally ill

Paul Mann Mad River Union EUREKA – County law enforcement and mental health officials say multi-pronged action is needed to keep the mentally ill out of jail in favor of medical treatment and stable living conditions. By default, they underscore, society has allowed jails to become unsuitable mental health service providers. What sufferers desperately need

Mental health calls place high demand on cops

Paul Mann Mad River Union EUREKA – Eureka City Police Chief Andy Mills says his department is experiencing major increases in the number of mental health service calls, part of a national trend. Speaking at a public forum in Eureka last week, Mills cited a recent study in a large city that documented more than

Shantaram, alone and lost in mental illness

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA/EUREKA – Waving from behind the wheel of his sleek white Lotus Elise, he’s the dapper, dashing young wizard in his powder blue stage tuxedo, headed off to dazzle eight-year-olds at a birthday party. Ask Shantaram the Magician how he made that coin disappear, turned a handkerchief into a

Court-ordered psych treatment pondered

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt’s Board of Supervisors is exploring the possibility of implementing a state law that allows courts to order outpatient mental health treatment as a condition of staying in the community. The potential implementation of Laura’s Law – the 2003 state law named after Laura Wilcox, a 19-year-old mental