Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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High Patient Surge Strains Hospital and Emergency Department: How You Can Help

After a dip in census over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Emergency Department (ED) and the hospital had a high surge of patients on Monday, November 29. The ED was at 200% capacity Monday evening with a mental health surge of 16 patients (40% of the normal ED bed capacity).

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Helping Families Address Anxiety

As the pandemic continues this winter and supporting children’s mental health is top of mind, we want to remind you that Seattle Children’s offers a free online series of short videos about anxiety, designed for parents and caregivers.

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Reminder: Strains On Our ED and Inpatient Capacity – Your Help Requested

As a reminder, we continue to experience a very high number of Emergency Department (ED) visits due in large part to respiratory illnesses, mental health concerns and COVID-19.* The ED is using every available space to treat patients, including lobby space, a converted storage area and tents. Seattle Children’s Urgent Care clinics also are experiencing high demand and are full most days.

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All Ambulatory Clinics Are Now Conducting Suicide Screening

Seattle Children’s ambulatory clinics are now screening all patients 10 years of age and older for suicidal ideation. This includes patients at our regional clinics. Screening was rolled out in phases starting in May. Since then, 9,000 ambulatory patients have been screened and over 700 screened positive and received follow-up interventions. Suicide screening has been in place for more than two years in our Emergency Department and inpatient units.

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New Flyers in 5 Languages Address Mental Health for Children and Teens

Three leading U.S. pediatric health organizations declared a state of emergency in youth mental health on October 19, 2021. We want to take this opportunity to share several new flyers from Seattle Children’s intended to help families find a qualified and available mental health counselor for their child. We encourage our provider partners in the community to share them with patients and families.

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Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is a leading cause of death among adolescents in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Reducing access to firearms and medications at home could save thousands of lives for people experiencing suicidality. Encourage families to limit access to these by practicing safe firearm storage and safe medicine storage and disposal.

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Biofeedback at South Clinic in Federal Way

Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way now offers biofeedback therapy with Ivan Quintero, ND. Dr. Quintero sees patients three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If your South Sound patient age 8 to 21 is interested in biofeedback therapy, please send in a referral and note “South Clinic” on your referral so we know to schedule your patient in Federal Way.

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Mental Health: Resources for Kids and Handouts for Providers

The return to school and in-person learning is likely to bring up a variety of emotions for children and families. Here are some resources for supporting children’s mental health as back-to-school season arrives.

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Youth Mental Health: A Conversation With Dr. Jeff Ojemann About Seattle Children’s Generation REACH

Seattle Children’s bold new initiative to address the growing youth mental health crisis, called Generation REACH, makes a long-term commitment to youth mental and behavioral health as an inextricable part of child health. Dr. Jeff Ojemann talks more about what Generation REACH aspires to do and what it’s already accomplishing today.

The pandemic has exacerbated an existing mental health crisis. How is that showing up at Seattle Children’s?

Jeff Ojemann

Dr. Ojemann: We began seeing a large increase in mental health–related ED visits, particularly for suicidality, last summer and a huge increase in eating disorders. That was followed by reports in the fall of a 30% increase in the suicide rate among Seattle-area youth.

The Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine team responded to the increased demand with a quick pivot to telehealth for about 90% of visits, increased crisis clinic capacity and coordination with community EDs to help avoid inpatient admissions when possible. Read full post »

Psychiatry: New Telephone Triage Line for Referring Providers

A new telephone line is now available for providers who have questions about referring to Seattle Children’s outpatient psychiatry and behavioral medicine (PBM). Providers are welcome to use it to find out what services we have available now or may have available soon and ask questions about the referral process or the status of a referral already submitted.

Outpatient psychiatry referral intake team: 206-987-2164, option 2.

The line is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Messages will be answered within 48 hours.

The phone line is also open to patients and families who have questions about our PBM services.