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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Healthcare

Re: “Dream House: Soteria Vermont Welcomes Mental Health Patients

Sounds good--I wish there were something like this in the mid-Atlantic region.

Posted by Oliver L. on 12/30/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “In the Final Chapter, Keven's Story Becomes Kay's

I have read these comments to Kay , Thank you all! , she is overwhelmed and thrilled with the support and reaction. #onelove

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Posted by Tina Benoit on 12/14/2016 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Public-Housing Agencies Crack Down on Lighting Up

Keens crossing is now a smoke free apartment complex I personally love that it's smoke free I am no longer worryinng thag much about myself and or family being exposed to secondhand smoke and someone falling asleep with a cigarette causing a fire. I also like being able to enter and exit my rented apartment without rushing to escape cigarette smoke outside my residence from some smokers. I feel it smells better around here as well.

Posted by IloveVt87 on 12/10/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “In the Final Chapter, Keven's Story Becomes Kay's

Kay you were my friend, roomate, boss and mentor when I first came out. Although we drifted apart, your influence, weirdness and humor has never left my heart. Stopped by today to see you but you were sleeping...will try again.

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Posted by guy devarney on 12/04/2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “In the Final Chapter, Keven's Story Becomes Kay's

Love to you Kay from the folks down the street at Radio Deli. You were a true neighbor to all around here and in particular the building you lived in. Your photo brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing this journey with all.

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Posted by Pam Scanlon on 11/30/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “In the Final Chapter, Keven's Story Becomes Kay's

Thank you, Molly Walsh, for sharing Kay's story. And in case she reads these comments or someone reads them to her, Kay, I'm so heartened to read that you have been able to be your true self at last, and that almost everyone around you has been supportive. You never know how many people will be moved to live authentically after reading about your experience. May your final days be ones of peace.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 11/30/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “In the Trump Era, Does Vermont Need More Abortion Options?

Thanks, Sharon we've addressed the error.

Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 11/29/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “In the Trump Era, Does Vermont Need More Abortion Options?

Not sure why this article states that abortion is only legal up to 24 weeks? There are no legal limits on abortion in Vermont.

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Posted by Sharon Toborg on 11/29/2016 at 10:26 AM

Re: “In the Trump Era, Does Vermont Need More Abortion Options?

Thanks so much for covering this important issue. Women have the legal right to choose in VT, but finding and paying for an abortion can be much, much harder than it should be. Many people don't realize that abortion care at Planned Parenthood isn't free. Even if insurance does cover it, sometimes patients are afraid to or don't want to have to explain to a parent or partner about the bill.

Some patients have to choose between their ability to choose and a month's rent, food and utility bills for their family. It's a catch-22, because he longer a woman waits, the more expensive the procedure is, and the smaller the window she has to get an appointment. Many folks have to travel out of state, where their medicaid doesn't even cover the medical expenses, let alone travel and lodging. he more hospitals and clinics that offer women access to abortion care, the better!

Donations to Vermont Access go straight to their fund so that they can give grants to your friends and neighbors who need the funding to be able to access their legal right to choose. VT Access is an all-volunteer run non-profit, with 99% of money donated going straight to grants (1% goes to mailing and printing costs). This is an organization that helps VT women, plain and simple.

Nobody wins when abortion is restricted. In places like El Salvador, where abortion is illegal in all cases, women are being convicted of murder after spontaneous miscarriages and sentenced to 30 year jail terms. When legal and safe access to abortion is limited, illegal and unsafe abortions occur.

You can support Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom here:…

April Howard
Former Board Member of Vermont Access

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Posted by amh on 11/28/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

Were all to blame...

Posted by dvckfrvgz on 11/14/2016 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

"I don't want your good luck painting" : context --- >

The Sodas painting is from a series called "Personals Ad Portraits" - based on actual personal ads in Seven Days. More here:

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Posted by SaKe BoHo on 11/05/2016 at 4:30 AM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

Why wasn't this woman admitted to the hospital? She could have been put on Ketamine and watched. More than likely her depression would have lifted for at least a week. Why wasn't E.C.T. mentioned? Seems like a very large lack of professionalism all around. And, "Friend B" -- why did he/she allow her to just wander off without alerting the staff!!

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Posted by trace118 on 11/01/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

There are many astute comments about the difficulty of making a proper assessment of the severity of someone's mental state. The 'moment in time comment is helpful to learning from this comment thread.
Have people noticed how little emphasis has been placed on the UVM medical center's decision making, assessment of their protocol's and systems? How have they failed to take a leadership position? Back to the legal 'confidentiality' position and not the leadership and transparency option that protects confidentiality but educates us all to the mental health challenges facing schools, parents, communities, rampant and uncontrolled MD prescription of Adderal, our whole health care system, employers plus the rest of us. Let's not stop learning because of one major and deadly error that occurred in a sea of sincere effort and depressing sadness.

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Posted by Zanello on 10/29/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

Anyone that's ever used the Howard Center for themselves or a loved one knows that their system is a faulty, judgmental, and often a borderline joke of the "get well," system. No surprises here.
(Not allowed to publish online or in print without my legal consent, other than this posting - on this feed - without my legal consent).

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Posted by Jimmy Buck on 10/28/2016 at 2:16 AM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

The title of this article was very misleading. After reading it, it seems like this is primarily the fault of UVMMC, not ASSIST or Howard Center. If she was suicidal, she should have been admitted to a locked psychiatric ward, and not pawned off to some place where the rules mandated that she was allowed to leave.

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Posted by sturge2411 on 10/27/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

ADDICTED TO ADDREALL. Remember that foolish parents when some unethical psychiatrist, pediatrician or teacher tries to convince you that these ADHD amphetamines aren't addictive and dangerous. More drug information at .

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Posted by Sunny Hall on 10/27/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

It's difficult to know when someone will actually kill themselves and we don't know the conversation or the friendship between Friend B. But it's pretty simple if someone threatens suicide people, doctors should take that seriously. I'm surprised and saddened she felt she had no other options. I'm saddened the system failed her. What a tragedy for such a beautiful spirited compelling person. I had met her on a few occasions at exhibitions. I found her work very fascinating. What a loss to the Burlington art scene and for her family. I lost friends and an aunt to suicide. It's painful for those left behind questioning and if you've never been there don't pretend like you know what that's like. Condolences to her family and friends.

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Posted by Katherine Taylor McBroom on 10/27/2016 at 3:06 AM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

I have gone with people who are suicidal to the UVM Emergency Department and been told there are no beds in either the ER or the psych ward. We have been treated with disrespect and lack of concern. I know of a woman in need of a bed who was held by the police in detention before a bed could be found. What we have is an appalling lack of beds for the seriously suicidal patient, and a shocking disregard for those who claim to be suicidal by the PAs and Nurse Practitioners who triage the patients at the ER. Until mental illness is treated with the same care as heart attacks or seizures, the deaths will continue. We lost a tremendous artist in this situation. Children lose parents. The State of Vermont is failing in the treatment of the mentally ill and suicidal. What happened to the medical mantra of "First, do no harm?" I blame UVM too.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/26/2016 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

One more tragic reminder that mental health care in Vermont is seriously lacking. Darhsana clearly needed help and those who should have helped her blew her off. Confidentiality laws make it nearly impossible for friends and parents to assist a mentally ill person even when that person realizes they need help. Unfortunately the sicker one gets, the less able they are to seek help or agree to it. A vocal segment of advocates for the mentally ill have done a great disservice opposing mental hospitals and medication. Now we have far too few skilled hospital beds and people in crisis seem to be evaluated by poorly skilled personnel. Certainly the man who killed 5 teens was reportedly only seen by a PA. I wonder if Darhsana was actually seen by a well qualified psychiatrist before she went to Assist? For someone who was out of control and stopping medication or substances risk of breakdown was even worse. All patents in crisis should be able to get an immediate screening by a psychiatrist and be transferred to a hospital psychiatric bed. If a person's behavior seems to warrant it they need to sign a 48 hour hold at the time they first ask for help as they will be more receptive to signing at that point. They could always be discharged sooner if a competent MD decided they didn't need the help. Until we have an adequate number of psychiatric beds and psychiatrists we are going to continue to have ruined lives and deaths. Sadly I fear the only thing that will bring about change will be huge lawsuits.

31 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Beverly Frost on 10/26/2016 at 9:44 PM

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