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Mental illness is not one person's problem. It touches our friends, family, neighbors, classmates and colleagues.

'The Cloud I Call My Brain'

In Their Own Words
Teri Koski, 38, is the vice president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Spokane, a case manager for the elderly and disabled and an accomplished poet.

'It Feels Like You're Having a Heart Attack'

In Their Own Words
Blaine Stum, 29, is the legislative assistant to Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder and a member of the Human Rights Commission. He spends his free time researching social issues, writing and creating art.

'It For Sure Saved Me'

A Navy trainee makes his own luck after a brush with despair
It often comes on with the weight of a curse. Dalton Deatrich carries a dark seed deep in his psyche that he somehow brings bad luck.

'It Just Felt Right'

In Their Own Words
Up until three years ago, Bethany hated herself and contemplated suicide. Her struggles with depression improved when, living as a man, she came out to her wife and friends as transgender.

'I Thought I Had Everything Under Control'

Bipolar, Tim McFarland spent years hospitalized. Now he's sharing a message of hope
The Sunday football game — Saints against the 49ers — plays quietly on the TV in the background, as 36-year-old Tim McFarland recounts living with bipolar affective disorder. "It's not like one day, I'm manic, and one day I'm depressed," McFarland says.

'There's So Much More to Me'

How family and faith in the medical system helped Marieka McPhee overcome her schizoaffective disorder
Marieka McPhee was 19, preparing salad in her kitchen in Boise when she was ambushed by mental illness. She was seized with a notion: specific, horrifying and utterly convincing.

'Simple Things Like Breathing'

In Their Own Words
Gloria M. Lopez grew up with an alcoholic and abusive father and constant depression. She still remembers her first drink, a shot of whiskey neat, at 5 years old.

'We Want to Talk About Sex'

Can a group of students convince Gonzaga to change the way it handles sexual assault?
It's a Thursday night in College Hall on Gonzaga's postcard-perfect campus — the start of the weekend for plenty of college students. Instead, 40 of them sit here in hoodies and beanies, ready to talk about one of the most complex problems facing college campuses.

Put a Name on It

The plaza next to Spokane City Hall gets a name; plus, a reward offered in the shooting death of Zachary Lamb
Something For Everyone The Spokane City Council voted on a new name for the PLAZA next to City Hall this week but escaped having to actually play favorites among the three suggested names — and then some.

Troubled Tales

Smart Justice works to leverage personal stories into policy reforms
Each story swerves from despair to hope, sometimes several times. As men and women step to the microphone at the Smart Justice Symposium on Saturday, they share troubling testimony of criminal childhoods, institutional injustice, abuse and often redemption.

The Lives on the Bus

Can the STA redesign the Plaza in a way that makes everyone happy?
Controversy over the STA Plaza isn't new: Sift through the past two decades of newspapers and you'll find scores of complaints about the Plaza's central location, frowning about the "riff-raff" who gather there, fretting about whether Plaza sidewalk loiterers drive away customers or scare pedestrians.

Redefining Justice

Despite election losses, Smart Justice moves ahead with symposium on reform; plus, results from other races
On the campaign trail for the Spokane County Commission, Mary Lou Johnson spent most of her time talking about the various strengths and shortcomings of the local criminal justice system. As an attorney and leading advocate with the Smart Justice movement, Johnson argues that Spokane residents recognize the need for a more nuanced, effective form of law enforcement.

Money Men

Mayor Condon plans a review of city salaries; plus, a turned-off body camera and an officer-involved shooting
Man With a Plan Spokane Mayor David Condon introduced a "three-part plan" Monday to revamp the way the MAYOR'S SALARY is determined and to study the salaries of others in City Hall.

'Loss of Confidence'

A sudden boot for the city's planning director baffles developers, councilmembers and neighborhood leaders
For local developers and neighborhood leaders, Planning Director Scott Chesney was one of the most well-known faces at Spokane City Hall. Last week, they found out that he was ousted the same way people who've never met him did: a six-sentence press release.

Diversity Deficit

Of the city's highest paid employees, only a handful are women. Even fewer are minorities. What does it take to fix that?
Spokane City Attorney Nancy Isserlis looked around during a meeting with the police chief earlier this year and found herself in awe that the lawyers at the table were "three powerful women." It may be 2014, but the scene was a departure for the legal department — Isserlis says she's Spokane's first-ever woman city attorney — and it's the sort of thing some people want to see more of at City Hall.

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