Mental health advocate receives national attention

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A local mental health advocate has been honored for her support of her cause with a mention in Family Circle Magazine.

Pat Lovett of Silverdale, received the “Halo” award, and is pictured in the Jan. 18 issue of the magazine which is currently on newsstands.

“I’m still in a bit of a shock,” Lovett said. “There are a lot of people who do a lot of good work. I’m embarrassed. I’m happy. And I’m very honored.”

Lovett has been a tireless advocate for mental health causes for several decades. Her connection to these causes is personal. She has two children who suffer from mental illness, although both successfully control their ailments through medication.

“The government is cutting our dollars,” she said. “After Jan. 1, Kitsap County Mental Health won’t be able to serve its patients. So our jails will become the hospitals for the mentally ill, because we will have nowhere to put them.

“To throw someone into a jail who has a mental illness is cruel,” she said. “This is an illness, like diabetes or heart disease.”

Lovett tells the story of her own

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