Latest Mental health News

NC medical marijuana legalization gets hearing in Senate

Jun. 23, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan effort to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina got a legislative committee hearing on Wednesday. But it's unclear whether enough legislators are ready now to alter their views on pot to make it law. With nearly...

Mental health support for kids preparing for summer camp

Jun. 22, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As children get ready for summer camp, federal COVID-19 response funds are being used to offer mental health training for camp counselors. The Department of Education is partnering with the New Hampshire Community Behavioral Mental Health...

Late daughter Daron inspires Canadiens coach Luke Richardson

Jun. 21, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

When Chris Therien lost his sister in 2006, Luke Richardson was one of the first people there for support. Therien repaid that in 2010 when Richardson's daughter Daron died by suicide at the age of 14. “That broke my heart,” Therien said. “It broke a lot of guys’...

Olympic boxer Fuchs determined to win her fight against OCD

Jun. 21, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ginny Fuchs' obsessive-compulsive disorder sometimes compels her to use a dozen toothbrushes a night, tossing one after another into the trash when she decides they've been contaminated. She has spent hundreds of dollars a week on cleaning products, and she...

State to decide on spending to improve mental health care

Jun. 21, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s “dangerously” full mental hospitals are overwhelmed amid staffing shortages, a situation that has long plagued the hospitals and only worsened during the pandemic, according to state officials. But The Washington Post reports...

SC considers extending religious objections to therapists

Jun. 21, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill to let mental health professionals refuse to provide care that violates their religious beliefs in response to an ordinance banning conversion therapy for minors in the state's capital city. The...

Effect of school lockdown drills on students under scrutiny

Jun. 19, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Lockdown Drill Generation. That’s what 17-year-old Ellie Perlmutter said she’s part of. No, it has nothing to do with the pandemic. It’s the generation of students that have had to participate in active shooter drills at school. ...

Opioid abuse up during pandemic, expert tells Utah County

Jun. 19, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — One of the many negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Utah County and throughout the state and county has been an increase in opioid abuse, according to a local public health expert. This information was presented to the Utah County Commission...

Coroner: Black man in SC jail likely died of cardiac event

Jun. 16, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A coroner said Wednesday that a mentally ill Black man who died after an encounter with deputies in a South Carolina jail earlier this year likely died of a cardiac event. Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O'Neal told reporters that Jamal...

Grad's foundation gives $1M to university in New Orleans

Jun. 16, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A foundation created by a graduate's family is giving a private university in New Orleans $1 million to help treat military veterans’ brain injuries and service-related mental health problems. The Priddy Family Foundation, led by economics alumnus...