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Dex Rumsey, 15, is photographed with his mother Robyn and father Clay Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Roy, Utah. Dex Rumsey, 15, came out as transgender at age 12. In consultation with a counselor and doctors, he gradually began wearing short hair and boy's clothes, then began using puberty blockers and eventually testosterone. His parents say he's gone from a shy, withdrawn child to a happy, thriving kid. He scared he could become depressed and suicidal again a ban on hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery for minors were to pass. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth

Jan. 18, 2020 10:55 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from providing them certain gender-related medical treatment; another batch would bar...

Nets going up to prevent suicides at Sunshine Skyway bridge

Jan. 10, 2020 10:48 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Nets will be going up along a portion of Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which spans the mouth of Tampa Bay and has become a magnet for suicides. The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that the steel mesh nets will be installed along a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) section of the...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. The Federal Communications Commission is setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline. Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

Dec. 12, 2019 7:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for...

In this Oct. 1, 2019, photo, the

Correction: Psychiatric Units-Suicide Prevention story

Dec. 11, 2019 12:12 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about changes inside hospital psychiatric units, The Associated Press incorrectly described the standards and requirements of The Joint Commission, an accrediting agency. It introduced new safety guidelines and called for assessments for suicide risks, but the...