Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Mother gets suspended sentence for death of infant daughter

Jun. 22, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman will not have to report to prison to serve a sentence for the death of her 7-month-old daughter. Judge Daniel Procaccini handed down a seven-year suspended sentence with probation to Mariah Ramos, WPRI-TV reported. “I’m putting my faith and trust in...

This May 31, 2020 photo provided by Sulekha Ibrahim shows the charred interior of Healing Path Wellness Services in Minneapolis, Minn., which was destroyed by a fire on May 28, 2020. In late May, Ibrahim opened the doors of the mental health clinic she runs in South Minneapolis. The clinic had been closed for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. She and her staff were eager to get back to work, meeting clients in person. Two days later, the clinic burned down. (Sulekha Ibrahim/Religion News Service via AP)

Somali-owned wellness clinic works to heal South Minneapolis

Jun. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

(RNS) — In late May, Sulekha Ibrahim opened the doors of Healing Path Wellness Services, the mental health clinic she runs in South Minneapolis. The clinic had been closed for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. She and her staff were eager to get back to work, meeting clients in person. Two days...

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Trump plan to stem vet suicides focuses on public awareness

Jun. 17, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump released a long-awaited plan Wednesday to address the persistently high number of suicides by veterans, with initiatives including firearm safety, wellness programs at workplaces and new barriers near railroads and bridges. As part of the $53 million, two-year...

Proposal would use social workers, not LAPD, for some calls

Jun. 16, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Unarmed social workers instead of police would respond to nonviolent calls for service under a proposal Tuesday from several City Council members following nationwide calls for law enforcement reforms in the wake of George Floyd's killing. A motion signed by six of the council's 15...

Mayor: Racism public health crisis, proposes police reforms

Jun. 12, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's mayor declared racism a public health crisis on Friday, outlining a series of reforms in response to the nationwide reckoning sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh, who protesters have called on to “defund” police and...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event in Dover, Del., Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden promises police changes without stripping funding

Jun. 8, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden diverged Monday from activists pushing to “defund the police” in the United States, arguing that an overhaul of policing in America can be accomplished within existing law enforcement agencies. A Biden presidential campaign aide said the Democrat “hears and...

Aubrey, 57, describes the loneliness brought on by social distancing protocols after receiving a dose of antipsychotic medication to treat his schizophrenia, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Even before the pandemic, access to mental health services in the U.S. could be difficult, including for people with insurance. Now experts fear COVID-19 will make the situation worse. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pandemic threatens to deepen crisis in mental health care

May. 19, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than three weeks after Brandon Bell stopped showing up at a New York office that serves people with schizophrenia, employees finally located him at a nearby homeless shelter. The office remains open, but patients aren’t stopping by as much during the pandemic. Group activities...

Lawmakers weigh bill to allow supervised injection sites

May. 17, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing legislation that would legalize supervised injection sites for drug users. The Committee on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery on Friday favorably reported out a re-drafted version of legislation that would legalize the sites. The legislation...

The Latest: China’s foreign minister lashes out

May. 15, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — China’s foreign minister lashes out and says...

UN chief warns psychological suffering from virus is growing

May. 14, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged governments, civil society and health authorities on Wednesday to urgently address mental health needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic, warning that psychological suffering is increasing. The U.N. chief said in a video message...