Latest Mental health News

Appeals court won't reconsider inmate's gender surgery case

Feb. 11, 2020 7:07 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate's gender confirmation surgery, ruling Monday that a three-judge panel decision will stand. Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the...

Sheriff seeks help for inmate; mental health system 'broken'

Feb. 10, 2020 3:46 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A sheriff in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is using social media to plead for assistance for a mentally ill jail inmate. “We have tried over and over to get this man the help he needs. The mental health system in Michigan is broken,” Chippewa County Sheriff Michael Bitnar said on...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2017, file photo, Rumor, a German shepherd, poses for photos after winning Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.  Named best in show at Westminster in 2017, Rumor counts among her puppies two PTSD service dogs that live with veterans. Two more pups are training toward that goal.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Westminster and work: Some show dogs serve, search or soothe

Feb. 10, 2020 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — From the silky strut of Afghan hounds to poodles with coats sculpted like confections, the Westminster Kennel Club's green carpet spotlights manicured, pedigreed canines vying to be deemed top dog. But they aren’t just for show. Ghost, a Norwegian buhund that competed Sunday a t the...

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2019, file photo members of the military attend a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Air Force suicides surged last year to highest in 3 decades

Feb. 8, 2020 12:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data. The reasons for the Air Force increase are not fully...

SC juvenile prison director promises to improve conditions

Feb. 6, 2020 6:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of South Carolina's juvenile prisons promised Thursday to work with federal officials who determined young inmates civil rights are being violated because they aren't protected from fights and assaults and are put in isolation too often. The U.S. Department of Justice...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, sleeping people, discarded clothes and used needles are seen on a street in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco. A center for people experiencing methamphetamine-induced psychosis will open in San Francisco as the city struggles with a rise in drug overdoses and rampant street drug use. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the center will open in late spring.  (AP Photo/Janie Har, File)

San Francisco to open tent 'sobering' center for meth users

Feb. 6, 2020 4:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A center for people experiencing methamphetamine-induced psychosis will open in San Francisco to help them get sober in a safe place, the latest effort to address the city's rising drug overdoses and rampant street drug use. The center, believed to be the first in the U.S. specifically...

Actress Claire Danes attends Showtime's

'Homeland' stars say farewell to their Showtime spy series

Feb. 5, 2020 11:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As the Showtime spy thriller “Homeland” comes to an end, Claire Danes hopes that her portrayal of a character with bipolar disorder helps destigmatize mental illness. “I don’t think there have been many shows or many opportunities in pop culture to focus on...

Full text of Gov. Bill Lee's State of the State address

Feb. 3, 2020 7:08 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Lee's second annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday: Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speaker Sexton, Speaker Pro Tem Haile, Speaker Pro Tem Dunn, Members of the...

Indiana's Joey Brunk, center, tries to shoot between Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson, left, and Justin Ahrens during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Wesson scores 15 to power Buckeyes over Indiana 68-59

Feb. 1, 2020 3:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With a key player missing from the Ohio State lineup, Kaleb Wesson put the Buckeyes on his back again. The junior big man scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, dominating Indiana in the paint in a 68-59 Ohio State win on Saturday. The Buckeyes (14-7, 4-6 Big Ten), who...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, two joggers run through Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, Pa. Data released on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 shows that U.S. life expectancy has improved for the first time in four years, thanks to a sharp decline in the cancer death rate and to a drop in fatal drug overdoses. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

For 1st time in 4 years, US life expectancy rises — a little

Jan. 30, 2020 6:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses. "Let’s just hope it...