Latest Mental health News

Hospital psychiatric wards now feel like prisons, some say

Nov. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New safety standards aimed at limiting suicide risks have led to overhauls inside hospitals around the country, with psychiatric facilities and wards removing bathroom doors, stripping artwork from walls and requiring patients to wear paper gowns instead of their own clothes. The...

Officers cleared in death of bipolar woman armed with ax

Nov. 19, 2019 4:30 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police have been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a bipolar Virginia woman whose psychiatrist asked authorities to check on her. Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor told reporters Monday that no charges will be filed against the two Henrico police...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

Football brings some peace to Sioux family after suicide

Nov. 16, 2019 12:51 PM EST

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Teenagers Jashawn and Jayton Pease embraced in the end zone while celebrating the 74-39 victory that made their Crow Creek Chieftains the champions of South Dakota’s tribal school league. But as they hugged, tears streamed down their faces. Jashawn, 15, pounded his fist...

Players’ mental health becoming major issue in cricket

Nov. 14, 2019 12:28 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A serious health concern is emerging in Australian cricket. The first test of the home summer starts in Brisbane next week and Australia has three players out of the selection frame because of mental health reasons. Veteran allrounder Glenn Maxwell and ex-test batman Nic...

Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence

Nov. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of...

Portland, Oregon, paramedics learn self-defense amid attacks

Nov. 11, 2019 3:35 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trisha Preston was transporting a patient in a mental health crisis in the back of her ambulance when suddenly the woman undid her seatbelt, jumped off the gurney and began attacking the veteran paramedic, punching her and pulling her hair. By the time Preston's partner wrestled the...

The Latest: All 3 veto override attempts fail in Assembly

Nov. 7, 2019 5:22 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on veto override attempts (all times local): 4:20 p.m. All three veto override attempts in the Wisconsin Assembly have failed after Democrats refused to go along with Republicans to rebuff Gov. Tony Evers. Thursday's votes marked the first override attempts in the Wisconsin...

Veterans in Connecticut prison getting help from horses

Nov. 6, 2019 3:58 PM EST

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prison inmate Daniel Elliot says he didn't feel comfortable talking about his problems until he met Hank and Sparky — who happen to be horses. Elliot suffered a traumatic brain injury during an accident while serving on an attack submarine in the Navy. He is serving...

Family says suspect in acid attack is veteran, suffered PTSD

Nov. 4, 2019 7:15 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police arrested a man suspected of throwing battery acid on a Hispanic man who says his attacker asked him, "Why did you come here and invade my country?" Police said Monday they arrested a 61-year-old white man suspected in Friday night's attack and were investigating the case...