Latest Mental health News

Second lady Karen Pence speaks at the National Press Club about a campaign to raise awareness on the risks of veterans suicide, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

US government launches campaign to reduce high suicide rates

Jul. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government launched a broad national campaign Tuesday aimed at reducing high suicide rates, urging the public to reach out to others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and acknowledge daily stresses in people's lives. Known as REACH, the government campaign is the...

Iowa governor to use $50M in federal money for mental health

Jul. 7, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she would spend $50 million in federal funding on adult and childhood mental health and substance abuse programs. The money is part of the state’s allocation from the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, known as the CARES Act, that was...

Seattle City Council member to propose police alternative

Jul. 6, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle City Council member is introducing legislation to redirect money from the police budget to creating a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program. The proposal from council member Andrew Lewis would send unarmed medics and crisis workers to reports of people...

Report: New Mexico's suicide rate is highest in the nation

Jul. 5, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s suicide rate reportedly is the highest in the nation. The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday that New Mexico had 535 suicides in 2018, the most recent year for which nationwide data is available. According to the newspaper, rates of suicide in the youngest age...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. The unusual resumption of the NBA season during the coronavirus pandemic is making mental health a priority. Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part of living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather in Central Florida to resume their suspended seasons later this month. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

NBA emphasizes mental health as teams await Disney 'bubble'

Jul. 4, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part. The Pelicans guard will be living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather near Orlando, Florida, this month to resume their suspended season. Holiday’s wife, Lauren, a former U.S. national team soccer...

"Red-flag" gun bill headed to Sununu for likely veto

Jun. 29, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill allowing guns to be taken from people who present a danger to themselves or others is on its way to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who is likely to veto it. The Senate, controlled by Democrats, voted 14-10 along party lines Monday in favor of the bill, which would allow relatives...

Mental health issues compounded by COVID-19 quarantine

Jun. 28, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — For Northeast Florida residents with substance dependency, rocky relationships, mental health issues and other challenges, COVID-19 added another layer of stress that left unchecked, experts fear, could lead to worse outcomes. For most of his life, Lavarian Ouma has been trapped....

Opioid crisis in Colorado could get worse amid pandemic

Jun. 28, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic overshadowed a long list of other problems that suddenly seemed less urgent in the wake of a deadly virus and its economic destruction. Included at the top of that list: the opioid epidemic. That crisis is still raging in Colorado and predicted to get even worse...

Massachusetts police sergeant stabbed in police station

Jun. 23, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police sergeant was stabbed in the back in the lobby of the police station while interviewing man about some alleged threats, prosecutors said Tuesday. Southborough Sgt. James Deluca was taken to a Worcester hospital after he was injured just before 10 p.m....

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019 file photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans.  Federal regulators will vote in July 2020 on whether to make “988” the number to reach a suicide prevention hotline. The Federal Communications Commission says phone service providers will have until July 2022 to implement the new number, if the measure is approved in July, as expected. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

FCC to vote in July to make '988' the suicide hotline number

Jun. 23, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

Federal regulators will vote in July on whether to make “988” the number to reach a suicide prevention hotline. The Federal Communications Commission says phone service providers will have until July 2022 to implement the new number, if the measure is approved in July, as expected. Once it's in...