Latest Mental health News

Vermont supreme court wades into issue of forced medication

Nov. 17, 2019 10:28 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says a past finding of incompetence doesn’t mean a mentally ill man was still incompetent when he signed an advanced directive banning involuntary medication. The Rutland Herald reports that the decision, released Friday, rejected a family court...

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...

Minnesota school district may monitor students’ online posts

Nov. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In the summer of 2017, Minnetonka Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Peterson attended a conference in Baltimore put on by the Education Research and Development Institute, a for-profit company that connects education technology businesses with school administrators. While in...

State agency says Ohio suicide deaths rose 45% since 2007

Nov. 14, 2019 12:22 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of suicides in Ohio increased 45% from 2007 to 2018 amid a growing national public health crisis, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health. Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton said suicide has also increased by more than 50% in young...

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...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...

South Carolina editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 12 The Times and Democrat on stress at work: A study conducted by TermLife2Go found that South Carolina's number one mental health concern is stress at work. The study looked at the most googled health concerns across the nation and found that internet...

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...