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Norwich native now heads agency that counseled her as a teen

Jan. 14, 2020 1:53 PM EST

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — Erin Haggan felt like she came home in the fall, when she was hired as coordinator of Norwich Youth and Family Services. But actually, she barely left the agency that guided her through a youth crisis, assisted with her college education and helped her along in her career in social...

Program to bring mental health resources to Detroit schools

Jan. 4, 2020 9:47 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Public Schools Community District announced it's teaming up with a University of Michigan program aimed at helping students effectively manage symptoms of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. TRAILS — Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of...

Community center to offer services for Brazilian population

Dec. 31, 2019 3:11 PM EST

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Other people might see 70 Center St. as a former fitness studio in need of a coat of paint. Mental health clinician and medical interpreter Michael Mecenas sees it as something much bigger. In his mind, it’s a community center serving the health, social and wellness needs of...

Grand Junction group stands by all who’ve lost a pet

Dec. 28, 2019 5:06 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — For just one night, every other month, social worker Stacy Schoolfield sets up a spartan room for people to come and share the heaviness in their hearts. It’s especially poignant during the holidays, a time to connect with those we love — and raise a glass to...

Motivational conference costs South Dakota more than $40,000

Dec. 26, 2019 2:43 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A recent motivational conference hosted by state agencies received 434 registrations and cost the state $40,480, according to a spokeswoman for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. The first-ever South Dakota LEADS Conference earlier this month at the Sioux Falls Convention Center was...

Service industry workers in Aspen find support from peers

Dec. 26, 2019 11:16 AM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Lindze Letherman and Quinn Gallagher didn’t even realize they were doing it. Once a week, before their shift together at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in downtown Aspen, they would come in an hour early, and just check in with each other. “I don’t know if we even said...

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Baba Ram Dass, spiritual guru and LSD proponent, dies at 88

Dec. 23, 2019 4:43 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Baba Ram Dass, the 1960s counterculture spiritual leader who experimented with LSD and traveled to India to find enlightenment, returning to share it with Americans, has died. He was 88. Dass’ foundation, Love Serve Remember, announced late Sunday that the author and spiritual...

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Chant or rant? Surviving the most wonderful time of the year

Dec. 23, 2019 12:10 PM EST

If the holidays leave you more stressed than centered, some experts say daily meditation sessions can help. The only question: Who has time to meditate when it takes 20 minutes just to find parking at the mall? Perhaps a more practical approach is Immediate Gratification Meditation. Try these tongue-in-cheek...

Maui police launch mobile app to help manage stress

Dec. 21, 2019 11:48 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Officials on Maui have launched a wellness mobile app for police officers to help them deal with the stress of the job. The Maui News reported Friday that the Maui Police Department is the first in the state to try out the technology that offers information on mental health issues...

Elizabeth Warren's onetime family home in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Warren lived in this home on NW 25th Street in Oklahoma City from when the future Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate was 11 until she graduated from high school at 16 in 1964. Warren has campaigned for the White House for nearly a year telling audiences nationwide that she grew up on

Warren’s origin story, her mother and THE dress, comes home

Dec. 20, 2019 8:02 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Warren lets the dramatic tension build as she begins the foundational story of her biography, the one about her mother and the black dress. It was 1962, and her father had suffered a heart attack. Her mother had no choice. She pulled on her best dress and got her first job at...