Latest Mental health News

San Antonio church leaders train to serve as mental health counselors

Jul. 22, 2024 16:35 PM EDT

After months of classes on counseling, Veron Blue got her chance to put what she has learned all year, to work. Across from her, was fellow trainee Deborah Johnson, who, as part of a lesson, assumed the role of a hypothetical client, who had come to Blue for help dealing with...

New Mexico Democrats mostly rebuff calls from Democratic governor to address high crime rates

Jul. 18, 2024 22:07 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats in the state legislative majority on Thursday resisted calls by New Mexico's governor for immediate action to address the “dangerous intersection” of crime and homelessness, shunning her proposals to enhance criminal penalties, restrict panhandling and expand...

Bedwetting, nightmares and shaking. War in Gaza takes a mental health toll, especially on children

Jul. 18, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Nabila Hamada gave birth to twin boys in Gaza early in the war, in a hospital reeking of decaying bodies and full of displaced people. When Israeli forces threatened the hospital, she and her husband fled with only one of the babies, as medical staff said the...

3 Montana inmates die in Cascade County Detention Center in 2 weeks

Jul. 17, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

Three inmates have died in custody at the Cascade County Detention Center since June 29. Leon Laverdure, 51, died on June 29. Julius Lowe, 28, died on July 5. Andrew Swager, 58, died on July 10. Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office, which provided the coroner in the cases, confirmed...

Detroit-area county to pay $7 million to family of man killed while jailed for drunken driving

Jul. 16, 2024 10:57 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area county agreed to a $7 million settlement in the death of a man who was severely beaten by another man while in jail for a misdemeanor. Separately, a federal prosecutor announced Monday that the Wayne County jail has agreed to improve how it serves...

Simone Biles has moved past Tokyo. If critics can't, she says that's their problem, not hers

Jul. 15, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

Simone Biles has spent the last three years moving past the Tokyo Olympics. The gymnastics superstar understands not everyone has. No matter how many national titles she wins or how times she stands atop the podium at the world championships, Biles knows she remains...

Mental health clinics across the US are helping Latinos bridge language and access barriers

Jul. 13, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

Michelle Mata wasn’t diagnosed with a mental illness until she was 23, after years of suffering. She knew very little about who to ask for help, having grown up in a Latino family in San Antonio that didn’t talk about mental health. At appointments, she was terrified of telling the truth. ...

Montana State Hospital shuffles top leadership, again

Jul. 12, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

Roughly six months before its goal of applying for federal certification of the Montana State Hospital, the state health department is again juggling turnover in key leadership positions at the state’s only public adult psychiatric facility. The Warm Springs facility, a cornerstone...

Pritzker signs law banning health insurance companies' 'predatory tactics,' including step therapy

Jul. 10, 2024 14:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law measures to block what he called insurance companies' “predatory tactics to make an extra dime” by shortchanging consumers on their medical needs. The Democrat signed legislation codifying one of...

Virginia joins other states with effort to restrict cellphones in schools

Jul. 09, 2024 18:08 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia on Tuesday joined a growing number of states that are pushing for cellphone restrictions in public schools, citing concerns over students' academic achievement and mental health. Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order to establish state...