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Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides

Aug. 15, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rash of suicides by police officers has shaken the New York Police Department, leading the commissioner to declare a mental health emergency and highlighting the problem of untreated depression among law enforcement officers nationwide. On Wednesday, Robert Echeverría, 56, became the...

Correction: Mylan-Pfizer story

Aug. 6, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

In a story July 29 about Pfizer and Mylan, The Associated Press erroneously described the drug Effexor. It is used to treat depression, not severe heartburn. A corrected version of the story is below: Pfizer, Mylan strengthen ties, create new company Pfizer, strengthening ties to Mylan, will pair its off-patent...

As government tackles veteran suicide, SC vet shares story

Jul. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Army veteran Joyce Letellier stopped herself from saying her future is bright. "I don't want to sound corny," the 61-year-old Hanahan resident said. Instead, she stresses she cares about her life now and doesn't want to die anymore. "If that makes sense," Letellier said. It's...

Study: Michigan prison workers facing mental health crisis

Jul. 15, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prison workers are facing a mental health crisis that includes much higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and alcohol abuse than in the general public, according to a study released Monday. The report , conducted for the state Department of...

Skopje zoo's chimp returns after recovering from depression

Jul. 11, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Koko the chimpanzee, once a star in Skopje's zoo, has returned home after spending 10 years in the Netherlands recovering from depression, the zoo says. Koko was reunited with his keeper, Dragan Trajkovski, on Thursday, who said he was overjoyed to see the chimp again. "It...

Army veteran transforms his life with yoga

Jul. 6, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — At his darkest point, Bryan Fant was addicted to vicodin, benzodiazepine, prozac, Xanax and various other powerful medications. All had been prescribed by the Veterans Administration to treat his debilitating pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Multiple deployments to Saudi...