Latest Mental health News

Florida GOP leader apologizes for trashing hotel room and says he'll seek help for alcoholism

Apr. 10, 2024 17:39 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A leader of the Republican Party of Florida has apologized for being excessively drunk and urinating and vomiting all over his room at a hotel last week, saying he has been dealing with alcoholism and mental health issues. George Riley, executive director of...

Armed teen with mental health issues shot to death by sheriff’s deputies in Southern California

Apr. 03, 2024 19:46 PM EDT

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 17-year-old boy with mental health issues after he armed himself with a knife and locked himself inside a bathroom at a home, authorities said Wednesday. The teen was being transferred from a...

Oregon governor signs a bill recriminalizing drug possession into law

Apr. 01, 2024 18:29 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek on Monday signed into law a bill that recriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs, ending a first-in-the-nation experiment with decriminalization that was hobbled by implementation issues. The new law rolls back a...

A mom called 911 to get her son mental health help. He died after police responded with force

Mar. 28, 2024 10:56 AM EDT

Taylor Ware’s mom just wanted to get her son the help he needed. But her home was 400 miles away and Ware was deep into a manic episode at an interstate rest stop in rural southern Indiana. “I need someone to come, OK, so that he can get help at a mental hospital....

NYC subway rider is fatally pushed onto tracks, reviving discussion about mental illness in system

Mar. 26, 2024 20:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of fatally shoving another person into the path of an oncoming New York City subway train was described Tuesday by his mother and officials as having psychological issues, reviving discussion about how the city should respond to people experiencing mental health...

AI chatbots are here to help with your mental health, despite limited evidence they work

Mar. 23, 2024 08:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Download the mental health chatbot Earkick and you’re greeted by a bandana-wearing panda who could easily fit into a kids' cartoon. Start talking or typing about anxiety and the app generates the kind of comforting, sympathetic statements therapists are trained...

California homelessness measure's razor-thin win signals growing voter fatigue

Mar. 21, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A key measure to combat homelessness personally backed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom has barely passed despite his multi-million-dollar campaign supporting it, reflecting voter fatigue and frustration about the crisis that continues to dog the state’s Democratic...

California voters pass measure pushed by governor to tackle homelessness crisis in razor-thin win

Mar. 20, 2024 22:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters have approved a measure that will impose strict requirements on counties to spend on housing and drug treatment programs to tackle the state’s homelessness crisis, in a tissue-thin win for Gov. Gavin Newsom, who personally campaigned for the measure's...

Philadelphia mass shooting suspect is headed to trial after receiving mental health treatment

Mar. 20, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The suspect in a Philadelphia mass shooting last summer who had been deemed mentally incompetent is headed to trial after his lawyers told a judge he has been undergoing treatment and is prepared to move forward with the case. Kimbrady Carriker, 41, is charged...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Mar. 20, 2024 07:12 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star-Tribune. March 18, 2024. Editorial: ‘Human composting’ should be legal Minnesota lawmakers should legalize Natural Organic Reduction as an end-of-life alternative this session. It’s not often that someone who has died is among...