Latest Mental health News

Wyoming governor requests funding for suicide call center

Jan. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has recommended providing $400,000 to fund an in-state call center for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Gordon changed course on the issue after initially rejecting the request. Wyoming is the only state that lacks a local call center for the national...

Family sues after deputies shoot mentally ill woman 20 times

Jan. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a New Mexico woman fatally shot more than 20 times by sheriff's deputies is suing. KOB-TV reports the family of Elisha Lucero has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in state district court against the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. According to the lawsuit,...

Idaho adds suicide prevention help to 211 CareLine

Jan. 15, 2020 2:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis can now dial a three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline. Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday that suicide prevention help has been added to the existing 211 Idaho CareLine. Previously, people who called 211...

Bill to create Michigan mental health hotline is approved

Jan. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is poised to create a permanent statewide mental health hotline under legislation that going to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The House passed the bill 101-7 Tuesday. The telephone referral system would be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and would refer people...

Woman launches new headquarters for group that helped her

Jan. 14, 2020 5:21 PM EST

HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — Andrea Bordenca was at a crossroads in 1999. The 43-year-old was struggling with substance abuse, bipolar disorder and social anxiety, all while running DESCO Service, a business that specializes in emergency response field service. Feeling the relationship with her family being...

Mental health festival aims to stop stigmas, educate public

Jan. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A local woman is organizing a downtown festival to help break down stigmas and societal barriers surrounding mental wellness. Autumn Sturtevant said her goal is an all-ages community event that forges connections between people, supports people who struggle with mental health...

Iowa governor calls for sales tax increase, other tax cuts

Jan. 14, 2020 3:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds asked lawmakers on Tuesday to consider increasing the state sales taxes by 1 cent to raise money to boost funding for water quality, the environment and mental health care programs. A 1-cent sales tax increase is expected to generate about $540 million in new...

Suspect in cleaver killing ordered to mental health facility

Jan. 14, 2020 11:17 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man charged with killing his wife with a meat cleaver in 2017 has been placed in the custody of the Vermont Department of Mental Health. Aita Gurung was charged with murder in his wife's death, but the charges were dropped by the county prosecutor who said evidence showed he was...

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey smiles as he pauses during his State of the State address as he talks about Arizona's economy, new jobs, and the state revenue as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona governor to close prison, calls for veteran tax cut

Jan. 13, 2020 6:27 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday said he is renaming the state Department of Corrections to highlight a new focus on rehabilitation and closing the oldest state prison in a move that will save nearly $275 million over three years. The Republican governor highlighted the moves in his State...

Iowa Legislature back to talk taxes, workers, child care

Jan. 12, 2020 11:25 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature convenes Monday with Republicans firmly in control and in a position to set the agenda for another session on topics ranging from tax policy and education funding to rural child care and mental health for children. Amid the state's nearly $300 million budget...