Latest Mental health News

Family says man who fatally beat grandma is mentally ill

Aug. 24, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 69-year-old Florida woman has died two months after police say her grandson beat her and set fire to her home. West Palm Beach Police say 26-year-old Trevonte Adderly hit Delores Allen in the face and set the living room on fire in July. Police say she died Friday. Adderly...

Oklahoma City mulls vote on MAPS 4 sales tax extension

Aug. 23, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City council is expected to set a citywide vote for a one-cent sales tax that would generate nearly $980 million over eight years to fund dozens of city projects, including money for social services like mental health and homelessness. The proposal outlined on Friday is...

Shooter at large after LA deputy shot at sheriff's station

Aug. 22, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A shooter remained at large after wounding a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in a sheriff's station parking lot in the Mojave Desert city of Lancaster, authorities said. A search of the area concluded early Thursday without finding a suspect, said Deputy Morgan Arteaga, a department...

North Carolina man exonerated by panel in 1979 dorm slaying

Aug. 22, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judicial panel ruled Thursday that a mentally ill man who wore a Superman-like cape in police interviews and compared himself to Dracula did not kill a North Carolina college student in a dorm 40 years ago. Three judges declared James Blackmon, 66, innocent in the death of Helena...

Shooter at large after LA deputy shot at sheriff's station

Aug. 21, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators believe a gunshot that wounded a deputy outside a Los Angeles County sheriff's station on Wednesday was fired from a nearby building complex that provides housing to people with mental health issues, authorities said. Deputy Angel Reinosa, 21, was hit while heading to his...

Utah governor talks Trump, gun control ahead of Pence visit

Aug. 21, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling for increased discussions about mental health and violent video games in response to recent mass shootings. Herbert added that President Donald Trump's messaging sometimes distracts from the administration's strong policy. During his monthly news...

Plymouth State joining student mental health initiative

Aug. 21, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Plymouth State University is joining a program that helps schools strengthen their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs. The university has joined an initiative of the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that equips teens and young adults with skills and knowledge...

Psych exam ordered for man accused of firing gun at hospital

Aug. 20, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for an Indianapolis man accused of opening fire at a Chicago veterans hospital earlier this month. U.S. Magistrate Susan Cox said during a hearing Tuesday that there is "reason to be concerned' about 40-year-old Bernard Harvey Jr. as she...

Patience wears thin for migrants stranded off Italian coast

Aug. 19, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Spanish rescue ship Open Arms resorted to serving pizzas to 107 increasingly angry and sometimes aggressive migrants who are stranded aboard, as Italy's interior minister stuck to his refusal to let the vessel dock at a nearby Italian island in a weekslong standoff. The migrants were...

Phoenix police get training on people with mental issues

Aug. 19, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police officers must undergo training on dealing with people who have mental health issues under the latest reform being rolled out to improve accountability and trust, the agency's chief said Monday. Chief Jeri Williams announced hundreds of officers who patrol the streets of the...