Latest Mental health News

As shock wears off, mental health concerns grow in Bahamas

Sep. 16, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — One woman and her husband huddled on top of a bedroom dresser for two days, surrounded by floodwaters. Another man sat in his wheelchair for nearly 48 hours in water up to his chest, alone in his home. A third rescued a friend who sat in shock when part of a building where they...

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Sep. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51...

Jarrid Wilson, founder of Christian suicide outreach, dies

Sep. 11, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Jarrid Wilson, a Southern California pastor who with his wife founded the outreach group "Anthem of Hope" to help people coping with depression and suicidal thoughts, took his own life, a church official said. The 30-year-old Wilson, an associate pastor at the megachurch Harvest...

Veterans with PTSD, anxiety turn to beekeeping for relief

Sep. 11, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Gently lifting a wooden frame containing dozens of Italian honeybees, Vince Ylitalo seemed transfixed as he and several other veterans inspected the buzzing insects. "This is really cool," he said, pointing to a bee with blobs of orange pollen on its hind legs. Ylitalo, who has...

'Can't feel my heart:' IG says separated kids traumatized

Sep. 4, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Separated from his father at the U.S.-Mexico border last year, the little boy, about 7 or 8, was under the delusion that his dad had been killed. And he thought he was next. Other children believed their parents had abandoned them. And some suffered physical symptoms because of their...

Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health system

Sep. 4, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge will appoint an expert to oversee changes to Mississippi's mental health system, saying that attorneys for the federal government have proved the state is doing too little to serve people outside the confinement of mental hospitals. "The United States has met its...

Government watchdog: Migrant children separated from families suffered increasingly serious mental health problems

Sep. 4, 2019 10:16 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government watchdog: Migrant children separated from families suffered increasingly serious mental health problems.

Texas shooter got gun at private sale; denied in 2014 check

Sep. 3, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage that left seven dead obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, allowing him to evade a federal background check that blocked him from getting a gun in 2014 due to a "mental health issue," a law enforcement official told The Associated Press....

The Latest: Source: Mental health reason for 2014 gun denial

Sep. 3, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the shooting rampage in West Texas (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A law enforcement official says the gunman who killed seven people in Texas has failed a background check in 2014 because of a "mental health issue." The official tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that...

Law enforcement official tells AP that Texas shooter failed a 2014 background check due to "mental health issue."

Sep. 3, 2019 5:32 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement official tells AP that Texas shooter failed a 2014 background check due to "mental health issue."