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Idaho State's Haley Harrison still fighting off the darkness

May. 17, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

The darkness rolls in like an invisible fog, draping over every thought, compounding until the internal agony becomes unbearable. Haley Harrison built a facade to mask its clutches, swallowing the mental torment to avoid any appearance of weakness. A senior softball player at Idaho State, she had been taught all...

Judge says Alabama failed to protect prisoners from suicide

May. 4, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After 15 inmate suicides in 15 months, a federal judge ruled Saturday that Alabama is putting prisoners in danger by failing to provide adequate suicide-prevention measures. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrote that there are "severe and systemic inadequacies" in the Alabama...

Klobuchar releases $100B substance abuse, mental health plan

May. 3, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years before...

Study: Kids' suicides spiked after Netflix's '13 Reasons'

Apr. 29, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

Suicides among U.S. kids aged 10 to 17 jumped to a 19-year high in the month following the release of a popular TV series that depicted a girl ending her life, researchers said. The study published Monday can't prove that the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" was the cause, but there were 195 more youth suicides than...

Federal judge holding trial on Alabama prisoner suicides

Mar. 28, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After 15 inmates killed themselves within 15 months, a federal judge will weigh whether the Alabama prison system is doing enough to prevent suicides. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Thursday began a mini-trial on suicide prevention measures. It comes almost two years after...