Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Oklahoma nears end to case in trial against drug makers

Jun. 26, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is close to wrapping up its case at trial against Johnson & Johnson, alleging the consumer products giant and its subsidiaries helped fuel the deadly opioid crisis. Attorneys for the state on Wednesday continued questioning Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and...

Judge: Teenager charged in parents' deaths not competent

Jun. 20, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge says a 19-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his parents and who is described by his attorney as "very mentally ill" isn't competent to be tried for first-degree murder. Michael Elijah Walker was remanded to the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Mental...

Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins tackling mental wellness head on

Jun. 20, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brian Dawkins is tackling mental health issues the same aggressive way he took on anyone who dared cross the middle during his Hall of Fame career as a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos. Since revealing he suffered from depression and had suicidal thoughts early in...

Some of the stories behind those involved in jail suicides

Jun. 19, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

A Marine with PTSD, a schizophrenic father, a granddad struggling with depression: They are just some of the many who've taken their lives in U.S. jails — a problem experts say is preventable with more training and safeguards. Here are their stories: ___ DEVIN LYNCH - COOK COUNTY JAIL The inmate,...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

Over 25 hours, one inmate begged for a doctor, screamed "help me," tore a blanket into strips and then killed herself. A guard, nevertheless, reported in a log that all was fine. Another inmate, locked up on a probation violation and suffering from mental illness, threatened to choke herself. A guard told her to...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Fillmore was in the Duchesne County Jail on a charge of violating...

Q&A: A look at the issue of mentally ill inmates in jails

Jun. 18, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

The nation's jails face increasing pressures as they house large numbers of mentally ill and addicted inmates. But the policies that contributed to this problem are decades in the making. Here's a look at why the population of troubled inmates has increased in jails and what's being done to address the problem:...

Pakistan's top court halts execution of mentally ill inmate

Jun. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A rights group says Pakistan's Supreme Court has halted the execution of a mentally ill prisoner. In a statement, the Justice Project Pakistan said Monday's court order halting the execution of Ghulam Abbas, 36, was announced by the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. The development came a...

Rights group: Pakistan shouldn't execute mentally ill man

Jun. 16, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A rights group has urged the Pakistani government not to execute a prisoner with "clear symptoms of mental illness" scheduled to be hanged in two days. Sarah Belal, executive director of Justice Project Pakistan, which campaigns against the death penalty, said Saturday that the...

Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

Jun. 6, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will allow more teachers to have guns in school and will increase mental health services for students under bills that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Thursday as major parts of the state's response to a 2018 mass shooting at a high school near Houston. School districts will be...