Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Rise in suicide attempts in Texas prisons alarms advocates

Apr. 12, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Sawyer Letcher heard voices others couldn't. They told him to hurt himself. Trying to silence the clamor in his head, the 19-year-old would bang it against a prison wall in Texas until he bled. He tried to hang himself at least twice before eventually taking his life with bed sheets in his...

Lawsuit: Georgia jail conditions bad for mentally ill women

Apr. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Prolonged solitary confinement and harrowing conditions at a Georgia jail result in a substantial risk of serious psychological harm for mentally ill women held there, a federal lawsuit says. Urine and toilet water pool on the floor of cells and meals of moldy sandwich meat are not uncommon...

Kansas Guard captain resigns over concern about suicides

Apr. 9, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas National Guard captain has submitted her resignation out of frustration over what she perceived as a lack of concern by guard leadership after a series of people associated with the Guard took their own lives in recent months. Capt. Tara Fields, a behavioral health officer,...

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...

Former Milwaukee jail leader sentenced in dehydration death

Mar. 22, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee jail commander accused of lying during the investigation of the dehydration death of a mentally ill inmate has been sentenced to what will likely be house arrest. The Journal Sentinel reports that former Sheriff's Maj. Nancy Lee Evans was told Friday she will have three weeks...

Teen deaths stir knife crime debate in UK, which limits guns

Mar. 5, 2019 5:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Jodie Chesney was a keen Explorer Scout. Yousef Makki wanted to be a surgeon. The two 17-year-olds were stabbed to death on the same weekend in different parts of England, plunging friends and families into grief and igniting an intense political debate about why so many young people in...

Fund to support Nassar victims' counseling, other services

Feb. 28, 2019 2:49 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has started an intermediate fund to support counseling and mental health services for victims of imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar. The school shut down a previous $10 million fund after its interim president at the time said nearly half of...

University of Kentucky to assess student well-being services

Feb. 25, 2019 7:16 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky officials say a task force is being formed to assess mental health counseling and services related to student well-being on campus. The officials at the state's flagship university in Lexington say the committee will work quickly to assess the current range of...