Latest Mental health News

Mental health clinics across the US are helping Latinos bridge language and access barriers

Jul. 13, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

Michelle Mata wasn’t diagnosed with a mental illness until she was 23, after years of suffering. She knew very little about who to ask for help, having grown up in a Latino family in San Antonio that didn’t talk about mental health. At appointments, she was terrified of telling the truth. ...

Montana State Hospital shuffles top leadership, again

Jul. 12, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

Roughly six months before its goal of applying for federal certification of the Montana State Hospital, the state health department is again juggling turnover in key leadership positions at the state’s only public adult psychiatric facility. The Warm Springs facility, a cornerstone...

Pritzker signs law banning health insurance companies' 'predatory tactics,' including step therapy

Jul. 10, 2024 14:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law measures to block what he called insurance companies' “predatory tactics to make an extra dime” by shortchanging consumers on their medical needs. The Democrat signed legislation codifying one of...

Virginia joins other states with effort to restrict cellphones in schools

Jul. 09, 2024 18:08 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia on Tuesday joined a growing number of states that are pushing for cellphone restrictions in public schools, citing concerns over students' academic achievement and mental health. Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order to establish state...

A bench and a grandmother's ear: Zimbabwe’s novel mental health therapy spreads overseas

Jul. 07, 2024 23:51 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — After her son, the family’s shining light and only breadwinner, was arrested last year, Tambudzai Tembo went into meltdown. In Zimbabwe, where clinical mental health services are scarce, her chances of getting professional help were next to zero. She contemplated...

Pennsylvania Senate passes bill encouraging school districts to ban students' phone use during day

Jul. 03, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to encourage school districts to start a pilot program that effectively bans students' use of cellphones during the school day in an effort to improve their mental health and academic performance. The bill,...

Boy accused of stabbing student at Sydney university has faced previous charges, officials say

Jul. 03, 2024 02:11 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A state government minister said on Wednesday a 14-year-old boy accused of stabbing a student at the University of Sydney has faced charges that were dismissed by a court, while newspapers reported he was accused of threatening to shoot fellow students. ...

California dad who drove family off cliff will get mental health treatment instead of trial

Jun. 26, 2024 17:16 PM EDT

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A California radiologist accused of trying to kill his family by driving off a cliff along the Northern California coast will receive mental health treatment instead of standing trial, a judge ruled. Prosecutors charged Dharmesh A. Patel, 43, with...

Parts of Washington state parental rights law criticized as a ‘forced outing’ placed on hold

Jun. 21, 2024 23:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has paused parts of a new Washington state parental rights law derided by critics as a “forced outing” measure. King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott on Friday paused portions of the law while a lawsuit brought by civil liberties groups and...

IndyCar heads to Laguna Seca with new faces in new cars as drivers jockey for jobs

Jun. 21, 2024 16:06 PM EDT

IndyCar is back in action this weekend on the Laguna Seca road course in California and spectators may need a spotter's guide to figure out who is even in the field following a wild sequence of driver movement that has upended the free agent market with more than half the season remaining. ...