Latest Mental health News

Utah gun permit applications down after requirement dropped

Oct. 23, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Certified firearms instructor Aaron Turner has no one to teach. Earlier this year, his courses covering gun safety, shooting fundamentals, federal and state laws, and suicide prevention for would-be concealed carry permit holders were booked solid,...

Area code needed for local calls in Vermont, New Hampshire

Oct. 22, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

Callers in Vermont and New Hampshire will have to dial the area code to make local calls starting this weekend. The two states are among 82 area codes in 35 states that will require 10-digit dialing starting Sunday, according to Federal Communications Commission. The...

Overland Park police expand mental health response for calls

Oct. 22, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The Overland Park Police Department plans to expand its team that responds to calls involving mental health crises, with a goal of diffusing the situations while keeping everyone safe. The new Overland Park Crisis Action Team will have 12...

Richmond schools closing 2 extra days for mental health

Oct. 22, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond’s schools will close for the entire first week of November, including two days “in the interest” of workers’ mental health, the superintendent announced. Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras announced the change...

Blanding makes her voice heard in Virginia governor's race

Oct. 22, 2021 06:07 AM EDT

GLENNS, Va. (AP) — The second and final debate in Virginia's closely watched governor's race had been underway for about 10 minutes when a woman started shouting from the audience. “I worked very hard to be on the ballot. I should be up on the stage!" she yelled, as...

OL Brandon Knight says he's taking a break from football

Oct. 21, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Brandon Knight says he's taking a break from football to address his mental health. Knight went from the Cowboys to Baltimore via waivers this week, but he did not report to the Ravens. In a message on Twitter on...

EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

Oct. 21, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with...

2 Kansas area codes to switch to 10-digit dialing

Oct. 21, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — People with the 620 and 785 phone area code will have to start dialing 10 digits to complete local calls starting Sunday. The Wichita Eagle reports that the reason for the change is to avoid conflicts when the Federal Communications Commission...

Civil rights attorney seeks charges over inmate's death

Oct. 19, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent civil rights attorney on Tuesday demanded that a South Carolina prosecutor revisit a case and criminally charge the two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing. ...

Kansas inmates wait months for mental health treatment

Oct. 18, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Inmates with mental health issues are waiting months to get the medication and treatment they need to be deemed competent to assist in their own defense because a state hospital is so overtaxed. Douglas County Sheriff Jay Armbrister said the...