Latest Mental health News

Sheriff agrees to improve jail conditions to settle lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2022 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia sheriff has agreed to improve jail conditions for women with serious mental illness to settle a lawsuit alleging that prolonged solitary confinement and unsanitary conditions risked causing them serious psychological harm. Lawyers who visited the South...

Orchestra fighting stigma of mental illness marks 10 years

Jan. 22, 2022 10:38 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A classical music organization started in Vermont for musicians with mental illnesses and the people who support them is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a free performance in Boston on Sunday. Me2/ is a non-auditioned orchestra of musicians, half of...

Lawmaker who made anti-Asian slur is resigning, cites health

Jan. 21, 2022 15:46 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware lawmaker who came under fire last year for using a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers is resigning, House Democratic officials said Friday. Rep. Gerald Brady’s resignation will be effective Feb. 4, according to a press release from the...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 20, 2022 15:34 PM EST

Post & Courier. January 19, 2022. Editorial: Parents, school boards need to help DHEC keep SC schools open We know that kids need to be in the classroom: for their education, for their emotional well-being, for their physical safety and, yes, for the sake of...

Judge refuses to toss excessive force claims in man's death

Jan. 19, 2022 16:46 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit's claims that police on Maryland’s Eastern Shore used excessive force on a 19-year-old Black man who died in 2018 during a struggle with officers who handcuffed him and shackled his legs. Relatives of...

Mental health provider to open new sites in Mississippi

Jan. 19, 2022 08:36 AM EST

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi mental health provider plans to open multiple new facilities. Southwest Mississippi Mental Health Complex will open five new psychosocial rehabilitation facilities throughout its nine-county region, WJTV reported. The first of the...

House OK's bill excusing mental-health absences for students

Jan. 18, 2022 17:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday aimed at ensuring that mental health-related absences from school are excused for students. The bipartisan measure heads to the Senate after clearing the House on a 94-0 vote. Under...

Pandemic stress drives some Colorado teachers from classroom

Jan. 16, 2022 10:12 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Diane Santorico was a year shy of completing her third decade as a teacher when the profession that once gave her so much joy nearly stole all of it. She was sick – physically sick – and tired. The first few weeks of school had demanded that she teach in a...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 14, 2022 17:16 PM EST

Boston Globe. January 12, 2022. Editorial: Qualified progress on qualified immunity State commission recommends some worthy reforms, but punts on larger question of whether to change controversial rule that shields police officers from legal liability for abuse. ...

A year after SC inmate's death, family still seeking charges

Jan. 13, 2022 18:25 PM EST

The family of a mentally ill Black man who died after South Carolina jail employees repeatedly stunned him and then kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing is still seeking criminal charges a year later. Relatives for Jamal Sutherland have repeatedly asked South Carolina...