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In a Jan. 17, 2020 photo, Jake Tschirhart, a dog trainer with Labs for Liberty, left, pets Bodhi, a black lab service dog as he watches Chris Campbell, right, interact with Brody, a brown lab service dog in Aberdeen, S.D.. Campbell is using Brody temporarily to help deal with PTSD and physical injuries from his service in the military while Tschirhart completes the training Bodhi needs to become Campbell's full time service dog. (John Davis/Aberdeen American News via AP)

South Dakota winter 5K raises money to provide Labs for vets

Jan. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EST

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A plan hatched between friends over a couple of beers doesn't always produce sane results. Take, for instance, an idea for a 5-kilometer race in the rural South Dakota town of Tolstoy, population 38. In the middle of winter. On the surface, it's about as fundamentally sound as a lead...

Vermont to release 10-year plan for psychiatric care

Jan. 24, 2020 4:37 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Mental Health says it will release a 10-year plan for psychiatric care by the end of January. The new model for state psychiatric care could mean that the state could rely less on the Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont Public Radio reported. Mental Health...

Britain's Prince Charles, center, arrives at the Church of St Mary Magdalene where Charles' grandmother Princess Alice is buried, in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, Jan. 2020. Prince Charles is on a tour of Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories. (Neil Hall/Pool Photo via AP)

Prince Charles visits Jerusalem tomb of unique ancestor

Jan. 24, 2020 10:41 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles on Friday paid a solemn visit to the tomb of his grandmother, who sheltered Jews during the Holocaust and whose tumultuous life was marked by exile, mental illness and a religious devotion to serving the needy. Princess Alice is interred at the Russian Orthodox...

Kansas hopes to better help foster kids and families

Jan. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The same kids who end up in trouble with the law often come from families in disarray. Those families, in turn, regularly turn to the state for food assistance, foster care or mental health care. So last week, Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced plans to merge many of the...

New suicide prevention program targets kids, tribes, farmers

Jan. 23, 2020 5:46 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are trying to get suicide prevention programs into communities across the state following an increase in suicides in recent years. Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration detailed plans on Thursday to make suicide prevention part of its agriculture, tribal...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photo, Teiya Enriquez Sandoval, center, and her sister Jazzy Enriquez, right, the daughters of Honolulu Police Officer Tiffany Enriquez, hug family friend Tristel Tynanaes during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Tiffany Enriquez in Honolulu. A handyman's landlord had recently started an eviction process before he stabbed a woman Sunday and fatally shot two Honolulu officers, including Enriquez. (Bruce Asato/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Hawaii eyes closing gun loopholes, bolstering mental health

Jan. 22, 2020 8:25 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii already has some of the nation's strictest gun laws, but the fatal shooting of two Honolulu police officers by a man his lawyer and neighbors believe had psychiatric problems has added new urgency to efforts to close gun control loopholes and bolster mental health care treatment. ...

Police could be helped by virtual counselors in crisis calls

Jan. 21, 2020 4:05 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A shortage of mental health professionals in South Dakota, especially in rural areas, could be addressed by having trained counselors remotely assist police officers using readily available technology, lawmakers said Tuesday. Lawmakers are considering a package of eight bills this year...

Firefighters stand in front of a house, where eight people with mental and combined impairment were died and another three were seriously injured in the fire on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Vejprty, Czech Republic. (Slavomir Kubes/CTK via AP) ** SLOVAKIA OUT **

Fire at Czech asylum for mentally ill kills 8 patients

Jan. 19, 2020 6:29 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A fire swept through a Czech asylum for the mentally ill on Sunday, killing eight male patients, officials said. Prokop Volenik, spokesman for the regional rescue service, said the fire in the northwestern town of Vejprty broke out early Sunday before 5 a.m. (0400 GMT). The town is on the...

Dex Rumsey, 15, is photographed with his mother Robyn and father Clay Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Roy, Utah. Dex Rumsey, 15, came out as transgender at age 12. In consultation with a counselor and doctors, he gradually began wearing short hair and boy's clothes, then began using puberty blockers and eventually testosterone. His parents say he's gone from a shy, withdrawn child to a happy, thriving kid. He scared he could become depressed and suicidal again a ban on hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery for minors were to pass. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth

Jan. 18, 2020 10:55 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from providing them certain gender-related medical treatment; another batch would bar...

New Hampshire gets funding for youth suicide prevention

Jan. 18, 2020 10:44 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation announced that the state will get more than $700,000 in federal funding to help youth suicide prevention efforts in the state. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas said the state will receive...