Latest Mental health News

Attorney will evaluate Mississippi mental health services

Oct. 25, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A special assistant attorney general in Mississippi has been appointed to a new role in state government as the coordinator of mental health accessibility. William Rosamond will evaluate the quality of mental health care to possibly change services offered in some counties....

American Legion Auxiliary member Pat Washburn, at left, and Marine Corps League and American Legion member Ron Brooks are among a group of volunteers planting 22 crosses in front of the American Legion Devereaux Post 141 in Howell Township, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The effort was part of a 30 day project to represent the approximately 22 deaths by suicide of American veterans nationally each day, as estimated by the Veterans Administration, according to Veterans Service officer Jon Luker. (Gillis Benedict/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus via AP)

660 crosses going up at an American Legion post near Howell

Oct. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — When U.S. Army veteran Jon Luker returned from serving in the Panama Canal Zone during the Vietnam War era he struggled with his mental health. “I was just walking around confused and not motivated to get involved in anything, but I didn’t understand the source of my...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left and French President Emmanuel Macron stand, during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart’s mental condition while criticizing Macron’s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health

Oct. 24, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart's...

Madison Zurmuehlen poses for a photo on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Amid pandemic restrictions aimed at keeping students safe and healthy, colleges are scrambling to help them adjust. Zurmuehlen said daily practices, with masks, are “the one thing I look forward to,” so it was tough when campus sports were canceled for two weeks after an outbreak among student athletes and staff. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Stressed freshmen missing quintessential college experience

Oct. 24, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

It’s a major life milestone, the first time many U.S. teens have ever been on their own. Even in normal times, freshman year in college can be a jumbled mix of anticipation, uncertainty and emotional highs and lows. In these hardly normal times, when the quintessential college experience exists only in...

FILE - This Dec. 11, 2019 file photo shows gravestones at a cemetery in New Jersey. The U.S. suicide death rate fell slightly in 2019, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise

Oct. 23, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. It’s a small decrease and the data is preliminary, but the decline is “really exciting,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of...

Koki Ozora, a college student who started a nonprofit called

Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place for You,” is run entirely by volunteers. It offers a 24-hour text-messaging service for those...

Witness: Man who fired gun was having mental health issues

Oct. 20, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

LEE, N.H. (AP) — A Maine man accused of firing a gun in a shopping plaza parking lot in New Hampshire over the weekend told a witness that he believed that “droids” and “drones” were trying to get him and that he was on his way to Maryland, amassing ammunition along the way,...

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Glenn Close to receive honorary AARP Purpose Prize award

Oct. 20, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Glenn Close will receive an honorary AARP award for her work with a charity that brings awareness to mental illness. AARP announced Tuesday that Close will be the first to receive an honorary Purpose Prize Award during a virtual ceremony on Dec. 3. The Oscar-winning actress will be...

New Hampshire gets federal mental health grant

Oct. 18, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has been awarded more than $300,000 to reduce crime and recidivism among defendants who have mental health issues, the U.S. attorney’s office announced. U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said the $326,150 Department of Justice grant will go to Carroll County to support...

Mental health experts to pair with cops in northern Illinois

Oct. 18, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Winnebago County sheriff's deputies and Rockford police officers will pair with mental health experts when responding to emergency psychiatric and suicidal episodes as a new approach over arrests. Law enforcement will team with Rosecrance crisis-intervention specialists to create a...