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Stressed: Virus' impact on mental health and substance use

Aug. 8, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — It’s clear the coronavirus has taken a tremendous toll on the physical health of North Carolinians. But experts say its impact on mental health has been significant, too. Statewide data shows symptoms of depression and anxiety have tripled amid the pandemic, according to...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, mourners gather for a vigil in Bellbrook, Ohio. Connor Betts, identified by authorities as the deceased gunman in a mass shooting in Dayton the previous day, had lived in Bellbrook. Many of the suspects in mass attacks in the U.S. last year had experienced stressful situations, like losing their job, or had struggled with substance abuse or mental health issues, according to a Secret Service report released Thursday.  The report, compiled by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, examined 34 attacks that killed or injured three or more people in 2019. A total of 108 people were killed and 178 were hurt. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Report: Many suspects in mass attacks experienced stressors

Aug. 6, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of the suspects in mass attacks in the U.S. last year had experienced stressful situations, like losing their job, or had struggled with substance abuse or mental health issues, according to a Secret Service report released Thursday. The cases highlight the importance for law...

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Phelps, Ohno open up about suicide, depression in new doc

Aug. 6, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Athletes Stephen Scherer, Jeret Peterson and Kelly Catlin have two things in common: They all reached their dream of becoming Olympians, and they all died by suicide. Olympians are known for pushing their bodies to the extreme but much less understood are the mental and emotional rigors...

FILE - This Sept. 2, 2015 file photo shows the the door to the cell at Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Va., where 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was found dead Aug. 19, 2015. The Justice Department has proposed that a Virginia jail comply with a consent decree that would require officials to improve medical treatment for inmates. The announcement on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, marks one of the first times the department has proposed such a resolution in the Trump administration.(Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

Feds propose consent decree to ensure care at Virginia jail

Aug. 5, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department proposed Wednesday that a Virginia jail comply with a consent decree requiring officials to improve medical treatment for inmates, marking one of the first times the department has proposed such a resolution in the Trump administration. The rare action follows a...

Community Crime Impact Team Mental Health Responders Kenzie Janson-Wolle, left, and Kelly Holden talk about the impact of their work during an interview Monday, July 13, 2020, at the St. Cloud, Minn., Police Department. (Dave Schwarz/The St. Cloud Times via AP)

St. Cloud police, mental health expert pair up on calls

Aug. 3, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — After years of working to create a new way to respond to mental health calls, a team of police and community partners is showing results just a few months after its inception. The St. Cloud-area co-responder team, which began working at the end of March, pairs a mental health...

This Feb. 29, 2020 photo provided by Kaiser Health News shows Beverly Grant finding peace and balance through yoga and meditation in the midst of painful losses - her son's murder in 2018, and her mother's death earlier this year - at the Dahlia Campus of the Mental Health Center of Denver. A growing movement to diversify yoga seeks to help people of color who disproportionately share the experience of debilitating trauma and grief, including being most at risk of the coronavirus.   (Rebecca Stumpf for KHN via AP)

Co-op seeks to diversify yoga to heal racialized trauma

Aug. 1, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Beverly Grant spent years juggling many roles before yoga helped her restore her balance. When not doting over her three children, she hosted her public affairs talk radio show, attended community meetings or handed out cups of juice at her roving Mo’ Betta Green MarketPlace farmers...

Jail guard gets probation for having sex with inmate

Jul. 29, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A judge has decided against prison for a former Monmouth County corrections officer who admitted he engaged in sexual activities with an inmate who was his former girlfriend. The judge on Tuesday instead sentenced Thomas Mauro, 42, of Beachwood, to two years probation and ordered him...

People march during a Black Lives Matter protest near UNLV, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Las Vegas. Top administrators at UNLV say they'll act on recommendations from an Anti-Black Racism Task Force formed in June to address social unrest following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

UNLV to implement new tools for racial equity, inclusion

Jul. 25, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A University of Nevada, Las Vegas task force has responded to racial unrest following the death of a man in police custody in Minnesota with recommendations to address safety, equity and inclusion among Black students and employees. Acting UNLV President Marta Meana and Chris Heavey,...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2005 file photo, Arlan and Linda Kaufman walk to the federal courthouse in Wichita, Kan., for their trial on several federal charges including servitude. A federal judge has refused to free Arlan Kaufman who once enslaved mentally ill patients in Kansas and forced them to work naked and engage in sexual acts, while billing the government and their families for the therapy. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten cited the

Kansan who abused mentally ill patients denied early release

Jul. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to free an ailing inmate from Kansas who, along with his wife, was convicted of abusing mentally ill patients at their treatment center, including by forcing them to work naked and engage in sexual acts, while billing the government and their families...

Judges rule Alaska institute wait list prevents due process

Jul. 21, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State prosecutors have dropped at least one criminal case because overcrowding at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute caused wait times so long that due process protections were violated. The Alaska Court of Appeals ruled the case of a mentally incompetent Juneau man had to be...