Latest Mental health News

Maine's deadliest shooting spurs additional gun control proposals

Feb. 28, 2024 16:16 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democrats in the Maine Legislature unveiled sweeping gun violence measures on Wednesday including a 72-hour waiting period for most gun purchases, adding to firearm bills and mental health spending already proposed by the governor after the deadliest shooting in the state...

Army personnel file shows Maine reservist who killed 18 people received glowing reviews

Feb. 27, 2024 20:54 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An Army reservist responsible for the deadliest shooting in Maine history received a glowing review from his superiors even as some of his family members were growing increasingly worried about his mental health. The annual evaluation from April 2023...

In wake of mass shooting, here is how Maine's governor wants to tackle gun control and mental health

Feb. 21, 2024 14:56 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor rolled out legislation on Wednesday she said will prevent dangerous people from possessing weapons and strengthen mental health services to help prevent future tragedies like the Lewiston mass shooting that shook the state. Gov. Janet Mills,...

Here’s the latest on the investigation into the shooting at Joel Osteen’s megachurch

Feb. 17, 2024 00:29 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly a week after a woman opened fire at celebrity pastor Joel Osteen's Texas megachurch, there are still questions about a motive behind the attack and scrutiny on how a person with a record of criminal misdemeanors and a history of mental illness was able to obtain her weapons....

Four-term New Hampshire governor delivers his final state-of-the-state speech

Feb. 15, 2024 16:12 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu delivered his final state-of-the-state address Thursday, urging lawmakers to continue on the path of fiscal prudence and limited government that he said has made New Hampshire “a beacon of success.” “Continued success is not...

Prison deaths report finds widespread missteps, failures in latest sign of crisis in federal prisons

Feb. 15, 2024 13:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The kind of systemic failures that enabled the high-profile prison deaths of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger and financier Jeffrey Epstein also contributed to the deaths of hundreds of other federal prisoners over the years, a watchdog report released Thursday found. ...

Warning signs mounted before Texas shooter entered church with her son, former mother-in-law says

Feb. 15, 2024 00:44 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The former mother-in-law of the woman who opened fire at a Houston megachurch tried for years to alert authorities and others, including church staff, about her ex-daughter-in-law’s mental health struggles, she said Wednesday. But Walli Carranza said nothing came of her actions....

Some worry California proposition to tackle homelessness would worsen the problem

Feb. 14, 2024 19:52 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging voters to approve a ballot initiative that he says is needed to tackle the state's homelessness crisis, a change social providers say would threaten programs that keep people from becoming homeless in the first place. ...

Things to know about California's Proposition 1

Feb. 14, 2024 19:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters this March will decide on a statewide ballot measure that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said would transform the outdated mental health system and address the ongoing homelessness crisis. Proposition 1, the only statewide initiative on...

New York City files a lawsuit saying social media is fueling a youth mental health crisis

Feb. 14, 2024 18:55 PM EST

New York City, its schools and public hospital system announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the tech giants that run Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube, blaming their “addictive and dangerous” social media platforms for fueling a childhood mental health crisis that is disrupting...