- Crisis team sent to Alaska village after trio of suicides Updated: Oct-09-15 6:10 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A Native village on Alaska's western coast is reeling from back-to-back suicides of three young adults - with each subsequent death influenced by the preceding one.
- Judge to rule on Branstad's closure of mental hospitals Updated: Oct-09-15 10:40 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - A judge says he'll decide within 30 days whether Gov. Terry Branstad violated the law by using a line-item veto to close two state mental health hospitals.
- Pennsylvania orders youth mental health facility closed Updated: Oct-08-15 1:51 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - After investigating reports of sexual abuse, state regulators are ordering the closure of a western Pennsylvania facility that treats children and teenagers diagnosed with mental health conditions.
- Tribes get $4.4M to reduce drugs, suicide, domestic violence Updated: Oct-08-15 9:01 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The Indian Health Services will support nine New Mexico tribes' and tribal organizations' efforts to reduce suicide, drug addiction and domestic violence with $4.39 million in federal grants.
- Shakespeare acting program helps veterans deal with emotions Updated: Oct-08-15 3:04 am
MILWAUKEE - William Shakespeare's words from more than 400 years ago are proving to be healing for modern-day veterans.
- Illinois panel OKs medical marijuana for 8 health conditions Updated: Oct-07-15 4:47 pm
COUNTRYSIDE, Illinois - An advisory board voted Wednesday to add eight health conditions - including chronic pain syndrome, autism, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder - to the list of illnesses that can be treated by medical marijuana in Illinois.
- Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings Updated: Oct-07-15 1:44 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.
- Ohio bill would spare severely mentally ill from execution Updated: Oct-07-15 3:33 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers.
- Patrick Kennedy memoir creates rift among his family Updated: Oct-06-15 5:49 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A memoir by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy has created a rift with family members upset over his portrayal of family secrecy, substance abuse and mental illness, including that of his father, late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.
- Footballers' union calls for greater focus on mental health Updated: Oct-06-15 5:29 am
PARIS - The global union for footballers is appealing for greater attention to be paid to their mental health after one-third of retired players in a new study reported symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Dallas County district attorney discusses bout of depression Updated: Oct-05-15 3:56 pm
DALLAS - Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk says she opened up about her struggle with depression, including recent threats to kill herself, because she wants to help others.
- Former Navy pilot sues US government over bipolar diagnosis Updated: Oct-05-15 2:39 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A former Navy pilot who lost his job flying commercial planes after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder is suing the federal government for $35 million after a different psychiatrist said he never had the illness.
- Experts: Rural Nebraska lacks access to mental health care Updated: Oct-05-15 2:03 pm
GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska - Experts say the lack of access to mental health care in rural areas of Nebraska isn't improving.
- Mom accused in hotel death to have mental health evaluation Updated: Oct-03-15 8:30 am
PORTLAND, Oregon - A mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a Cannon Beach hotel room will have a mental health evaluation as part of her ongoing court case.
- 4 Dallas-area relatives accused of faking mental illness Updated: Oct-01-15 7:55 pm
DALLAS - Four North Texas relatives have been faking mental illness to get government benefits in a decades-long scam, federal prosecutors allege.
- St. Louis VA mental health records questioned by watchdog Updated: Oct-01-15 2:36 pm
ST. LOUIS - A federal watchdog says it has confirmed a whistleblower's claims that Veterans Affairs sites in St. Louis marked appointments for mental health patients as completed before they were seen, effectively boosting the appearance of the sites' productivity.
- San Diego County OKs $10M to help homeless, mentally ill Updated: Oct-01-15 2:29 pm
SAN DIEGO - Responding to a rise in homelessness across the region, San Diego County supervisors have approved spending another $10 million on housing for people with mental illnesses as they complete treatment and rehabilitation programs.
- Department of Mental Health celebrates 50th anniversary Updated: Oct-01-15 9:54 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Department of Mental Health is celebrating its 50th year of service with a ceremony in Montgomery.
- Hush puppies: Vet says music cuts shelter barking and stress Updated: Sep-30-15 1:00 pm
LOS ANGELES - Can music tame the savage beast? Can it hush puppies and calm kitties?
- Mentally ill man seeks release from secure facility Updated: Sep-30-15 12:00 pm
MIDDLESEX, Vermont - A mentally ill Vermont man who seriously injured a propane deliveryman four years ago has changed his name and wants to be released from the secure mental health facility he's lived at since 2013.
- Judge allows class-action lawsuit over Mississippi prison Updated: Sep-29-15 8:09 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge is allowing inmates to go forward with their lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a private prison operator.
- Montana to open mental health facility in Galen Updated: Sep-29-15 7:08 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana plans to convert a private youth prison in Galen into a treatment facility for mentally ill inmates to relieve overcrowding five miles away at the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, officials with Gov. Steve Bullock's office said Tuesday.
- Police training canceled because of Illinois budget crisis Updated: Sep-29-15 5:13 pm
CHICAGO - Police departments across Illinois say the state budget stalemate has left them struggling to provide necessary training to officers on everything from how to deal with the mentally ill to proper use of force.
- Judge considers medicating mentally ill man in terror case Updated: Sep-29-15 3:33 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A shackled man who shouted incoherently for several minutes before being carried from the courtroom by federal marshals Tuesday might be forcibly medicated so he can go on trial for trying to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria, depending on how a federal judge rules.
- Arapahoe County inmate in mental health program dies Updated: Sep-28-15 9:10 pm
CENTENNIAL, Colorado - An inmate in an Arapahoe County program for the mentally ill was found dead over the weekend.