Mental Health

Jail Suicide Rates High Due to Inadequate Mental Health Care
Criminal Justice
Jail Suicide Rates High Due to Inadequate Mental Health Care
2021-02-26 16:47:10
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The failure of the prison system to provide adequate mental health care is causing people to kill themselves at high rates, according to a new report.  The report, published in February in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet, reviewed data from... Read More

Congress Wants to Restore Its Workforce to Well-Being After Tumultuous Year
Mental Health
Congress Wants to Restore Its Workforce to Well-Being After Tumultuous Year
2021-02-19 15:01:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional subcommittee tried to assess the well-being and mental health of its own workforce Thursday after a year that one of its members described as “like drinking from a firehose while in freefall.” Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Pandemic Fever Got You Down? Smash Up Stuff at The Rage Room
Mental Health
Pandemic Fever Got You Down? Smash Up Stuff at The Rage Room

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — After nearly a year of being trapped in pandemic isolation, some people just want to pick up a sledgehammer and smash something to smithereens."That felt good," sweating insurance executive Josh Elohim said after reducing a... Read More

Republicans Block $2,000 Virus Checks Despite Trump Demand
Congress
Republicans Block $2,000 Virus Checks Despite Trump Demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans shot down a Democratic bid on Thursday to pass President Donald Trump's longshot, end-of-session demand for $2,000 direct payments to most Americans as he ponders whether to sign a long-overdue COVID-19 relief bill. The made-for-TV... Read More

Vaccines' Rollout and Pent-Up Consumer Demand Brighten US Economic Outlook
Economy
Vaccines' Rollout and Pent-Up Consumer Demand Brighten US Economic Outlook

WASHINGTON — If the new COVID-19 vaccines prove effective and are widely accepted, the result could be a welcome surge in the nation's economy as well as an end to the pandemic nightmare. That's because millions of Americans, especially those... Read More

Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
Education
Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
2020-12-10 19:06:57
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, a group of prominent Washington D.C. think tank organizations sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prioritize bipartisan-backed legislation that would benefit America’s college students. The letter was sent to the House and Senate minority... Read More

IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
Veterans
IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
2020-12-10 18:49:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out the three-year pilot program to assess how best to provide assistance... Read More

Senator Kennedy Wants To Improve Mental Health Services For Students
Mental Health
Senator Kennedy Wants To Improve Mental Health Services For Students
2020-12-08 22:21:00
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., introduced the Youth Mental Health Services Act to improve mental health services for students in primary and secondary schools. “It’s a lot harder being a kid in 2020 than when I was... Read More

New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
2020-12-07 20:23:18
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey report from Gallup suggests that Americans’ positive outlook on their mental health is on a nine-point decline from last year, a new low point in Gallup’s 20-year history of measuring Americans’ view on their mental health. The... Read More

Rudy Giuliani States He's 'Feeling Good' After Positive COVID-19 Test
Health
Rudy Giuliani States He's 'Feeling Good' After Positive COVID-19 Test

NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani became the latest member of President Donald Trump's circle to test positive for coronavirus, the commander in chief announced Sunday, and the former Big Apple mayor stated that he's doing well. "Thank you to all my friends and followers for... Read More

DOT Issues New Rules Nixing Emotional Support Animals on Planes
Aviation
DOT Issues New Rules Nixing Emotional Support Animals on Planes
2020-12-03 20:58:03
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – In a release this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced new regulations for animals flying on planes, including guidance that no longer recognizes emotional support animals as service animals. Additionally, dogs will be the only animals recognized... Read More

Survey Suggests Americans are Feeling Loneliness With Holiday Season Approaching
Mental Health
Survey Suggests Americans are Feeling Loneliness With Holiday Season Approaching
2020-11-20 15:23:54
by Sara Wilkerson

A survey conducted by ValuePenguin, a data-based personal finance research company, shows that nearly a quarter of Americans do not plan on seeing family and friends for the holidays this year, with more than one in 10 reporting extreme loneliness... Read More

COVID-19 'Long-haulers' Worry About Coverage, Costs
Health
COVID-19 'Long-haulers' Worry About Coverage, Costs

Andrea Ceresa has been through three gastroenterologists already and now is moving on to her fourth. She's seen an infectious disease specialist, a hematologist, a cardiologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist, a physiatrist and an integrative doctor. She has an... Read More

Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
Mental Health
Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
2020-10-16 19:28:26
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- Last week, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., announced their plan to introduce a pair of bills that take a holistic and community-based approach to addressing the growing crisis of childhood trauma. The announcement... Read More

Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot
Research
Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot

Seven months into the pandemic, it’s no secret that plenty of people still downplay the risks of COVID-19, scoffing at mask-wearing and social distancing. Politics clearly feeds that mindset, as suggested by a new Pew Research Center survey in which... Read More

Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
Mental Health
Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
2020-09-16 20:23:18
by Daniel Londono

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., served as moderator last week at a Blue Dog Coalition forum exploring the issue of mental health and addiction in the U.S. and how to deal with it. Brindisi, the coalition's co-chair, has been... Read More

Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential for Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints
Health
Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential for Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints
2020-09-08 15:13:43
by Reece Nations

Telehealth services have made substantial progress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic despite the hardships the health care industry as a whole has had to endure. The concept of telehealthcare is now more widely accepted than ever before. In August, a bipartisan... Read More

Signs of Depression Have Tripled in US Since Pandemic Started
Research
Signs of Depression Have Tripled in US Since Pandemic Started

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched pretty much every person in America — and it shows in the state of our mental health. The prevalence of sleep troubles, lethargy, feelings of hopelessness and other depression symptoms in adults across the country... Read More

Pharma Lobby Disputes Trump’s Claim That Drug Companies Are Negotiating
Prescription Drugs
Pharma Lobby Disputes Trump’s Claim That Drug Companies Are Negotiating

WASHINGTON — The pharmaceutical industry’s leading lobby group said Tuesday it did not know of a meeting at the White House to discuss lowering prescription drug prices, after President Donald Trump said executives were coming in this week to negotiate.... Read More

How to Manage Anxiety Surrounding Back-to-School Transition
Mental Health
How to Manage Anxiety Surrounding Back-to-School Transition
2020-08-06 18:14:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Even as students across the United States are beginning to head back to class, the reopening of schools remains a topic of intense debate. While no one can predict what is ahead for the Fall of 2020, there... Read More

Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Mental Health
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
2020-07-30 17:57:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how... Read More

Trump Touts His Cognitive Test Results. How Would You Do?
Mental Health
Trump Touts His Cognitive Test Results. How Would You Do?
2020-07-28 20:26:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's probably never been a month in presidential politics like July 2020. For the better part of it, the current occupant of the White House, President Donald Trump, has sought to display his mental fitness on television, by... Read More

Biden Calls for Overhauling the Nation’s Caregiving System to Boost the Economy
2020 Elections
Biden Calls for Overhauling the Nation’s Caregiving System to Boost the Economy

Joe Biden proposed on Tuesday a $775 billion overhaul of the nation’s caregiving system, efforts that he argued will create 3 million jobs while freeing up millions of people — largely women and people of color — to enter the... Read More

New York City Moves to Protect ‘Vulnerable Populations’ Against Savage Summer Temps
Cities
New York City Moves to Protect ‘Vulnerable Populations’ Against Savage Summer Temps
2020-07-10 19:27:47
by Jacob Pederson

After waging a pitched, months-long battle against the coronavirus, New York City is now stepping up its efforts to protect its residents from a more familiar adversary -- the onset of summer heat wave season. Even without a global pandemic,... Read More

Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
Mental Health
Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
2020-07-01 14:50:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A psychologist and psychiatrist on Tuesday suggested Congress provide stronger federal intervention to prevent a mental health crisis during the coronavirus pandemic. They said suicides and substance abuse are on the upswing as Americans struggle with quarantines, social... Read More

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties
Health
Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties

WASHINGTON — Being black is bad for your health. And pervasive racism is the cause. That’s the conclusion of multiple public health studies over more than three decades. “We do know that health inequities at their very core are due... Read More

Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
Mental Health
Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
2020-06-17 15:49:20
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - New legislation filed in the House of Representatives would designate June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and all of June as National PTSI month. The resolution, along with its companion legislation in the Senate, seeks... Read More

Poll: Americans Are The Unhappiest They've Been in 50 Years
Opinion Polls
Poll: Americans Are The Unhappiest They've Been in 50 Years

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Spoiler alert: 2020 has been rough on the American psyche. Folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they've been in nearly 50 years. This bold — yet unsurprising — conclusion comes from the COVID... Read More

Trump Says Return of Sports Essential for Country’s ‘Psyche’
Mental Health
Trump Says Return of Sports Essential for Country’s ‘Psyche’

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump said that the return of professional sports was essential for the “psyche of our country” as it rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic. The president promised robust virus testing for athletes and spectators as he called into... Read More

Fear, Isolation, Depression: The Mental Health Fallout of a Worldwide Pandemic
Mental Health
Fear, Isolation, Depression: The Mental Health Fallout of a Worldwide Pandemic

WASHINGTON — At Provident Behavioral Health in St. Louis, people who called the helpline at the beginning of the pandemic were fearful, even panicked. “Nearly everyone expressed fear. Fear of catching the virus, fear of the future, fear of the... Read More

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