Mental Health

2023-02-01 16:07:49
by Eden Metzger
Hawaii Senator Seeks to Crack Down on Sex Traffickers

HONOLULU — Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, is continuing to press law enforcement and other officials to stem the rising tide... Read More

HONOLULU — Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, is continuing to press law enforcement and other officials to stem the rising tide of gender-based violence and sex-trafficking involving Native Hawaiian women and girls. Recently she traveled back to the big island from... Read More

2023-01-18 20:44:47
by TWN Staff
Winter Has Consumers Reaching for Melatonin, Other Sleep Aids

WASHINGTON — Web searches for melatonin are up about 36%, suggesting sleep may be harder to come by during the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Web searches for melatonin are up about 36%, suggesting sleep may be harder to come by during the winter months, a new survey from the Sleep Foundation says. The D.C.-based foundation recently analyzed about 18 years of data... Read More

2023-01-18 20:25:30
by Dan McCue
HHS Steps Up Effort to Reduce Antipsychotic Med Abuse in Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services announced new steps on Wednesday aimed at reducing the inappropriate use... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services announced new steps on Wednesday aimed at reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes. “No nursing home resident should be improperly diagnosed with schizophrenia or given an inappropriate... Read More

2023-01-17 17:02:18
by Kate Michael
Student Mental Health Surveys Forecast College Retention Troubles

WASHINGTON — Perhaps the highest percentage to date — 76% — of undergraduate college students surveyed in a 2021 Gallup... Read More

WASHINGTON — Perhaps the highest percentage to date — 76% — of undergraduate college students surveyed in a 2021 Gallup poll suggested that they have considered dropping out of college due to mental health concerns. This statistic was recently shared... Read More

2023-01-10 20:38:01
by Dan McCue
NY Governor Unveils Far-Reaching Plan to Address Mental Illness

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul used her first State of the State address since being elected to... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul used her first State of the State address since being elected to a full four-year term in November 2022 to vow to dramatically change the state’s approach to dealing with mental health... Read More

2022-12-14 21:00:32
by TWN Staff
Los Angeles Declares Homelessness Emergency

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously ratified newly sworn-in Mayor Karen Bass’ declaration of an emergency in regard... Read More

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously ratified newly sworn-in Mayor Karen Bass’ declaration of an emergency in regard to homelessness. Bass began her first day in office by declaring a state of emergency, vowing to move swiftly to... Read More

2022-12-14 18:37:34
by Dan McCue
Exercise, Mindfulness Training Found Not to Boost Cognitive Performance in Older Adults

ST. LOUIS — Exercise and mindfulness training under the supervision of coaches may have a wealth of benefits, but according... Read More

ST. LOUIS — Exercise and mindfulness training under the supervision of coaches may have a wealth of benefits, but according to a new study, boosting cognitive performance isn’t one of them. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.... Read More

2022-12-07 16:53:37
by TWN Staff
Alcohol-Involved Suicides Have Increased Significantly Among Women

WASHINGTON — Suicide deaths involving heavy alcohol use have increased significantly among women in recent years, according to a new... Read More

WASHINGTON — Suicide deaths involving heavy alcohol use have increased significantly among women in recent years, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Previous research has shown that alcohol is a risk... Read More

2022-12-07 16:39:41
by Dan McCue
Heart Medication Shows Potential as Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

WASHINGTON – A medication for heart problems and high blood pressure may also be effective for treating alcohol use disorder,... Read More

WASHINGTON – A medication for heart problems and high blood pressure may also be effective for treating alcohol use disorder, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and their colleagues. The study presents converging... Read More

2022-12-07 16:20:46
by Dan McCue
Southern States Rank Among Nation’s Most Stressed in New Survey

PHUKET, Thailand — Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina ranked among the nation’s most stressed states, according to a new study... Read More

PHUKET, Thailand — Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina ranked among the nation’s most stressed states, according to a new study conducted by addiction specialists at Diamond Rehab Thailand, a luxury inpatient rehab center in Southeast Asia. For the purpose of... Read More

2022-12-07 16:02:47
by Dan McCue
More Than 50M Americans Experienced Mental Illness at Onset of Pandemic

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In 2019 and on into 2020, essentially the period covering the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, about... Read More

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In 2019 and on into 2020, essentially the period covering the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, about 21% of adults in the U.S. experienced some form of mental illness, according to the nonprofit Mental Health America. That... Read More

2022-11-30 16:51:08
by TWN Staff
Experimental Drug Appears to Slow Down Alzheimer’s Disease

An experimental drug that removes a substance called amyloid — a toxic protein — from the brain appears to slow... Read More

An experimental drug that removes a substance called amyloid — a toxic protein — from the brain appears to slow down Alzheimer's disease. The drug, lecanemab, reduced the rate of cognitive decline by 27% in a study of nearly 1,800... Read More

2022-11-30 16:29:25
by Dan McCue
HHS Proposes New Protections for Patients With Substance Use Challenges

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed changes to federal regulations governing the confidentiality of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed changes to federal regulations governing the confidentiality of medical records related to substance abuse disorders. According to department officials, the proposed changes to Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder... Read More

2022-11-30 16:24:04
by TWN Staff
Scholarship Program Created for Aspiring VA Mental Health Professionals

WASHINGTON — A new scholarship program has been established by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist individuals pursuing graduate... Read More

WASHINGTON — A new scholarship program has been established by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist individuals pursuing graduate degrees in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, or mental health counseling. The new initiative is called the Vet... Read More

Schools Struggle to Staff Up for Youth Mental Health Crisis

Mira Ugwuadu felt anxious and depressed when she returned to her high school in Cobb County, Georgia, last fall after... Read More

Mira Ugwuadu felt anxious and depressed when she returned to her high school in Cobb County, Georgia, last fall after months of remote learning, so she sought help. But her school counselor kept rescheduling their meetings because she had so... Read More

Michelle Obama Shares Personal Stories of Coping in New Book

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said she struggled with a “crushing sense of hopelessness” after the 2020 presidential election that was brought... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said she struggled with a “crushing sense of hopelessness” after the 2020 presidential election that was brought on by the death and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, a summer of political and racial unrest and the insurrection... Read More

2022-11-09 21:05:06
by Dan McCue
Half of Dentists Say Patients Are High at Dental Appointments

CHICAGO — A new survey from the American Dental Association has found that more than half of dentists — 52%... Read More

CHICAGO — A new survey from the American Dental Association has found that more than half of dentists — 52% — say patients are arriving for appointments high on cannabis or some other drug. Currently, recreational cannabis use is legal... Read More

2022-10-25 21:08:55
by TWN Staff
Video Gaming May Boost Better Cognitive Performance in Children

WASHINGTON — A study of nearly 2,000 children found that those who said they played video games for three hours... Read More

WASHINGTON — A study of nearly 2,000 children found that those who said they played video games for three hours or more a day performed better on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and working memory than their non-game playing... Read More

2022-10-25 20:55:21
by Dan McCue
Problem Solvers Endorse Bill Aimed at Improving Mental Health Care for Veterans

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus on Tuesday endorsed the VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act, a bipartisan... Read More

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus on Tuesday endorsed the VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at improving suicide prevention and mental health care for veterans. In 2019, there was an average of more... Read More

2022-10-18 21:52:38
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Makes Millions Available to Expand Mental Health Care

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will award millions of dollars in grants to expand all-hours mental health... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will award millions of dollars in grants to expand all-hours mental health and substance abuse care in more communities around the country. The new funding opportunity was authorized by the Bipartisan Safer... Read More

2022-10-14 15:57:49
by Dan McCue
HHS Encouraging Americans to Review Their Medicare Options During Open Enrollment

WASHINGTON — Medicare Open Enrollment begins on Saturday, Oct. 15, and officials with the Department of Health and Human Services... Read More

WASHINGTON — Medicare Open Enrollment begins on Saturday, Oct. 15, and officials with the Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging Medicare recipients to review and compare their options due to beneficial changes stemming from the passage of the... Read More

2022-10-10 20:50:40
by Dan McCue
Iowa Ag Chief Touts Success of Farmer Mental Health Program

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa farmers are reaping the benefits of a new mental health and wellness and stress assistance... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa farmers are reaping the benefits of a new mental health and wellness and stress assistance program, according to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. The program, Farm and Ranch Wellness: Meeting Local Needs, started in... Read More

As Suicides Rise, US Military Seeks to Address Mental Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — After finishing a tour in Afghanistan in 2013, Dionne Williamson felt emotionally numb. More warning signs appeared... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — After finishing a tour in Afghanistan in 2013, Dionne Williamson felt emotionally numb. More warning signs appeared during several years of subsequent overseas postings. “It’s like I lost me somewhere,” said Williamson, a Navy lieutenant commander who... Read More

2022-10-05 15:11:48
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Considers Exception to Veteran Disability Deadlines

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a Navy veteran seeking an exception... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a Navy veteran seeking an exception to the Department of Veterans Affairs post-service claims filing deadline. Adolfo Arellano served in the Navy from 1971 to 1981,... Read More

2022-10-03 21:26:24
by Dan McCue
9/11-Related Illness Deaths for FDNY Will Soon Surpass Deaths on Day of Attack

NEW YORK — Within the next year, the number of members of the New York City Fire Department who will... Read More

NEW YORK — Within the next year, the number of members of the New York City Fire Department who will have died from a 9/11-related illness will surpass the number of fire fighters and emergency medical technicians who died in... Read More

2022-09-28 19:32:36
by Dan McCue
Music Found to Bridge Divide Caused by Dementia

CHICAGO — Exposure to music from a dementia patient’s youth can create an emotional connection between patient and caregiver, according... Read More

CHICAGO — Exposure to music from a dementia patient’s youth can create an emotional connection between patient and caregiver, according to a new study. The findings suggest music can act as a bridge to interaction between caregivers and loved ones... Read More

2022-09-19 13:39:25
by Dan McCue
Increased Telehealth Use Appears to Have Reduced Risk of Opioid Overdose

ATLANTA — The increased use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have resulted in individuals with addiction... Read More

ATLANTA — The increased use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have resulted in individuals with addiction problems staying in treatment longer and reduced their likelihood of overdosing, according to a new study. The research was a... Read More

2022-09-19 13:08:27
by TWN Staff
Sports Medicine Academy Launches Updated Online Women’s Fitness Program

GILBERT, Ariz. — The National Academy of Sports Medicine has launched a new interactive program that aims to provide science-backed... Read More

GILBERT, Ariz. — The National Academy of Sports Medicine has launched a new interactive program that aims to provide science-backed and cutting-edge guidance on women’s health and fitness at each stage of life. The update to the Women’s Fitness Specialization... Read More

2022-09-14 19:06:13
by Dan McCue
HHS Approves Nation’s First Medicaid Mobile Crisis Intervention Program

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services has approved a first-of-its-kind proposal to cover community-based mobile crisis intervention... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services has approved a first-of-its-kind proposal to cover community-based mobile crisis intervention services in Medicaid.  The proposal originated with the Oregon Health Authority and with the department’s blessing, through the Centers for... Read More

2022-09-07 20:56:10
by Dan McCue
Psychedelic Drug Therapy May Help Treat Alcohol Addiction

NEW YORK — Two doses of psilocybin, a compound found in psychedelic mushrooms, reduces heavy drinking by 83% on average... Read More

NEW YORK — Two doses of psilocybin, a compound found in psychedelic mushrooms, reduces heavy drinking by 83% on average among heavy drinkers when combined with psychotherapy, a new study shows. Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine,... Read More

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