Strength Training May Improve Mental Health
Mental Health
Strength Training May Improve Mental Health
2024-05-22 16:57:56
by Jesse Zucker

WASHINGTON — Do you generally feel good after exercise? It has been well-documented that getting regular physical activity may improve mental health and help decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, but how does it work? Most research focuses on how... Read More

White House Holds Roundtable on Black Men’s Mental Health
Mental Health
White House Holds Roundtable on Black Men’s Mental Health
2024-03-26 19:23:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The White House Office of Public Engagement last week convened a roundtable on the administration’s efforts to support Black men’s mental health. The event was moderated by Charisse Jones of USA Today, and featured actors Courtney B. Vance... Read More

NYC to Invest $8M in ‘Substance Use’ Clinic for Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Mental Health
NYC to Invest $8M in ‘Substance Use’ Clinic for Pregnant and Postpartum Women
2024-03-26 17:02:12
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK — The city of New York announced Tuesday that it is investing $8 million in a new health and substance use disorder clinic specifically to provide care to pregnant and postpartum women and their families. Mayor Eric Adams... Read More

The Impact of Human Connection on Your Health
Health
The Impact of Human Connection on Your Health
2024-02-20 14:00:59
by Jesse Zucker

WASHINGTON —  As we trudge through the winter, months of cold and dreary weather may sap our desire to go outside and socialize. While it’s normal to isolate sometimes, chronic isolation can increase loneliness and be detrimental to your mental... Read More

Advice on How to Start the New Year With Greater Mental Resilience
Mental Health
Advice on How to Start the New Year With Greater Mental Resilience
2024-01-03 15:54:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Scan the internet or magazine racks or even your local newspaper this time of year and you’ll find ample advice on how to start the new year off happier and healthier. For most of us, these articles make... Read More

House Unanimously Passes Bill to Increase Mental Health Resources for Veterans’ Caregivers
Mental Health
House Unanimously Passes Bill to Increase Mental Health Resources for Veterans’ Caregivers
2023-12-06 22:38:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House on Monday unanimously passed the Caregiver Outreach and Program Enhancement Act, which would increase mental health resources available to caregivers of America’s veteran population. Alternately known as the COPE Act, the bipartisan legislation sponsored by Reps.... Read More

Dr. Ruth Named NY’s First Ambassador to Loneliness
Mental Health
Dr. Ruth Named NY’s First Ambassador to Loneliness
2023-11-15 21:00:41
by Dan McCue

ALBANY, N.Y. — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the iconic media personality who rocketed to fame as the nation’s sex therapist in the 1980s, now has a new title to add to her resume: She’s now New York’s — and by extension,... Read More

Exercise and Nutrition Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Mental Health
Exercise and Nutrition Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder
2023-11-07 21:15:52
by Jesse Zucker

WASHINGTON — Welcome to November. We’re well into autumn and it’s time to “fall back” — daylight saving time has ended, there’s plenty of beauty to see and holidays to look forward to. But as the weather gets colder and... Read More

Whistleblower Says Meta Execs Knew Social Media Can Harm Kids
Mental Health
Whistleblower Says Meta Execs Knew Social Media Can Harm Kids
2023-11-07 21:13:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A whistleblower former employee of Meta Platforms Inc. told a Senate panel Tuesday that top executives of the social media giant knew their Facebook platform harmed young people but covered it up to avoid interfering with their profits.... Read More

Try Yoga to Reduce Stress and Improve Health
Mental Health
Try Yoga to Reduce Stress and Improve Health
2023-10-04 18:19:25
by Jesse Zucker

WASHINGTON — In today’s world, we’re busier and more worried than ever. Work is demanding, new health crises are arising and we have a constant influx of information about everything on our phones.  Our brains are overloaded and we never... Read More

Rep. Adam Smith Reveals His Mental Health Journey
Mental Health
Rep. Adam Smith Reveals His Mental Health Journey
2023-07-26 15:19:05
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — “If I believe in just one thing, it is the ability of human beings to adapt, learn and get better,” Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., told attendees at a Brookings Institution event this week as he detailed his mental... Read More

Newsom Calls for $5B Bond Vote to Revamp California Mental Health Care
In The States
Newsom Calls for $5B Bond Vote to Revamp California Mental Health Care
2023-06-21 18:39:18
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday threw his support behind two bills currently in the state Legislature that would increase the number of treatment beds available to homeless people with mental illness and substance abuse issues and... Read More

Oklahoma Gov. Vetoes Bill Aimed at Boosting Mental Health Treatment in Jails
Mental Health
Oklahoma Gov. Vetoes Bill Aimed at Boosting Mental Health Treatment in Jails
2023-06-21 18:33:42
by Dan McCue

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A bill intended to help restore the competency of jailed individuals with mental health issues so they can stand trial has been vetoed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Specifically, the legislation sponsored by Republican State Sen.... Read More

Large Number of Rural Transgender Adults Feel They Lack Family Support
Mental Health
Large Number of Rural Transgender Adults Feel They Lack Family Support
2023-06-07 19:54:47
by Dan McCue

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Transgender adults living in rural communities are far less likely to feel they get the familial support they need than those living in urban settings or so-called cisgender adults, those who identify with the sex registered for... Read More

Surgeon General Warns Social Media Poses ‘Profound Risk’ to Young People
Mental Health
Surgeon General Warns Social Media Poses ‘Profound Risk’ to Young People
2023-05-24 17:48:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — While social media use may be beneficial to some people, the U.S. surgeon general warned Tuesday that not enough is being done to fully understand or address the likely harm it does to the mental health and well-being... Read More

Ashley Judd to Talk Privacy, Reporting on Suicide at National Press Club
Mental Health
Ashley Judd to Talk Privacy, Reporting on Suicide at National Press Club
2023-05-03 14:42:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Actor and social justice advocate Ashley Judd will speak at the National Press Club on Tuesday, May 9, on the current state of privacy law and the need for more responsible and respectful reporting on suicides. Judd’s mother,... Read More

Most Still Skittish About Discussing Mental Health at Work
Mental Health
Most Still Skittish About Discussing Mental Health at Work
2023-04-25 20:38:39
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas — Despite the fact over half of all Americans have taken a “mental health day” off from work, most say they don’t admit it and are concerned their employers don’t do enough to support their mental well-being, according... Read More

Research Shows Kids Need Play for Their Mental Health
Mental Health
Research Shows Kids Need Play for Their Mental Health
2023-04-05 21:36:03
by Claire Cleveland

WASHINGTON — In 2021, the United States declared child and adolescent mental health a national emergency. COVID-19 was a factor, but a decline in mental health had been documented for at least a decade. In 2018, suicide was the second... Read More

Gonzalez Nets $2.2M in Grants for University Mental Health
Education
Gonzalez Nets $2.2M in Grants for University Mental Health
2023-04-03 20:51:27
by Dan McCue

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, announced this week that the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, will receive two grants, worth $2,238,994, over a period of five years to train school-based mental health service providers. The grants, which... Read More

‘Ted Lasso,’ Mental Health Share Center Stage at White House
Mental Health
‘Ted Lasso,’ Mental Health Share Center Stage at White House
2023-03-20 13:47:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden are teaming up with Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” on Monday to highlight “the importance of addressing your mental health to promote overall well-being.” The first couple hosted actor Jason... Read More

Fetterman Checks Into Walter Reed for Treatment of Clinical Depression
U.S. Senate
Fetterman Checks Into Walter Reed for Treatment of Clinical Depression
2023-02-16 21:38:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., checked himself into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Wednesday night to receive treatment for clinical depression, his office said Thursday. The senator, who suffered a near-fatal stroke while... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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