Federal Funds Ramp Up to Support July Launch of 988 Crisis Line
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Federal Funds Ramp Up to Support July Launch of 988 Crisis Line
2022-03-24 13:03:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Biden administration is requesting $700 million to launch the new 988 line for those in a mental health crisis, by July 16, 2022. “There’s a level of excitement because 988 is a chance to improve mental health care services... Read More

Mental Health
Biden Announces Unity Agenda for Tackling America's Mental Health Crisis
2022-03-02 16:48:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Biden touched on how the pandemic has increased the mental health challenges Americans face, as disruptions in routines and relationships have led to increases in social isolation.  “Let’s... Read More

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Mental Health Issues
2022-02-23 18:37:09
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a meeting on Feb. 17 to discuss efforts to address the mental health needs of Americans, particularly children, after data collected during the pandemic revealed sharp increases... Read More

Mental Health
Momentum Builds for Federal Package to Address Growing Mental Health Crisis in Children
2022-02-02 17:08:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — Claire Rhyneer, a mental health youth advocate from Anchorage, Alaska, was a student in middle school when she began to experience a difficult and dark period of depression and self-harm.  “I’m more than an anecdote … I need... Read More

Mental Health
Return to Work Associated With Improved Mental Health in Cancer Survivors
2022-01-19 16:47:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — Kelli Ahnen, a 63-year-old former nursery manager and cancer survivor, found returning to work after a battle with breast cancer improved the quality of her mental health.  “I went back to work and it helped. It took my... Read More

Mental Health
Researchers Find That a Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Mood Disorders
2021-12-02 13:39:56
by Alexa Hornbeck

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine completed a recent study on how blood biomarkers can help diagnose and treat mood disorders. “The tests are now being made available to interested doctors through a company I co-founded, called MindX... Read More

Murray Moves to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent
2021-11-08 19:05:11
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — During a floor speech last week, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., urged the Senate to pass legislation which would eliminate the “fall back” of daylight savings time which happens each November.  “Beyond convenience, this really is a matter of... Read More

Mental Health
How Horror Films Help Individuals Cope With Scary Situations
2021-10-27 16:16:07
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — A study funded by the Research Program for Media, Communication, and Society at the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University in Denmark reveals how watching horror films may have helped individuals cope and prepare for the... Read More

Mental Health Practices Are Changing in Work Places
2021-10-06 21:02:34
by Alexa Hornbeck

A new report from Mind Share Partners, a non-profit changing the culture of workplace mental health, finds that there has been an increase in employees leaving jobs for mental health reasons, and companies are taking new steps to address employee's... Read More

Study: Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Can Improve Mental Health
2021-09-15 15:29:51
by Alexa Hornbeck

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A year-long study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California finds that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can actually improve mental health. “We were interested to see what the short-term effects of getting a COVID-19... Read More

Mental Health
Police Reform Law Creates Issues for Officers Responding to Mental Health Calls
2021-09-13 16:01:53
by Alexa Hornbeck

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo from the attorney general’s office.  “Recently, certain law enforcement agencies may have expressed concerns that House Bill 1310 limits when... Read More

Mental Health
Dealing With Mental Health Crisis One Zoom Call at a Time

CHICAGO (AP) — The sergeant had so little use for the tablet that she did not bother to grab it from the seat of her squad car when she ran into the house where a suicidal man was screaming and... Read More

Brown University Denies Readmission to Dozens of Students on Mental Health Leave
2021-08-17 13:59:14
by Alexa Hornbeck

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island recently announced a settlement agreement with Brown University, which denied readmissions to undergraduate students taking medical leave for mental health. “The settlement should not be... Read More

Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
2021-07-06 13:42:05
by Alexa Hornbeck

The hashtag “#freebritney” has recently been flooding social media channels after the pop sensation claimed her 2008 court-mandated conservatorship withheld her from removing her intrauterine device, hindering her ability to reproduce, an issue which has been at the heart of... Read More

Mental Health
Need a Mental Health Boost? The Refrigerator Might Help
2021-05-26 23:40:02
by TWN Staff

Although mental health concerns have continued for many people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there could be a helping hand as close as the refrigerator. Annalisa Freire, a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Intermountain Spanish Fork Hospital, explained that studies show... Read More

Mental Health
Uptick in Mental Health Problems Prompts Calls for Crisis Intervention
2021-05-14 14:00:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Incidents the past few days in New York City demonstrate why a congressional subcommittee met Thursday to discuss “a national mental health crisis.” Last week, an emotionally disturbed man barricaded himself in a subway motorman’s car, shutting down... Read More

Mental Health
Mental Health Experts Say COVID-19 Is Creating Casualties of Depression
2021-04-29 13:19:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Mental health experts are warning that although the COVID-19 pandemic might be subsiding in the United States, it is leaving a legacy of depression and addiction that will linger long after the virus. Now lawmakers are grappling for... Read More

Think Tanks
BPC Report Shows How Mental Health Can Become Part of Primary Health Care
2021-04-02 13:54:04
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Bipartisan Policy Center recently released a comprehensive report outlining legislative and regulatory changes that need to be made in order to make mental health a part of Americans’ primary health care experience.  In conjunction with the report’s... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy

It’s official: Americans are dying much sooner in life. Preliminary signals of declining health were neither a false alarm nor a statistical fluke. A reversal of American life expectancy, a downward trend that has now been sustained for three years... Read More

Mental Health
Bipartisan Legislation Will Assist Farmers and Rural Communities Tackle Mental Health Issues
2019-10-24 20:15:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of House members are fighting to increase mental health care options to address the growing rate of suicide in rural America. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, led a bipartisan... Read More

State News
Connecticut Governor Signs Budget, Closing Deficit Without Hiking Tax Rates
2019-07-12 14:26:42
by Elin Johnson

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the state's new spending plan this week, a plan that closes the $3.7 billion deficit he inherited when he took office in January without raising taxes. “For years, instability in the state’s finances has resulted... Read More

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