- San Diego residents mull suicide barrier on iconic bridge Updated: Aug-01-15 5:22 pm
SAN DIEGO - A group of San Diego residents is studying the feasibility of adding a barrier to the city's iconic Coronado Bridge to prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
- Suicide spike boosts oversight of California women's prison Updated: Aug-01-15 12:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase.
- Texas trooper's boss says he had reason to stop Sandra Bland Updated: Jul-30-15 8:04 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The top boss over the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland said there was reason to pull her over for failing to signal a lane change and told lawmakers Thursday that the trooper remains on the state payroll because the investigation is still playing out.
- Hawaii County sees most suicides in state Updated: Jul-30-15 2:38 pm
HILO, Hawaii - Suicide has surpassed traffic fatalities as the number one cause of death in Hawaii and Hawaii County is seeing the most instances in the state.
- Judge denies appeal of condition for using pot for PTSD Updated: Jul-30-15 1:50 pm
PHOENIX - Medical marijuana advocates have lost a court challenge to conditions set by Arizona health officials for post-traumatic stress sufferers seeking to qualify for treatment.
- Study: Sandy's impact takes toll on residents' mental health Updated: Jul-30-15 6:44 am
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey - A new study says the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy are taking a toll on the mental health of New Jersey residents impacted by the storm.
- Lawsuit: Disabled defendants not getting timely treatment Updated: Jul-29-15 8:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - California officials are leaving mentally ill or disabled criminal defendants to languish in jail for months before getting them required treatment, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
- Panel finds that mental health system in Kansas inadequate Updated: Jul-28-15 11:13 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Treatment options for the mentally ill in Kansas are lacking because the two acute care psychiatric hospitals in the state lack space and smaller mental health facilities are underfunded, according to a special state task force.
- Theater shooting: No red flags reported at time of gun sale Updated: Jul-28-15 5:23 am
CARROLLTON, Georgia - John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised at the time of sale.
- House backs bill to help vets who've suffered sexual assault Updated: Jul-27-15 8:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Veterans who suffered sexual assault or other sexual abuse while in uniform would get help more easily from the Department of Veterans Affairs under a bill approved Monday by the House.
- Mental health experts respond carefully to mass killings Updated: Jul-27-15 11:43 am
Each time mental illness is cited as a possible factor in a high-profile mass killing, there's a collective sigh among mental health professionals. Even as they see an opportunity for serious discussions of problems and remedies, they also worry about setbacks to efforts to destigmatize mental illness.
- DeSoto to provide mental health program Updated: Jul-23-15 4:38 pm
HERNANDO, Mississippi - DeSoto County is receiving $3.9 million for a four-year program to provide mental health services for youth.
- Los Angeles DA recommends diverting mentally ill from jail Updated: Jul-23-15 12:05 pm
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey is presenting a plan to divert low-level mentally ill offenders from jail and toward treatment.
- State appeals order to pay $1.3 million in competency case Updated: Jul-22-15 12:20 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state health officials are appealing a federal court order to pay $1.3 million in attorney's fees to lawyers of mentally ill defendants who sued the state for warehousing them in jails.
- Acupuncture helps those with addiction, mental illness Updated: Jul-18-15 9:02 am
DOVER, Delaware - Sometimes it's hard for Sandra Bauer to stop shaking.
- Olympia vets: Switch from pharmaceuticals to pot Updated: Jul-18-15 4:05 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - Andrew Collins no longer has a cocktail of 17 prescriptions coursing through his body.
- Kansas mental health panel contemplating expanded Medicaid Updated: Jul-17-15 4:03 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A committee appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to examine the state's behavioral health system is leaning toward a recommending that Kansas explore Medicaid expansion.
- Miami-Dade judge gets award for mental illness programs Updated: Jul-17-15 4:38 am
MIAMI - A Miami-Dade County judge has won state Supreme Court recognition for creating programs that have kept thousands of mentally ill people out of jail and into treatment.
- Lawmakers try to tackle mental health, drug treatment Updated: Jul-16-15 7:37 pm
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - New Mexico lawmakers are looking at better ways to treat people suffering from both mental illnesses and drug addictions.
- Pot-pioneering Colorado rejects marijuana as PTSD treatment Updated: Jul-16-15 11:11 am
DENVER - Colorado is known for pushing boundaries on marijuana, but health officials' decision to reject pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder shows the issue is far from settled.
- UAB opening mental health clinic for LGBT community Updated: Jul-16-15 7:22 am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The University of Alabama at Birmingham is opening a mental health and wellness center to serve the local LGBT community.
- New program puts military liaisons at mental health centers Updated: Jul-15-15 3:11 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Each of New Hampshire's 10 community mental health centers will have a staff member devoted to helping veterans, military service members and their families connect with other community resources under a first-of-its-kind initiative being launched by the state's Department of Health and Human Services.
- Gunman pleads guilty but mentally ill in hospital shootings Updated: Jul-15-15 10:31 am
MEDIA, Pennsylvania - A suburban Philadelphia man pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally shooting his caseworker and wounding his psychiatrist, who returned fire with his own gun to shoot the man and end the siege at a hospital complex last July.
- Lincoln building to be revamped into mental health center Updated: Jul-15-15 9:25 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The city-county Public Building Commission has approved a $3.87 million bid to renovate the Benesch Building in Lincoln to house the Mental Health Crisis Center.
- Colorado lawmakers study school violence, mental health Updated: Jul-14-15 5:46 pm
DENVER - A legislative panel looking at how to prevent school violence in Colorado started work Tuesday by hearing alarming data about rates of depression among teenage students.