Saturday, March 28, 2015
mental health
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For Those With Dementia, ‘Springing’ Power Of Attorney Debated

When someone who is usually prompt about handling finances starts forgetting to pay bills, it’s a common warning sign of the beginning stages of dementia.

March 16, 2015
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Nine Nutrients That Boost Brain Help

New research shows that nutrition has just as vital a role to play in mental health as it does in physical health.

February 18, 2015
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Mental Disability Is Not A Fad

Fox News and the right are dead wrong about mental health.

February 4, 2015
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Some States Retreat On Mental Health Funding

Many red states have significantly slashed their mental health budgets.

December 16, 2014
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Texas Prepares To Execute Schizophrenic Inmate Despite Call For Clemency

A man with clear mental health problems is the 11th person to be executed in the state of Texas this year.

November 24, 2014
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Most Recent School Shooting Shows Need To Reach Troubled Teens Online

Researchers and organizations are targeting social media sites as possible points of outreach for troubled teens.

November 5, 2014
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School District Was Discussing Mental-Health Funding On Day Of Shooting

The day of the shootings at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Superintendent Becky Berg was discussing a $10 million grant for mental health services in her school’s district.

November 3, 2014

Study: IQ, Exposure To Violence Could Predict Which Kids Will Commit Murder

Scientists have found two factors that could help predict who is more likely to commit murder.

October 20, 2014
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With Gun In The Mix, Mental Illness Turns To Tragedy

Congress may have given up on gun reform — but it’s still desperately needed.

October 14, 2014
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Blood Test For Depression Devised At Northwestern

By Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — A group of Northwestern University professors and researchers has developed a blood test to diagnose depression in adults, the school revealed in a study set to be published Tuesday. But the discovery does not mean the test can be offered to the public just yet, officials said. Depression […]

September 16, 2014
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G.I. Joe Photo Exhibit Brings To Life Real Plight Of Struggling Veterans

By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif — These are no ordinary Joes. At first glance, the G.I. Joe action figures who are the subjects of a stark photo exhibit on display at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library look disturbingly real. And that’s precisely the point. Mark Pinto hopes the […]

September 16, 2014
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Student Suicide: School Says Bullying Policy ‘Fully Enforced’

By Tiffany Walden, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — The parents of a boy who killed himself at school last week held an emotional news conference Monday to speak about ongoing bullying before their son’s death. Hours later, school officials released a statement addressing the allegations. Lamar Hawkins, 14, fatally shot himself Wednesday at Greenwood Lakes […]

September 15, 2014
Robin Williams

Robin Williams’s Ashes Scattered In San Francisco Bay — Reports

Los Angeles (AFP) — The cremated remains of Hollywood actor Robin Williams, found dead on August 11 after an apparent suicide, were spread in San Francisco Bay, U.S. news media reports. According to Williams’s death certificate, published by the celebrity gossip site Radar Online, Williams was cremated on August 12, one day after his personal […]

August 22, 2014
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Suitcase Slaying: Police Files Show Daughter Abused Late Mother Repeatedly

By Matthew Walberg, Chicago Tribune In the years before she would be implicated in the beating death of her mother on the resort island of Bali, Heather Mack was accused of locking her mother in a closet, stealing thousands of dollars from her, punching and biting her repeatedly, and once pushing her to the ground […]

August 19, 2014
Robin Williams

Robin Williams Was In Early Stages Of Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Says

By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times Robin Williams, who was found dead from an apparent suicide earlier this week, was battling the “early stages” of Parkinson’s disease at the time, his wife said in statement Thursday. Susan Schneider also said Williams’ sobriety was intact as “he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as […]

August 14, 2014
Robin Williams

Robin Williams’ Death Makes Public The Usually Private Agony Of Suicide

By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Anytime someone takes their own life, a circle of heartbroken family and friends are left struggling with a question of haunting simplicity: Why? Now, in the wake of the news that comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at age 63, an entire world linked by […]

August 13, 2014
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Robin Williams Hanged Himself In Bedroom With A Belt, Sheriff Says

By James Queally, Los Angeles Times Actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself after first apparently trying to slash one of his wrists, authorities said Tuesday. Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams hanged himself with a belt in his bedroom, where he was found by his personal assistant shortly before […]

August 12, 2014
Robin Williams

Tributes For Robin Williams After Apparent Suicide

By Veronique Dupont Los Angeles (AFP) — Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation, and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the […]

August 12, 2014
George Washington Bridge

Port Taking Steps To Thwart GWB Jumpers

By Christopher Maag, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) HACKENSACK, N.J. — Of the dead we know so little. Their names, usually. The clothes they wore. That they lost hope, and where. Richard Elliot Stone was one of the latest; he jumped off the George Washington Bridge on July 20, just before sunset. We know he wore […]

July 30, 2014

VA Audit Tracks Mental Health Care

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times DURHAM, N.C. — Andrew Danecki, a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, suffers from sleep apnea that left him nodding off on the sofa and behind the wheel of his car. He said he waited eight months to get a sleep study performed at the Durham VA […]

June 18, 2014

Risk Of Depression Is Nearly Twice As High For Unemployed Americans

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Unemployment takes a significant toll on the mental health of workers, especially those who have been out of their jobs for at least 27 weeks — what the Bureau of Labor Statistics considers the “long-term unemployed.” The longer a person has been out of work, the greater the chances […]

June 9, 2014
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There Were Clues To Elliot Rodger’s State Of Mind, But Not Enough To Act On

By Scott Gold, Abby Sewell and Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times ISLA VISTA, Calif. — Elliot Rodger enjoyed sunsets, mountain vistas, retro pop music. He said it time and again: The world was a magical, beautiful place, but only in stark contrast to his small, pitiful life. “No friends,” he said one day this spring, […]

May 26, 2014
U.S. Congress

Bill To Overhaul Mental Healthcare Draws Praise And Criticism

By Stacey Burling, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — A Pittsburgh congressman who is also a clinical psychologist is pushing an ambitious overhaul of the country’s mental healthcare that is winning praise for its breadth — but also criticism from patient advocates who fear it would erode the rights of the mentally ill. Rep. Tim Murphy’s […]

May 7, 2014
Chicago Gang Shooting

Mental-Health Services Seen As Key To Stopping School Violence

By Mary Niederberger, Rich Lord and Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PITTSBURGH — Teaching students alternatives to violence and improving their access to mental-health services are among the best ideas officials say they have for preventing the kind of bloodshed that has struck a long list of schools, including Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. But […]

April 11, 2014
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Fort Hood Shooting Focuses Attention On Military Mental Health

By Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — As the second-highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Army, retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli was briefed on all soldiers who killed themselves during the military’s burgeoning suicide crisis between 2008 and 2012. With numbing regularity, mental health professionals made notes indicating that the troubled soldiers weren’t a threat to themselves […]

April 9, 2014