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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]