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Life Inside Alabama’s Sadistic Christian Bootcamp

Today, in the United States, there is a multibillion-dollar industry for residential treatment—one that sells an illusory promise to desperate parents: Your children’s addictions and mental health problems can be cured with a relatively quick (and usually expensive) fix.

March 2, 2017
Demonstrators hold signs of Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman, both of whom died in custody, during a rally against police violence in New York

811 People Have Died in Jail Since Sandra Bland Became National News

In the year since Bland’s case, 811 people have died in U.S. jails. Many of those cases resemble Bland’s, with poor oversight and general disregard for arrestees’ health—particularly their mental state—creating frightening, desperate conditions for inmates that, in too many incidents, have yielded tragic results.

July 15, 2016

Are You Happy, And How Would You Know?

It may be ultimately pointless to ask, “Will we ever find happiness?” We just have to learn to be happy without it.

November 24, 2015

Are Procrastinators Poor Planners Or Victims Of Overwork?

Better time management is not the fix for procrastinators. Emotional regulation is. Unfortunately, coping mechanisms don’t exactly come in a pill.

November 3, 2015
Officers Joan Glover Straughter and Dondrell Harris pose for a portrait on Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. The two St. Louis police officers are being honored and called heroes for an incident in 2013 when they stopped a would-be robber in a restaurant full of people. The two officers were working a secondary job when an armed man came into the restaurant and pointed a gun at them. Straughter was forced to shoot the robber when he refused to put the gun down. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Police Reaching Out To Colleagues With Fragile Mental Health

Poor mental health cannot be an excuse for misconduct, and especially with increased scrutiny on police officers’ actions, some departments are looking into ways to treat their own.

October 6, 2015
Agents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office (HHS) of the Inspector General are pictured during a morning briefing in this undated photograph provided on April 28, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General/Handout via Reuters

Banned Medicaid Providers Still Participate In Some States, Report Says

New Mexico and Massachusetts lead the list of states with the most terminated providers still participating in the program.

August 5, 2015

Meditate For Success

Suppose meditation helps us better focus our attention. Wouldn’t that make us more useful worker bees?

June 25, 2015
Daivion Davis sits in his apartment on May 7, 2015 in Los Angeles. Davis, 21, just got out of prison, where he went to solitary confinement more than three dozen times while he was serving time for murder. There is currently a bill in Sacramento to ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Time/TNS)

Looking To End Time In ‘The Box’ For Youthful Offenders

Juvenile and mental health advocates and officials nationwide have long debated whether placing young inmates like Davis in “the box,” or any form of solitary confinement, does more harm than good.

June 1, 2015
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Shelter From The Storm: Homelessness At Its Worst Since The Depression

The scale of the homeless population is so massive it’s difficult to visualize. And from coast to coast, it’s getting worse.

May 12, 2015

On The Front Lines Of PTSD Research

Picture a trauma victim, someone who has endured a gunshot wound, a car crash or an industrial accident, a person whose body is broken and is rushed into surgery to be mended by physicians racing against the clock.

April 13, 2015

Nearly 9 Percent Of Americans Are Angry, Impulsive, And Have A Gun, Study Says

What’s more, 1.5 percent of people who have these anger issues carry their guns outside the home. Tread lightly.

April 9, 2015

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

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

Mental Disability Is Not A Fad

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

February 4, 2015

Some States Retreat On Mental Health Funding

Many red states have significantly slashed their mental health budgets.

December 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’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

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