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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County resident Dr. Todd Fredricks is a jack of all trades. He’s taught family medicine at Ohio University for nearly a decade. For even longer, he’s dedicated himself to serving his community. He’s worked in emergency rooms, urgent cares and most recently as a psychiatric hospitalist for the Ohio Department… Read More
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Going to the hospital is often the best option when you have a health emergency, but when it comes to a mental health crisis this can bring more harm than good. Starting this summer in Athens, people with mental health emergencies will not automatically be taken to a hospital, which has been… Read More
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Going to the hospital is often the best option when you have a health emergency, but when it comes to a mental health crisis this can bring more harm than good. Starting this summer in Athens, people with mental health emergencies will not automatically be taken to a hospital, which has… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The opioids crisis that has taken hundreds of thousands of American lives has received less attention in the pandemic, but drug overdoses and deaths have grown during the last year. Now, one of the world’s most powerful corporate consulting firms has agreed to a major settlement for its role in the sale… Read More
FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released drug overdose death data last December, it warned about the impacts the ongoing pandemic has had on the addiction crisis. “The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard,” CDC Director Dr. Robert… Read More
LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Since 2012, the 2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment has served people in Lexington, Kentucky. The office sits on a busy street on the city’s north side. Similar to the heavy traffic that passes by, clients seeking treatment for substance and opioid use disorders steadily stream in and out of the… Read More
LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. is the father of two daughters and lives in Lexington. He’s a carpenter and owns a small construction company. More than 15 years ago, Terrance walked into his first Narcotics Anonymous meeting at age 27. He spoke to the Ohio Valley ReSource about addiction, sobriety and how the COVID-19 pandemic… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. has been sober for more than 15 years and Narcotics Anonymous has been a big part of his recovery. He uses a pseudonym when speaking publicly about addiction and his work with NA. Terrance said the bonds the group has formed are very important, and they were forged through… Read More
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — New research shows that deaths due to the mix of substance use disorder and suicides known as “diseases of despair” declined slightly in 2018. But the mortality rates throughout the Ohio Valley and Appalachian region are still higher than the national average. A report from the Appalachian Regional Commission found that overall… Read More
President Trump has signed a bipartisan bill creating a three-digit hotline for mental health emergencies. Mental health advocates say it’ll bring mental health crisis response into the 21st century.
That’s a question that is fairly new to science. Researchers are now looking at the possible links.
A society that lives on constant connection and communication is still trying to cope with the restrictive regulations of COVID-19. This pandemic continues to evolve at a rapid pace and with the ever-increasing cases it has caused school closures, unemployment, and businesses to shut down, leaving many to question what to do and how to… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging Americans physically, financially and emotionally. With the dramatic and abrupt life changes the outbreak has caused, what can we do to prioritize our mental health? Dr. Sue Varma, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University, joins Amna Nawaz to answer viewer questions about sleep, anxiety,… Read More
Millions of Ohioans are staying home as ordered, as schools have closed, employers have ordered them to work remotely and entertainment options have been shut down. And hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as businesses shuttered – perhaps temporarily or maybe permanently. All of these sudden changes are having an impact on Ohioans who… Read More
Federal law mandates insurers treat mental health services like they would physical health care. But the sponsors of a new bill in the Ohio Legislature say that’s not happening. Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) says insurance companies are finding ways to get around the federal law that mandates they cover mental and behavioral health and… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Department of Health says the number of suicides in Ohio increased 45% from 2007 to 2018 and by more than half for young people. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine responded to Wednesday’s report by saying his RecoveryOhio initiative seeks to address mental illness and issues leading to suicide. Findings in… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio bill that would require public middle and high school students to take an annual class in suicide and violence prevention training is headed to the state Senate. The bill passed this week by the Ohio House also would require every public school to have a student led anti-violence club… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to address gun violence in the state following the recent mass shooting includes freeing up space at state psychiatric hospitals for people threatening violence or suicide. The Republican governor called on lawmakers to create a process that would allow courts to send people who are… Read More
New treatment guidelines don’t assuage concerns that some children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are being prescribed medication too soon, before behavioral interventions are tried.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Disability rights advocates in West Virginia say patients who are sent to state-run psychiatric hospitals after being found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental illness are being held for years after they are well. The Register-Herald reports the problem was discovered after Sharpe Hospital in Weston lost permission to accept… Read More
The current suicide hotline — 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255 — has helped many people. But it’s long and tough to remember in a crisis. The FCC is proposing a new national, three-digit number.
What’s the link between smartphone use and teens’ mental health? Experts disagree, with some arguing that the threat is overblown.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine says a pediatric mental health summit to help the state’s communities provide mental health support to children across the state is set for Ohio. DeWine said Thursday that after Dayton’s mass shooting and this spring’s tornadoes, children in western Ohio’s Miami Valley region are dealing with “more trauma… Read More
Unfortunately it may not be a coincidence that several mass shooting incidents took place in one week. Research shows perpetrators are often inspired by media coverage of other shootings.
Dr. Patrice Harris took the oath in June to become the first African-American woman to serve as president of the powerful American Medical Association, the largest professional association for physicians in the United States. Harris also brings another unique perspective to the job as someone who grew up in rural Appalachia. “I was born and raised in Bluefield,… Read More