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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
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia has agreed to expand mental health services for children to resolve a federal investigation that found the state unnecessarily institutionalized kids with emotional or behavioral disorders. Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice and West Virginia announced the agreement Tuesday at a news conference. The deal requires the state… Read More
Scientists are learning how the party drug ketamine relieves depression so quickly — and why its effects fade over time.
Deep brain stimulation offers relief from some neurological problems and is being tested for mood disorders. But the treatment — an implant in the brain — raises ethical questions.
Gillette, Wyoming, isn’t the kind of place you just happen to come across. “It’s about a four hour drive through vast, unimpacted, wide, sweeping plains,” said Matt Gray, a professor at University of Wyoming in Laramie, explaining the trek from his office to his clients. Plains, he said, “and lots and lots of antelope.” For… Read More
What will the next year bring? We asked experts for their forecasts on humanitarian aid, the refugee crisis, global health and other topics.
If you’ve spent time on social media, you’ve seen lots of pictures of people seemingly having a better time than you. They may be smiling, but they’re not necessarily happy. What are they telling us?
Research suggests the winter blues are triggered by specialized light-sensing cells in the retina that communicate directly with brain areas involved in mood.
New research highlights the link between childhood trauma and mental illness and addiction in adulthood, leading some researchers to call it an issue as pressing as any infectious disease.