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Biden: Americans Are 'Really, Really Down'

In interview, president says recession isn't inevitable

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday that the American people are "really, really down" after a tumultuous two years that included the coronavirus pandemic, volatility in the economy, and surging gasoline prices that are slamming household budgets. In an interview with the AP in the Oval Office, the president also said...

Mental Health Equivalent of 911 Goes Live in July

988 will connnect people to crisis counselors

(Newser) - From July 16, Americans experiencing mental health crises will only have to remember a three-digit number to get help: 988. Bipartisan legislation signed by then-President Donald Trump in 2020 established the equivalent of 911 for mental health emergencies. People who call, text, or contact the number online will be connected...

There's a New 'Bible' on the Bestseller List

It's the DSM-5, and that's not necessarily great

(Newser) - Mental illness is on the minds of many, who are apparently looking to diagnose themselves. Long known as psychiatry's bible, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has become a surprise bestseller since its fifth version—the first in a decade—was released in...

Starbucks Reconsiders Bathroom Policy

CEO says mental health crisis poses a danger to employees, customers

(Newser) - Public access to Starbucks bathrooms, a point of contention in the past, might be shut off again. CEO Howard Schultz put the issue in a mental health context, saying at a forum Thursday that the number of people allowed in stores who aren't customers might have to be limited,...

Researchers Say They Know How to Stop Mass Shootings

They say suicide prevention could be more likely than armed guards to prevent shootings

(Newser) - Two researchers detailed the life histories of 180 mass shooters dating back to 1966, and they discovered striking similarities that they say can help stem the problem, if only politicians will listen. Politico interviewed psychologist Jillian Peterson and sociologist James Densley, whose findings are revealed in a new book. They...

Police Took Shooting Suspect for Evaluation Last Year

Police say he made a threat about carrying out a shooting at his high school

(Newser) - Police became aware of the suspect now being held in the mass shooting Saturday at a Buffalo supermarket last year, after they said he threatened an attack at his high school. State troopers were called to Susquehanna Valley High School in Conklin, New York, last June, the AP reports. They...

With No Options, Suicidal Teens Sleep in Emergency Rooms

Increasing demand for inpatient services and declining capacity shut at-risk adolescents out

(Newser) - Even before the coronavirus arrived, mental health disorders were increasing among the nation's adolescents, and the options for residential treatment care were declining. The pandemic compounded the problem, the New York Times reports. "Demand went up, supply went down," says Lisette Burton of the Association of Children’...

Survey of LGBTQ Youth Has Big Suicide Finding

45% of them seriously considered it in 2021, Trevor Project says

(Newser) - A shocking proportion of young LGBTQ people seriously considered suicide last year, according to a new survey from the Trevor Project . The mental health nonprofit says rates of suicidal ideation have risen for the third year in a row and 45% of LGBTQ youth considered suicide in 2021. The figure...

Naomi Judd Was Open About Mental Health Struggles

Late country star battled depression for years

(Newser) - "We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness," is how daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd put it in announcing the death of their mother, Naomi , at age 76. For those with only a passing acquaintance of the country star, that might have come as a...

'Immediate Action' Called for on Alaska Soldier Suicides

Lawmakers are alarmed by 17 deaths, confirmed or suspected to be suicides, reported in 2021

(Newser) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the US Army to take "immediate action" to address a suicide crisis in Alaska that they say claimed the lives of 17 soldiers last year. There were seven soldier suicides in Alaska in 2020 and eight in 2019, per the Anchorage Daily ...

After 15 Years, Mom Who Drowned Kids Still Shuns Release

Andrea Yates annually declines release hearing at Texas mental hospital

(Newser) - It's been more than 20 years since Andrea Yates drowned her five young children—Noah, 7; John, 5; Paul, 3; Luke, 2; and 6-month-old Mary—one by one in a bathtub, which ultimately landed her in a Texas mental hospital. She's still there—but not against her will....

Another Risk After Cancer Diagnosis: Suicide
Another Risk After Cancer
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Another Risk After Cancer Diagnosis: Suicide

Two new studies look at the mental toll on patients

(Newser) - Researchers have long known that cancer patients face higher risk of depression and other psychiatric disorders, as well as suicide. That may be unsurprising, given the terminal nature of some cancer diagnoses. However, two sweeping new studies go far deeper into the data than previous efforts, identifying patterns among patients...

Putin's Voice Says a Lot About His Mental State

'We can conjecture that he was in a state of psychological instability,' say analysts

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's mind is the subject of much speculation and analysis. As one New York Daily News columnist notes, "the words unhinged, delusional, unbalanced, sociopathic, and narcissistic appear regularly" in coverage of his words and deeds. His televised speech on Feb. 24, the opening day of the invasion,...

Controversial New Diagnosis: Prolonged Grief Disorder

Critics abound, but decision opens new pathways for people who meet diagnosis criteria

(Newser) - Debate will continue in the psychiatric community, but the decision is official: The latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as DSM-5-TR, includes an entry for prolonged grief disorder. Per an APA release , the new disorder is one in which "...

Naomi Osaka Might Want to Retire, for Her Own Good
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It Might Be Time for Naomi Osaka to Leave Tennis

'Washington Post' columnist says the tennis great's mental health appears to be at risk

(Newser) - Tennis great Naomi Osaka has temporarily stepped away from the game more than once as she publicly grappled with the intense pressure and with depression. Her advocacy on mental health is admirable, writes Candace Buckner in the Washington Post . But an incident over the weekend suggests the 24-year-old might want...

Will America Be Ready to Answer All the 988 Calls?

With 988, advocates see opportunity to change mental health care, but old problems persist

(Newser) - The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is undergoing a major overhaul. Starting in July, Americans in need of crisis counseling won't have to dial 1-800-273-8255—they'll instead be able to use the much simpler 988. It's the result of legislation signed by Trump in 2020, and in December,...

New Rx From Canadian Docs: Date With Mother Nature

Canadian doctors can prescribe free yearlong pass to 80 national parks, historic sites to boost health

(Newser) - Just what the doctor ordered: a stroll through your local national park. That's the new prescription that patients in several Canadian provinces might now receive from health care professionals, thanks to a program being backed by Parks Canada. The Squamish Chief reports the government agency has joined PaRx: A...

Video of Chained Woman Sparks Outrage in China

Officials in China's Jiangsu province say they're investigating her husband

(Newser) - Chinese citizens are demanding action in response to a video spreading online that shows a woman chained by her neck to the wall of an open shack. She had no coat, despite it being winter, and a bowl of food on the table next to her looked to have frozen...

Another Athlete Goes Public With Mental Health Needs

Gabriel Medina pulls out of the World Surf League season

(Newser) - In naming him its "Athlete of the Year 2021," SurferToday wrote that No. 1-ranked Gabriel Medina "seems to have found a personal stability that clearly influences his competitive performance." The 28-year-old Brazilian announced Monday on Instagram that he's bowing out of the 2022 World Surf...

Moderator Sues TikTok Over 'Extreme' Videos She Watched

Candie Frazier says she suffered psychological trauma over 'graphic' content she had to view

(Newser) - As part of her job for Canadian tech company TELUS International, Candie Frazier sifted through videos for TikTok, serving as a third-party moderator to make sure the most disturbing content didn't stay online. Now Frazier is suing, with a complaint she hopes will go class action, accusing the social...

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