• Lawmakers pass plan limiting mentally ill from owning guns

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure designed to prevent people with mental disabilities from owning guns. A proposal sponsored by Democratic Sen. Julie Morrison and Rep. Michael Zalewski strengthens existing law by requiring circuit court clerks to report the names of people a judge deems mentally disabled to the Illinois State Police at least twice a year. The House overwhelmingly approved the plan on Tuesday. The measure heads to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner next. Under the existing state law, a person deemed by a judge to have a mental illness could lose his or her gun owner identification card. Morrison said not all counties in the state comply with current reporting rules.

  • Under proposed budget, Oklahoma mental health services will remain limited

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Low-income Oklahomans in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment will continue to face barriers to care, a result of the Legislature's failure to invest in the state mental health system, a mental health leader said Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Bouchard beats stress-related eating disorder

    The Latest: Bouchard beats stress-related...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 4:10 p.m. Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard says she has overcome an eating disorder brought on by "a lot of pressure" and the added expectation that followed her breakthrough year in 2014. Speaking after a first-round victory Tuesday at the French Open, Bouchard said she felt as though food "would come right back up" and struggled with weight loss in 2015, when her ranking slipped. She says "before matches I was very nervous and definitely had trouble eating. And not just before matches, (it) happened to me at other meals as well.

  • Your Life: Parental imperfections are normal, forgivable

    By Charlotte Lankard For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Charlotte Lankard: During these weeks following Mother’s Day with Father’s Day just ahead, I invite moms and dads everywhere to join me in giving ourselves a gift — the gift of forgiveness, understanding we did the best we knew how at the time.

  • Politicians help launch mental health awareness campaign

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials are joining Michelle Obama, Richard Gere and Prince Harry in encouraging residents to care for their mental health and learn the signs of emotional distress. A national initiative called "The Campaign to Change Direction" launched its first statewide project Monday in New Hampshire. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of five signs of emotional suffering: withdrawal, agitation, hopelessness, decline in personal care and change in personality. Those attending the announcement at the Statehouse saw public service announcements featuring the first lady, actor and member of the British royal family that will air on local television.

  • Alaskans participate in yearly suicide-prevention walk

    Alaskans participate in yearly...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans participated in a yearly community walk in the state's largest city to raise awareness about suicide and remember loved ones who took their own lives. More than 700 people took part in the 3-mile walk around downtown Anchorage, despite overcast skies that brought occasional sprinkles. The event was part of the annual fundraising "Out of the Darkness" walks held nationwide by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Alaska chapter organized Saturday's walk, as well as recent walks in Palmer and Fairbanks.

  • The Latest: Alaskans walk in yearly suicide-prevention walk

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Suicide Prevention Walk (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Alaskans are participating in a yearly community walk in the state's largest city to raise awareness about suicide. The 3-mile walk Saturday in downtown Anchorage is part of the annual fundraising "Out of the Darkness" walks held nationwide by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Alaska chapter organized Saturday's walk, as well as recent walks in Palmer and Fairbanks. Chapter board chair Dennis Lasley says more than 700 people are participating in the Anchorage event. Alaska consistently ranks among the highest in the nation in suicides, particularly among Alaska Natives.

  • Dallas County DA battling depression, returns to hospital

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) — As Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk continues to battle depression, she has returned to the Houston psychiatric hospital where she was treated last year. On Friday afternoon, her office said in a statement that she was continuing to battle depression and noted that "relapse is common." In a second statement issued later Friday, the office said Hawk had "voluntarily sought treatment" at the Menninger Clinic. She spent two months last year at the same hospital being treated for depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders. The first statement came hours after she missed an event at the Dallas Public Library where she was set to talk about her recovery.

  • Coroner: Inmate died of natural causes in starving dispute

    Coroner: Inmate died of natural causes in...

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coroner has revised the cause of death of a mentally ill California inmate, saying the man died of natural causes instead of a condition that resulted from a lack of nourishment. Two pathologists initially found that 49-year-old Michael Stanley Galliher died in August from complications of inanition, defined as an exhausted condition resulting from lack of nourishment. Records obtained by The Associated Press under a public records act request show Galliher was afraid to eat solid food at California Medical Facility in Vacaville because "he had delusions that his food was being poisoned." He had no food in his stomach, severely low blood sugar and other effects of fasting when he died. <

  • Former mental patient wins bid to argue patient dumping case

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A former Nevada psychiatric patient will get another chance to argue in state court that he was improperly discharged from a Las Vegas mental health facility and put on a bus to California. A Nevada Supreme Court ruling posted Friday keeps alive James Flavy Coy Brown's negligence lawsuit against Southern Nevada Adult Health Mental Services and several doctors and state officials. Lawyers for the state argued that Brown's claims were really medical malpractice issues, and that he failed to file required legal paperwork. Brown was among several Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital patients who claimed they were bused out of state in 2013 without proper care.

  • Mental health, substance abuse facility coming to Hastings

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — An outpatient mental health and substance abuse facility is being built in Barry County. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development says a groundbreaking was held Friday for the facility in Hastings, southeast of Grand Rapids. The agency provided a $3.7 million loan to support the project. The total cost is expected to be nearly $4.2 million. The facility will consolidate services offered by the Barry County Community Mental Health Authority which is contributing $463,000. Services currently are spread throughout three separate leased facilities.

  • Baltimore cuts ties with firm that screened police officers

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's spending panel has unanimously voted to cut ties with a psychological services firm that has come under scrutiny for how it conducted mental health screenings for many prospective city police officers. News outlets report that the Board of Estimates voted Wednesday to immediately end its $730,000 contract with Psychology Consultants Associated. The vote followed a report from Baltimore's inspector general earlier this week that said many of the company's mental health screenings for prospective police officers were shorter than required. The firm also evaluated an officer charged in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. Gray died a week after suffering a spinal injury in police custody.

  • Accused man's mental health, criminal record raise concerns

    Accused man\'s mental health, criminal record...

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Russell MacPherson says he doesn't understand why his adult son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and received mental health care, was able to buy a handgun police accuse him of using to shoot two police officers last week. He said 32-year-old Ian MacPherson was diagnosed around 2008 and received mental health care on and off for years. "There are individuals that should not be able to have a gun, and (Ian) is one," he said. "And I think it should've been clear that he is one." Court records show Ian MacPherson agreed to undergo a mental health counseling program in 2012 after assaulting his father and pleading no contest to simple assault charges.

  • 'Mind addiction' could help explain why smart people aren't as happy as they could be

    \'Mind addiction\' could help explain why smart...

    Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Nearly two decades ago, a professor at the University of Chicago conducted a somewhat amusing but telling study . Experimenters asked about 150 university students to imagine that they had won a lottery drawing and could choose one of two chocolates as their prize. Chocolate A, they were told, was an 0.5 oz. piece of Austrian milk chocolate worth 50 cents, shaped like a heart. Chocolate B, on the other hand, was a 2 oz. piece of Austrian milk chocolate worth $2, shaped … like a disgusting cockroach.

  • New Bureau of Children's Behavioral health established

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services has established a bureau to unify the delivery of mental health and substance disorder services to help children transitioning to adulthood. The Bureau of Children's Behavioral Health was created after the Legislature voted this year for a bill to coordinate and integrate children's mental health services in a system of care. The goal is to transform a straining mental health and substance use delivery system and provide a greater focus on the services and supports of children. The bureau will function within the department's Division of Behavioral Health, which Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers established in March.

  • Meeting U.S. Surgeon General and learning what I can do about addiction

    Meeting U.S. Surgeon General and learning what...

    Mercy Adhiambo | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    On Monday, I met U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. It was not our first encounter. I had listened to him address journalists and medics at a health conference in Cleveland a few days before I came to Oklahoma last month. This time it was different.  He walked toward me in his crisp uniform, stood before me and shook my hand. I introduced myself and said I am a journalist from Kenya. He nodded and said:  “Welcome to America.” It was a brief encounter. However, this is not about that moment, but rather the things that happened before the handshake. Before I get into that — about the defining moments — perhaps I should transport you to

  • Mom who poisoned, then drowned 2 kids gets 8 years in prison

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former teacher who laced her two young children's grape juice with windshield wiper fluid, then drowned them in a bathtub promised on Tuesday to raise awareness of postpartum depression before a judge sentenced her to eight years in prison. Dressed in an all-white suit, her hands cuffed behind her back, Lisette Bamenga spoke quietly to Judge Martin Marcus, who found her guilty in April of manslaughter in the July 2012 deaths of 4-month-old Violet and 4-year-old Trevor. She had been charged with murder, but her attorney argued she suffered from crippling undiagnosed postpartum psychosis. The judge agreed she suffered from an emotional disturbance severe enough to knock down the charges.

  • 'GMA' meteorologist Ginger Zee discusses fight with anorexia

    \'GMA\' meteorologist Ginger Zee discusses fight...

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Good Morning America" meteorologist Ginger Zee has opened up about her childhood battle with anorexia. Zee says in an interview broadcast on Monday night's "Dancing with the Stars" that she developed the eating disorder after her parents' divorce. She says her biggest struggle with the disease came from ages 10 to 14. She says she'll always "have body shaming issues" but has come to realize that "life is a lot bigger than that." Zee will take the floor against UFC fighter Paige VanZant and model Nyle DiMarco in next week's "Dancing with the Stars" season finale.

  • Surgeon general visits Oklahoma City, discusses opioid abuse

    Surgeon general visits Oklahoma City, discusses...

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, spent the day Monday in Oklahoma City, raising awareness about the opioid epidemic and learning how state health leaders have combated this public health crisis in America's heartland.

  • Sinead O'Connor is known as much for her opinions as music

    Sinead O\'Connor is known as much for her...

    Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    Uncertainty for several hours Monday over the whereabouts of Irish singer Sinead O'Connor — who was found safe by Chicago-area police after a call saying she hadn't been seen since leaving for a bicycle ride Sunday — was only the latest episode involving the talented but troubled musician. After scoring an international hit with her rendition of Prince's ballad "Nothing Compares 2 U," O'Connor has been known as much for her fierce and expressive voice as for her blunt criticism of the Catholic Church and other institutions. O'Connor said she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than a decade ago and has spoken publicly of her mental health problems.