Mental Health News

  • Crisis team sent to Alaska village after trio of suicides

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Native village on Alaska's western coast is reeling from back-to-back suicides of three young adults — with each subsequent death influenced by the preceding one. A regional tribal health organization is sending an Alaska Native suicide-response-and-prevention team to...

  • Leaving grief unaddressed can have prolonged consequences, Oklahoma counselor says

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Oklahoma City counselor facilitates grief support groups for Integris.

  • Pennsylvania orders youth mental health facility closed

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After investigating reports of sexual abuse, state regulators are ordering the closure of a western Pennsylvania facility that treats children and teenagers diagnosed with mental health conditions. The state Department of Human Services said Thursday that it received the...

  • Tribes get $4.4M to reduce drugs, suicide, domestic violence

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Indian Health Services will support nine New Mexico tribes' and tribal organizations' efforts to reduce suicide, drug addiction and domestic violence with $4.39 million in federal grants. U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, of New Mexico, say the money will be...

  • Shakespeare acting program helps veterans deal with emotions

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — William Shakespeare's words from more than 400 years ago are proving to be healing for modern-day veterans. A group of Milwaukee actors started the workshops, which feature Shakespeare's plays to help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and...

  • Illinois panel OKs medical marijuana for 8 health conditions

    Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. (AP) — An advisory board voted Wednesday to add eight health conditions — including chronic pain syndrome, autism, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder — to the list of illnesses that can be treated by medical marijuana in Illinois. The state's Medical Cannabis...

  • Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings

    Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012. Like Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Connecticut massacre, Christopher...

  • Ohio bill would spare severely mentally ill from execution

    Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers. The proposed legislation would allow a hearing before trial on an offender's...

  • Patrick Kennedy memoir creates rift among his family

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A memoir by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy has created a rift with family members upset over his portrayal of family secrecy, substance abuse and mental illness, including that of his father, late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy. Kennedy on Tuesday defended his book,...

  • Footballers' union calls for greater focus on mental health

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The global union for footballers is appealing for greater attention to be paid to their mental health after one-third of retired players in a new study reported symptoms of anxiety and depression. Nearly one in five retired professionals in FIFPro's research also reported symptoms...

  • Special communication skills help in raising boys

    By Charlotte Lankard For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Insights included in a 1998 book with insights for raising boys are worth reviewing, writes columnist Charlotte Lankard for The Oklahoman.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • A day spent at Oklahoma City's medical detox center

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    The Recovery Center sits less than half a mile from Oklahoma City's iconic milk bottle grocery building at NW 23 and N Classen. It's easy to miss the rectangular brown building as you're driving to work or headed to meet friends at a nearby restaurant.  Inside the center,...

  • Former Navy pilot sues US government over bipolar diagnosis

    Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Navy pilot has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the federal government alleging that a Veterans Affairs doctor misdiagnosed him with a mental illness that caused him to lose his ability to fly commercial airplanes and be wrongly treated for the disorder for a...

  • Average time of 9-inning MLB game drops 6 minutes to 2:56

    Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has managed to cut six minutes from the average time of a nine-inning game this season, when it adopted some speedup rules. STATS said Monday that the season average ended at 2 hours, 56 minutes. While the average dropped to 2:53 in the first half of the...

  • A look at school shootings in the US in the past decade

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    School shootings have erupted in small rural communities and major urban centers across the U.S. over the past decade. According to an analysis of all mass shootings by a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, about 11 percent of cases involves possible mental illness and in 44 percent of the...

  • 4 Dallas-area relatives accused of faking mental illness

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — Four North Texas relatives have been faking mental illness to get government benefits in a decades-long scam, federal prosecutors allege. A complaint filed in federal district court in Dallas says Doreen Mitchell, her two sons and her cousin, all Arlington residents, are charged...

  • St. Louis VA mental health records questioned by watchdog

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal watchdog says it has confirmed a whistleblower's claims that Veterans Affairs sites in St. Louis marked appointments for mental health patients as completed before they were seen, effectively boosting the appearance of the sites' productivity. St. Louis VA Health Care...

  • Department of Mental Health celebrates 50th anniversary

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Mental Health is celebrating its 50th year of service with a ceremony in Montgomery. The event is set for 11 a.m. Thursday in the Purchasing Auditorium at the RSA Union Building. Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to speak and present Commissioner...

  • Suicide rate among American Indian young adults remains high, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    American Indian and Alaskan Native young adults are dying by suicide at higher rates than other races and ethnic groups, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.  Among teenagers and young adults ages 15 to 24, suicide was the second leading cause of...

  • Mental health and addiction in Oklahoma: Numbers to know

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Oklahoma spends less on mental health per capita than most other states in the United States. Recently, a study funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration outlined how each state and the District of Columbia spends money to cover mental health and substance...

  • Hush puppies: Vet says music cuts shelter barking and stress

    Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Can music tame the savage beast? Can it hush puppies and calm kitties? A veterinarian thinks so. Dr. Pamela Fisher has put music in over 1,100 animal shelters, saying that it calms dogs and cats, and even cuts down on barking. Fisher started the nonprofit Rescue Animal MP3...

  • Man accused of stealing $5 in snacks died in jail as he waited for space at mental hospital

    Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Jamycheal Mitchell had stopped taking his schizophrenia medication before he walked into a 7-Eleven near his family’s Portsmouth, Va., home in April and allegedly stole a Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake totaling $5.05.   After the 24-year-old’s arrest, a judge ordered him to...

  • Judge allows class-action lawsuit over Mississippi prison

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing inmates to go forward with their lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a private prison operator. U.S. District Judge William Barbour Jr. on Tuesday granted class certification to a group of inmates at East Mississippi...

  • Montana to open mental health facility in Galen

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana plans to convert a private youth prison in Galen into a treatment facility for mentally ill inmates to relieve overcrowding five miles away at the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, officials with Gov. Steve Bullock's office said Tuesday. The 54-bed facility...

  • Judge considers medicating mentally ill man in terror case

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A shackled man who shouted incoherently for several minutes before being carried from the courtroom by federal marshals Tuesday might be forcibly medicated so he can go on trial for trying to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria, depending on how a federal judge rules....

  • Former Los Angeles County inmates file action over treatment

    Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A settlement between the federal government and Los Angeles County fails to require adequate services for mentally ill and homeless inmates after their release, perpetuating the cycle between Skid Row and jail cells, according to a legal action filed by former prisoners on...

  • ER care can be important 'safety net' for patients with schizophrenia, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Emergency room care might serve as a safety net for patients with schizophrenia not otherwise receiving care, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found.  The CDC report also found that the rate of men coming to the ER for treatment of schizophrenia...

  • After 18 years of addiction, Oklahoma City man offers hope to others

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Ernest Long is a peer recovery support specialist, hired and trained by the Oklahoma mental health agency, to work at The Recovery Center, 1215 NW 25, Oklahoma City, to help addicts get clean.

  • Police training canceled because of Illinois budget crisis

    Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police departments across Illinois say the state budget stalemate has left them struggling to provide necessary training to officers on everything from how to deal with the mentally ill to proper use of force. Hundreds of classes are being canceled at a time of heightened tension...

  • AP-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1:30 pm, OK

    Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Oklahoma. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Oklahoma City bureau at or 405-525-2121. Ken Miller is on the desk. News Editor Kelly P. Kissel is reachable at...

  • Oklahoma ranks low in mental-health funding

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Oklahoma spends $56.22 per capita on mental health, making Oklahoma one of the lowest in the U.S. in mental health funding, according to a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded report released Thursday.

  • Louisiana program: military vets to train service dogs

    Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Marines Kelsie Owen and Kevin McClendon both have post-traumatic stress disorder — and specially trained dogs are helping them to recover. Now, the two veterans will learn to train service dogs and to teach other military veterans suffering from the effects of PTSD or...

  • Drinking alcohol during pregnancy poses risks, expert says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Primary care physicians can play an important role in combating neurological disorders that children can develop as a result of their mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy, an Oklahoma researcher said.

  • Man who impersonated FBI agent sentenced to time served

    Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A convicted con man and military veteran accused of impersonating an FBI agent in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Friday to the time he's already spent in prison, during a hearing where he spoke about suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Steven Goldmann, 27,...

  • Illinois House moves to fund early intervention programs

    Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have taken steps to help pay for a range of mental health and early childhood services as well as police training. But Democratic Rep. Greg Harris said backers of the legislation lacked enough support Thursday to send the full bill to the Senate. The...

  • Lawmakers fail to override Christie veto for the 52nd time

    Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The state Senate failed Thursday to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a measure requiring law enforcement to be notified if potential gun buyers seek to expunge mental health records, and lawmakers are asking whether the failure raises public safety concerns. It was...

  • Will ECU student's killer soon leave mental facility?

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    On July 17, Pottawatomie County (Oklahoma) District Judge John G. Canavan Jr. found Jerrod Murray not guilty by reason of insanity. The judge ruled after learning both a defense expert and a prosecution expert agreed Murray did not know right from wrong at the time of the shooting.

  • PHOTOS: Australian motorcyclists ride through Oklahoma City for mental health awareness

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    A band of 65 Australian motorcyclists are visiting Oklahoma City on their first “Black Dog Ride” across the United States. The group, which has completed five previous tours in Australia, is partnering with Mental Health First Aid USA to raise mental health awareness and funds to train more...

  • Cleveland police to get enhanced training on mental health

    Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officers will receive enhanced training on how to deal with people during mental health crises, a requirement in the city's agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform its trouble police department, officials announced Wednesday. The agreement was announced...



nDepth Fighting Back: 'Where is my Amma?'

Dr. R. Murali Krishna is president, COO and medical director of Integris Mental Health. He is also the president and co-founder of the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. He has spent hours and hours...