Mental Health

With focus groups, researcher looks at race, trauma and mental health in north St. Louis

May 3, 2016

New insight from a Washington University study could improve access to mental health care for African-American men. 

Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

Apr 22, 2016

In the '80s and '90s, America's suicide trend was headed in the right direction: down.

"It had been decreasing almost steadily since 1986, and then what happened is there was a turnaround," says Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Providence, Rhode Island To Embed Behavioral Health Specialists In Schools

Apr 4, 2016
Mayor Jorge Elorza announces the new behavioral health program for Providence public schools.
Jake Bissaro / The Providence Center

Mental health services for children can be difficult to access in Rhode Island. But a new public-private partnership is trying to make those services easier to access at some Providence public schools.

Why A US Health Clinic Suggests Cambodian Treatments For Everyday Maladies

Mar 16, 2016
Women gather to meditate at the Metta Health Center in Lowell MA.
Heidi Shin / PRI

Doctors at a health clinic in Lowell, Massachusetts, had a problem — their exam rooms reminded refugee patients of torture chambers. The stethoscopes, the blood pressure cuff squeezing your arm — they looked like the torture devices used on their families, during Cambodia’s genocide.


Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

Mar 7, 2016

Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints and other factors.

Grant Program Hopes To Prevent School Violence By Addressing Mental Health

Feb 11, 2016
Andrea Muraskin / Vector images via Vecteezy.com

Remember the school shooting in Philippi, West Virginia last August? If it doesn’t ring a bell, that’s probably because no shots were fired. A state trooper and a pastor talked a student  who had taken his class hostage into surrendering his weapon. No one was harmed.

Depression Screening Recommended For All Pregnant Women, New Mothers

Jan 28, 2016

Pregnant women and new mothers need more attention when it comes to screening for depression, according to recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

That came as part of the panel's recommendation that all adults should be screened, in a situation where they can be provided treatment or get a referral if they are clinically depressed.

The rise in opioid drug abuse and gun violence have led to recent calls to overhaul the nation’s mental health care system. But a law passed by the U.S. Congress in 2014 is already driving a big new experiment in mental health care.  

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