Mental Health

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After shootings, states rethink mental health cuts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of states have slashed spending on mental health care over the last four years, either because of the recession’s toll on revenue or a new zeal to shrink government. But that trend may be heading for a U-turn in 2013.


California offered as national mental health model

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the state Senate says California’s approach to treating mental illness should serve as a national model in response to last week’s massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.


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Mediator: Mom didn’t like to leave gunman alone

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The mother of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza told a divorce mediator in 2009 that she didn’t like to leave him alone and that she would care for him as long as he needed it.


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How You Can Help Conn. Shooting Relief Effort

As KFWB continues to follow the unfolding details of what happened at Sandy Hook and how that community mourns and attempts to recover – there are several ways for you to help now. Here are some of the local non-profits involved.


Shootings expose cracks in US mental health system

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Last week’s fatal shooting at a Minneapolis sign company may be just the latest example of a family that fell through the cracks in the U.S. mental health system. The shooter, Andrew […]


Prosecutors give up fight for Holmes' notebook

DENVER (AP) – Prosecutors are giving up their fight to see a notebook sent by the Colorado theater shooting suspect to a university psychiatrist. Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman told a judge Thursday that even […]


Bill extends law forcing treatment of mentally ill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – State lawmakers have sent the governor an extension of a law that allows courts to force people with mental illness into treatment. The extension passed the Assembly 61-3 Wednesday. AB1569 extends […]


Caregivers can be any age, for any reason (audio)

One woman’s story illustrates the growing trend of caregivers today. When she was only 18 years-old, Tori Zellick found herself in the role of caregiver when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She wrote […]


Report: Too little mental health care for boomers

(AP) – Getting older doesn’t just mean a risk for physical ailments like heart disease and bum knees: A new report finds as many as 1 in 5 seniors has a mental health or substance […]


Panetta urges greater emphasis on mental fitness

(AP) – The military is dealing with an increasing number of suicides, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says commanding officers must make clear that seeking help for the stresses of war is a sign of […]


Caregivers susceptible to developing Alzheimer's

New study reveals that care-givers of patients who have Alzheimer’s disease are susceptible to developing the disease themselves, among a number of other diseases and health problems. Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President of Alzheimer’s Research […]