Mental Health

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Meditation apps to help restore calm and lower stress

Mindfulness apps that help restore your calm. Studies have shown that these practices help build our resilience to stress.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

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Does climate change make you anxious? You're not alone

Extreme temperatures can impact physical health, but the changing climate is also taking a toll on mental health, especially for younger generations.

 | Scripps News Staff

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, right, gets a hug as she arrives to deliver her State of the State address

States are proposing millions for mental heath funding

States are proposing millions of dollars for mental health initiatives, including New York, which wants to steer $1 billion toward the issue.

 | Tammy Estwick

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Actor David Mann talks with Scripps News about battling depression

Actor David Mann shares how he found support for his mental health and how he's encouraging others to seek help.

 | Amber Strong

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Seattle schools sue tech giants over social media harm

Seattle Public Schools blames social media for worsening mental health and behavioral disorders in students, making it more difficult to teach them.

 | AP

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Ukrainian Kids Express Horrors Of War Through Art Therapy

A mother and daughter, who are art teachers from Lviv, Ukraine, opened a new exhibition called "Children of War" at a Chicago Ukrainian museum.

 | Ben Schamisso

Children in Ukraine traumatized by the war play with American pit bull terrier "Bice" as part of a therapy program.

Ukrainian Center Offers Dog Therapy For Children Traumatized By War

An 8-year-old dog named Bice goes to a rehabilitation center weekly to help children traumatized by Russia's war in Ukraine.

 | AP and Meg Hilling

bottles of prescription drugs: Lipitor, TriCor, Plavix, Singulair, Lexapro and Avapro are displayed at Medco Health Solutions

How Effective Are Anti-Depressants?

Many Americans battle depression. How do anti-depressant drugs work, and are how effective are they?

 | Maritsa Georgiou and Emily Grossberg

17-year-old Christian Brown.

More Kids Are Showing Up To ERs With Mental Health Crises

WARNING: You're going to hear doctors and a family talk about suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, and about children who've killed themselves.

 | Lindsey Theis

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These States Allow Kids To Take Mental Health Days From School

Laws allowing kids to take mental health days vary by state. Some require a doctor's note, and others limit the number of mental health days allotted.

 | Tricia Goss and Simplemost

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Mindfulness Worked As Well For Anxiety As Drug In Study

200 participants were randomly assigned to a mindfulness program or daily use of a generic drug for depression and anxiety over six months.

 | AP

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Experts Share Tips On Dealing With Election-Related Stress

Three quarters of Americans say they're stressed about the future of the U.S., as many prepare to vote and wait for the results of midterm elections.

 | Lindsey Theis

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Texas Brain Bank Highlights Hispanic Representation In Mental Research

There are more than 80 brain banks housing tens of thousands of brains across the U.S. One near the border is studying Hispanic brain health.

 | Lindsey Theis

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Giving Kids 'Mental Health Days' Could Help Their Emotional Well-Being

A National Alliance on Mental Illness poll found 1 in 6 teens report feeling negative emotions often or always. Some parents are taking action.

 | Amber Strong

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Americans Have A Concerning Amount Of Stress, Report Finds

An American Psychological Association report found more than a quarter of U.S. adults are so stressed they can't function.

 | Lindsey Theis

Dr. Irit Felsen and her parents

Why Does Intergenerational Trauma Affect Us?

Psychologists say that although we pass down heirlooms from generation to generation, we can also pass down trauma from past events.

 | Alexandra Miller

America’s Breakdown: A National Conversation - Mental Health Data

Newsy’s commitment to revealing the reality of America’s mental health crisis continues with a two-hour special.

 | Matt Simon and Scripps News Staff

America’s Breakdown: A National Conversation - Mass Shootings

Newsy’s commitment to revealing the reality of America’s mental health crisis continues with a two-hour special.

 | Matt Simon and Scripps News Staff

America’s Breakdown: A National Conversation - Prescription Drugs

Newsy’s commitment to revealing the reality of America’s mental health crisis continues with a two-hour special.

 | Matt Simon and Scripps News Staff

America’s Breakdown: A National Conversation - Mental Health Stigma

Newsy’s commitment to revealing the reality of America’s mental health crisis continues with a two-hour special.

 | Matt Simon and Scripps News Staff

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As Suicides Rise, U.S. Military Seeks To Address Mental Health

Rising suicide rates among active service members have forced the Pentagon to review the military's mental health protocols.

 | AP

Front row from left, youth mental health leader Ayanna Kelly, first lady Jill Biden, youth mental health leader Juan Acosta

Biden Administration Lays Out Roadmap To Mental Health Integration

Integrating mental health into primary care could help increase access to behavioral health services.

 | Kellan Howell

Workers address flood damage

How The Aftermath Of Natural Disasters Affects Mental Health

Research has shown suicide rates rise by 23% after natural disasters. Depression and anxiety also go up months after the storm.

 | Lindsey Theis

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Where Is Mental Health Funding Going?

Tackling the mental health crisis from a political standpoint often comes down to one thing —funding. So where is the money going?

 | Stephanie Liebergen

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Finding Hope Through A Different Approach To Mental Health Care

Charlie Health provides virtual intensive outpatient treatments for people struggling with mental health.

 | Axel Turcios

Esther Koisner with her family

Holocaust Survivors And Their Descendants Share Generational Trauma

Studies support the idea that the effects of trauma can reverberate down generations through epigenetics.

 | Alexandra Miller

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Counselors And Cops Working Together Can Save Lives

Co-responder teams of police and mental health experts can better meet the needs of people in mental health crisis.

 | Clayton Sandell

Susan Meiklejohn wears a device for transcranial direct current stimulation

Breakthrough Device Could Ease Deep Depression

A very small group of just several hundred Americans is trying an at-home medical treatment involving electrical stimulation of part of the brain.

 | Jason Bellini

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Mental Health America: Texas Ranks Last In Mental Health Care Access

Canutillo Independent School District and Kingsville Independent School District try to get a handle on mental health care for students in need.

 | John Mone

Hospital ERs Struggle To Treat Surge Of Mental Health Patients

A Newsy investigation finds more Americans are going to the ER during a mental health crisis, and why they aren't getting the help they need.

 | Karen Rodriguez and Patrick Terpstra and Rosie Cima and Rachel Gold