Mental Health

Profile example from the Vitals app

App helps first responders help people in health crises

Families can create a profile on the app for their loved ones, which includes information about their disability.

 | Jessie Cohen

someone using the "Calm" app on their phone

How effective are mental health apps?

Researchers at the University of New England looked at five different apps to see how effective they were in reducing symptoms of anxiety.

 | Melina Chalkia

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988 suicide hotline expands services for LGBTQ individuals

A program that connects LGBTQ youth and young adults in crisis with specialized counselors is expanding its text and chat hours.

 | Scripps News Staff

Sen. John Fetterman waves to supporters

Sen. Fetterman working while being treated for depression

Sen. Fetterman reportedly went over rail safety legislation and other Senate business with his chief of staff while in the hospital.

 | Scripps News Staff

iPhone with help applications.

FTC wants BetterHelp to pay $7.8 million for lying about data privacy

BetterHelp provides millions of Americans with mental health services. A federal agency says the company broke its promise to keep information secure.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Circus for the broken heart: Movement helping people deal with grief

Dr. Sherry Walling hosts workshops that combine her skills as a clinical psychologist and an amatuer circus artist.

 | Jessie Cohen

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Colton Underwood talks about the importance of mental health

Colton Underwood talks about his mental health crusade on Capitol Hill.

 | Scripps News Staff

Sen. John Fetterman.

Sen. John Fetterman 'on path to recovery,' will be out for more weeks

Fetterman is being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he checked himself in for clinical depression on Feb. 15.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Person writing a prescription.

More states pushing to allow psychologists to prescribe medicine

Nearly a dozen states have considered authorizing psychologists to write prescriptions, but legislative changes have not happened since 2017.

 | Jessie Cohen

Three girls sit on their phones.

CDC: Suicidal thoughts among teenage girls at highest rate in a decade

The Youth Risk Behavior Study measured the state of teen behavior from 2011 to 2021 and found feelings of "sadness or hopelessness" increased.

 | Bianca Facchinei

Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., walks to a motorcade vehicle

Sen. John Fetterman commended for his mental health approach

Fetterman’s openess has led to praise from mental health advocates, fellow members of Congress, and President Joe Biden.

 | Nathaniel Reed

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Micro-dosing psychedelics is becoming increasingly popular

Micro-dosing is said to improve moods and decrease stress and anxiety.

 | Scripps News Staff

Taylor Swift performs at a premiere for the "All Too Well" music video.

Breakup songs could actually help you get through heartbreak

Breakup songs have timeless popularity and could even have heartbreak benefits, some pscyhologists say.

 | Casey Mendoza

Amie Ward is pictured on a phone.

This bartender is pushing to improve health in her industry

A bartender who noticed others in her industry struggling with their health developed a training program to help them alleviate stress and pain.

 | Chris Conte

Free Moms founder Nancy Nelson hugs a student

Free Moms group volunteers to help college students' mental health

Nancy Nelson founded a group called Free Moms to support college students' mental health and help ease stress.

 | Maya Rodriguez

Scripps News' Lindsey Theis sitting with Jyoti Mishra

AI helps researchers develop personalized depression treatment

Researchers are studying how to use AI to personalize depression treatment and potentially predict a depressive episode before it happens.

 | Lindsey Theis

Screen honors Tyre Nichols before an NBA game.

Dealing with the mental health impact of the Tyre Nichols video

Expert says there has not been a lot of time for people to process the video because people might be experiencing various forms of trauma.

 | Christiana Ford and Scripps News Lexington

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How a survivor is now helping battle the opioid epidemic

The U.S. reports more opioid deaths than any other country in the world, and organizations around the country are scrambling for solutions.

 | Diane Duenez

A family gathers at a memorial outside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California

Asian Americans share fears after mass shootings in California

Coming together as a community for healing is one way to start the conversation regarding mental health for Asian Americans amid violence.

 | Cat Sandoval

Green Bay Packers fans walk into Lambeau Field

Section Yellow supporting sober fans at Green Bay Packers games

Section Yellow sets up near Section 112 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for fans in recovery from alcohol addiction.

 | Bianca Facchinei

Woman using the Flowly VR

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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Increase in Suicide & Crisis Lifeline calls, texts since number change

The old suicide lifeline number was a clunky 1-800 number, but 988 is easy to remember.

 | Cat Sandoval

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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

Facebook app on an iPhone.

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