Mental Health

Nurses talk together.

WFTS: First Responders Struggle To Manage The Pressure

According to the National Library of Medicine, health care workers in emergency settings have been at high risk for anxiety, depression and more.


Video explains how an app works.

WRTV: New App Emphasizes Mental Health Checks

The app allows a user to select red, yellow or green to indicate their current mental health state.


A sign urging people to wear face masks.

Many Americans Report Weight, Sleep Changes A Year Into Pandemic

A new report from the American Psychological Association suggests we're not all doing the best job coping with pandemic-related stress.

 | Lindsey Theis

An EMT pushes a gurney into an emergency room to drop off a COVID-19 patient in Placentia, Calif.

COVID and Compassion: 'Our Brains Aren’t Apathetic, They’re Lazy'

Experts say human brain's limited capacity for numbers, enormity of pandemic can cause less empathy.

 | Lindsey Theis

Trump supporters climb the west wall

Many Americans Feel Overwhelmed, Stressed After Capitol Chaos

Many people are feeling stressed and anxious after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Newsy spoke to a psychologist about ways to cope.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

A Gen Z'er on their ceel phone.

Pandemic Stress Is Worsening Gen Z's Mental Health

American Psychological Association report shows half of Gen Z teens report the pandemic has made planning for their future impossible.

 | Lindsey Theis

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We're REALLY Stressed Right Now, According To A New Report

Two new reports say the pandemic, economic uncertainty and the election are stressing people out.

 | Lindsey Theis

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Thoughts Of Suicide Up During COVID-19 Pandemic

Suicide rates were up before this year, and more people are dealing with mental illness since the pandemic started.

 | Lindsey Theis

People line up for phase-2 testing for COVID-19 at a facility launched by the Hayward Fire department

CDC: Suicidal Thoughts Rise Among Young Adults Amid Pandemic

The results were self-reported from more than 5,000 adults of all ages.

 | LeeAnne Lowry and Helen Okobokekeimei

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

FCC Changes National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number To 988

All phone service providers must direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022.

 | Johannah Grenaway

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Study: COVID-19 Isolation Didn't Significantly Boost Loneliness

A new study says there wasn't a large increase in loneliness in the early months of social distancing efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

 | Lindsey Theis

A Black Lives Matter protester.

Understanding Racial Trauma

Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress, is the collective effect racism has on an individual's mental and physical health.

 | Lindsey Theis

A protester.

Protesting May Impact Mental Health

Bingeing,depression, insomnia and increases in blood pressure may occur among stressed protesters and viewers, experts say.

 | Lindsey Theis

Police officers in riot gear

Protests May Impact Police Officers' Mental Health

Experts say working the front lines of racial injustice protests can be especially tough for police officers of color.

 | Lindsey Theis

Someone wearing a mask on a phone.

COVID-19 Has More People Seeking Out Therapy For First Time

Newsy’s latest poll found around 1 in 10 sought out therapy since the pandemic began.

 | Lindsey Theis

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Senate Approves Bill To Create 3-Digit National Suicide Hotline Number

The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act calls for a shorter, three-digit number: 988.

 | Johannah Grenaway

'Addiction Wants Us To Be Alone': Finding Recovery In Isolation

'Addiction Wants Us To Be Alone': Finding Recovery In Isolation

The Addiction Policy Forum is bringing solutions to substance use disorder out of the shadows and putting support groups into cyberspace.

 | Cody LaGrow

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Report: 75,000 More 'Deaths Of Despair' Possible Because Of COVID-19

A new report predicts the U.S. could see 75,000 more deaths from suicide, drugs and alcohol as a result of COVID-19.

 | Lindsey Theis

Dr. Zaher Sahloul and nurses at a Chicago hospital

Medical Workers Treating COVID-19 Patients Face Mental Health Risks

Health experts say it's crucial to acknowledge and mitigate those risks in the short and long terms.

 | Ben Schamisso

Children's playground closed

What Happens When We Hit Pause On Playdates

As little kids become stressed, parents might begin to see some behavioral changes.

 | Lauren Knapp

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Experts Explain Why Social Distancing Is So Tough For Americans

Psychologists say it's hard for Americans to grasp how their actions as individuals affect the greater good.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Border Patrol agent detains asylum seekers with children in 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

Study: Families Separated At Border Suffer Severe Psychological Trauma

Physicians for Human Rights study medical director: Border separation policy has caused "compound trauma...depression and anxiety."

 | Peter Hecht

A proof-of-concept app that could help with the treatment of schizophrenia.

Could Artificial Intelligence Help Patients With Schizophrenia?

An app that uses artificial intelligence to measure thinking and speech patterns could help patients with schizophrenia.

 | Lindsey Theis

A 2015 study showed 62 percent of Americans stress over things like scheduling, money & staying healthy during the holidays.

The Difference Between Holiday Blues And True Anxiety Or Depression

There's a difference between feeling down or stressed around the holidays, and an actual mental health condition. What can you do to help with either?

 | Lindsey Theis

Two men in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina board windows of a business prior to Hurricane Florence's landfall

What Makes People Choose To Ride Out Hurricanes?

Psychologists say past experiences, means of evacuation and even feelings of self-efficacy all play a role.

 | Tyler Adkisson

New York’s First Lady Talks Mental Health and Wellness

First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray talks mental health education and treatment across the city.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Dream Jobs: Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Vinita Mehta is a psychologist in Washington, D.C. She showed Newsy's Chance Seales around her dream job.

 | Chance Seales

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REST: The Serious Work Your Brain Does When You're 'Doing Nothing'

PET scans show that even when we aren't focused on any tasks, our brains are still hard at work.

 | Chance Seales

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Why The Myth That Suicides Increase During The Holidays Is Dangerous

The CDC says it's a public health issue that should be addressed in all seasons.

 | Cat Sandoval

A patron smashes objects at a popular smash room.

Rage Rooms Feel Good, But They Might Make You More Stressed

Rooms where patrons pay to smash and break things to vent anger may seem like an healthy option this stressful time of year, but are they helpful?

 | Lindsey Theis