mental health

Medical exceptions to abortion bans often exclude mental health conditions

BY: - October 25, 2023

If you are in need of support, call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262) for free, confidential and 24/7 support, or dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. More than a dozen states now have near-total abortion bans following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, with limited medical exceptions meant to […]

How one West Virginia city is responding to the mental health needs of its first responders 

BY: - October 9, 2023

HUNTINGTON — After 20 years as a Huntington firefighter, there aren’t many places left in the city that don’t remind Captain Steve McCormick of something traumatic he witnessed while on duty.  “When the [Ritter Park] Rose Garden bridge up here was closed, I had to take a different route home, and just driving past certain […]

Facing a mental heath care shortage, new ‘rapid access’ initiative aims to help WV kids

BY: - August 23, 2023

A lack of child and adolescent psychiatrists in West Virginia has led to “alarmingly high wait times for mental health assessments and subsequent treatments,” according to state health leaders.  The lack of mental health access has pushed more kids nationwide to emergency rooms for care, which aren’t always equipped to help children in psychiatric distress. […]