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Devices, Bad for Teens? Now They Might Help

Patterns of smartphone use could indicate changes in mental health

(Newser) - Rising suicide rates and depression in US teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of... More »

One City's Police Suicide Rate Raises Alarms

Chicago just saw its fifth police suicide in 6 months

(Newser) - Facing high suicide rates, Chicago police have decided to make a change. The fifth Chicago police suicide over the past six months—another self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday—only reinforced the need for officers to have access to better psychological counseling and support, NBC News reports. "Police officers think,... More »

Ariana, Celebs Rally Around 'Suicidal' Pete Davidson

Saturday Night Live star posts grim Instagram message

(Newser) - Is Pete Davidson on the brink? The Saturday Night Live star posted online missives Saturday that touch on mental health and suicide, per TMZ . "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore," writes the 25-year-old on Instagram. "I'm doing my best to stay... More »

Lady Gaga Reveals Shocking List of Mental-Health Woes

She calls mental health a 'crisis of epic proportions'

(Newser) - "I'm telling you this because for me it was too late." So said Lady Gaga at a fundraiser Thursday about her ongoing mental-health battles, People reports. While accepting an award at the SAG-AFTRA Patron of the Artists Award event in Beverly Hills, Calif., the 32-year-old performer said... More »

Lawyer on Mail Bomb Suspect: 'He Just Won't See Reality'

Estranged family of Cesar Sayoc and their attorney say they've long begged him to get help

(Newser) - As authorities try to pin down a motive in what the New York Times calls Cesar Sayoc's alleged "spree of bubble-wrapped terror," members of his estranged family are trying to convince him to seek mental health care and retain a good lawyer. Sayoc—who CNN notes is... More »

Selena Gomez in Treatment After Hospital 'Meltdown': Reports

Sources tell TMZ, 'People' that singer had an 'emotional breakdown' tied to her health

(Newser) - Selena Gomez has reportedly had some medical issues over the past few weeks, and they may have led to what TMZ is calling an "emotional breakdown." Sources tell the site the 26-year-old singer is currently at an East Coast psychiatric center after two reported visits to Cedars-Sinai Medical... More »

Selfie Lovers Start 'Alarming' Surgical Trend

Article in JAMA medical journal calls it 'Snapchat Dysmorphia'

(Newser) - Think you look better in your latest selfie than in real life? Then beware of "Snapchat dysmorphia," a newly dubbed term for people seeking plastic surgery to mimic their appearance in filtered selfies, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Sometimes I have patients who say, 'I want... More »

Officials Let Woman, 29, Kill Herself With Poison

Aurelia Brouwers applied for legal euthanasia in the Netherlands

(Newser) - Aurelia Brouwers tried to kill herself many times, and ultimately succeeded—with the government's help. The 29-year-old Dutch woman won the right to die after squeaking through an approval process that usually denies psychiatric cases, the BBC reports. "When I was 12, I suffered from depression," she... More »

Ex-GOP Leader Is Charged With a Sad, Strange Crime

Todd Kincannon, 37, is hospitalized after allegedly killing his mother's dog

(Newser) - The former head of South Carolina's Republican Party has continued his downward spiral by allegedly butchering his mother's dog and saying God told him to do it, the State reports. Police say Todd Kincannon, 37, choked and stabbed his mother's 10-year-old cattle/beagle mix at his parents' Greenville... More »

WHO's Newest Mental Health Disorder: Obsessive Gaming

But parents shouldn't freak out just yet

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may actually have an addiction. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the UN health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, per the AP . WHO said classifying "gaming disorder"... More »

She Wanted to Die. Then Something Changed

A teenager found purpose when she began developing mental health apps

(Newser) - For anyone struggling with anxiety or grinding depression, Amanda Southworth has a story to tell. She had moved to a new town where she had no friends and was bullied. She was depressed and anxious. She dreamed of killing herself. She even sent an email to her future self that... More »

Autopsy Confirms Kate Spade's Cause of Death

Designer committed suicide by hanging herself with a scarf

(Newser) - All signs pointed to suicide in the death of fashion icon Kate Spade, and the New York City medical examiner's office confirmed that on Thursday, reports the Daily News . The office ruled that the 55-year-old took her own life by hanging inside her apartment on Park Avenue. The confirmation... More »

Here's What Mass Attackers Have in Common

64% showed mental health symptoms before 2017 attacks: Secret Service

(Newser) - Almost two-thirds of assailants who carried out 28 mass attacks on US soil in 2017 showed symptoms of mental illness before the attacks. And that wasn't the only commonality, according a Secret Service report released Tuesday, per USA Today . It examines mass attacks last year in public places like... More »

He Almost Shot Up a School. Here's What Stopped Him

An assault weapons ban and ... love

(Newser) - After the Parkland school shooting, Colorado father of four Aaron Stark listened as his wife and daughter discussed the massacre of 17 people. "They could not understand what could make someone do this. Sadly, I can," Stark writes in a letter to KUSA . "I was almost a... More »

What We'll Learn From Trump's Physical —and What We Won't

His mental health won't be under review, says White House

(Newser) - President Trump heads to a doctor Friday for his presidential physical , with the results to be released afterward. But the exam won't touch on the current presidential health issue du jour—the question of Trump's mental fitness. Unlike the average 71-year-old, Trump will not undergo mental health checks... More »

Report: Yale Psychiatrist Spoke With Lawmakers About Trump

Politico reports Yale psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee was in DC for 2 days

(Newser) - Yale University psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee has President Trump's mind on her mind. She entered the spotlight in the fall with the October release of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book she edited that collected assessments from 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts on the... More »

Low on Recruits, Army Expands Mental Health Waivers

Recruits with history of self-harm, drug abuse now have a chance

(Newser) - The Army, facing the challenge of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers by September next year, has opened the door to people with mental health issues that would have prevented them from signing up in the past. According to documents obtained by USA Today , the Army will now consider granting waivers... More »

Pope: Female Psychotherapist Helped 'Clarify Some Things'

Francis saw her when he was 42, back when he was just plain old Jorge Bergoglio

(Newser) - Pope Francis says that when he was 42 he had sessions weekly with a psychoanalyst who was female and Jewish to "clarify some things." It wasn't specified what the future pontiff wanted to explore, the AP notes. The revelation came in a dozen conversations Francis had with... More »

Feeling Depressed? Google Might Be Able to Help Out

Users have the option to fill out a questionnaire

(Newser) - Only about half of people who are depressed seek treatment, and Google says it wants to help. The company is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Health to deploy a tool the groups hope will encourage those at risk of depression to seek help, reports Forbes . The set-up is... More »

The Girls Made a Suicide Pact. Now 3 Have Followed Through

Wapekeka First Nation declares state of emergency

(Newser) - A simple text saying goodbye. That was the last anyone heard from 12-year-old Jenera Roundsky, who committed suicide in Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario on June 13. Jenera had been part of a suicide pact made by young girls in the community of 400 Oji-Cree, which suffered the suicides... More »

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