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Florida to Require Mental Health Classes in Public Schools Starting in Sixth Grade

Public schools will be required to teach students at least five hours of mental health instruction beginning in 6th grade, under a mandate approved by the state Board of Education Wednesday and hailed by Florida's top educator as a “life…
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The Startling Toll on Children Who Witness Domestic Violence is Just Now Being Understood

Witnessing abuse carries the same risk of harm to children's mental health and learning as if the children had been abused directly, new research shows. Read more.
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Chargers' Joe Barksdale Uses Guitar as Therapy in Battle with Depression

Joe Barksdale considered taking his life midway through last season. But when his mind meanders to a dark place, playing the guitar pulls him back into the light. Barksdale, 30, said playing guitar serves as a form of therapy to help him…
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Panthers' Hiring of a Mental Health Clinician is a 'Game-Changer'

In early August, Steve Smith revealed he had had bouts of depression while an active player with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. He talked about feeling "trapped, inferior and alone." Carolina's all-time leading receiver spoke…
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County Jails Struggle To Treat Mentally Ill Inmates

DeVonte Jones began to show signs of schizophrenia as a teenager. His first public episode was nine years ago at a ballgame at Wavering Park, in Quincy, Ill. "He snapped out and just went around and started kicking people," says Jones'…
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Mental Health Exam Could Loosen Restrictions for Hinckley - The San Francisco Chronicle

The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will soon undergo a new round of psychological tests before a court decides if he can live under fewer restrictions in a gated community in Virginia. John Hinckley Jr. left a Washington…
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Parents Who Suffered Severe Trauma Throughout Childhood More Likely to Have Behavioral Problems with Children - The Tech Times

A new study suggests that parents who suffered traumatic experiences throughout their childhood have a higher risk of mental health and behavioral problems later in life. The study also found that these problems can also affect their children. Read…
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What Happens When Schoolchildren Live in Violent Neighborhoods? The Effects are Broader than Previously Known, a Study Finds - The Washington Post

Researchers have shown — and teachers know — that schoolchildren exposed to neighborhood violence can have a tougher time learning, experiencing more stress and depression than their peers growing up in safe neighborhoods. But a Johns…
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Florida Law Requiring Students to Inform School Districts on Mental Health History is Problematic - The Orlando Sentinel

Has student ever been referred to mental health services? This is quite possibly the most loaded question any parent has been forced to answer on a school registration form. It’s also the most loaded question school districts have been…
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What Does a Criminal Law Attorney Need to Know About Psychosis?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Psychosis is a condition that distorts attunement with reality. Throughout the years, there have been many criminal cases involving this rather complex illness. Due to its nature as a mental…