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House passes bill to expand mental health benefits for first responders

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Public Safety Officer Support Act, introduced by Rep. David Trone (D-MD), with strong bipartisan support.


A child in a mental health crisis was abandoned: You’ll never guess by whom

A child in a mental health crisis was left in a doorway in front of the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents in Staunton early Saturday morning, and police are investigating.

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White House press secretary: Mass shootings are not about mental health

The right and its enablers in the news media prefer to shift the focus after mass shootings from the need for gun safety reform to mental health.

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Mental Health Awareness Month observance includes focus on farmer stress

During National Mental Health Awareness Month this May, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and other agricultural organizations are reminding farmers, farmworkers and rural residents that resources are available when they need help. 

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Chris Graham: I feel like if I’m not worrying, I’m letting something happen

The main thing I’m worrying about these days, oddly, is that, after six months of therapy, I’m not worrying about everything like I used to.

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Local NAMI president shares the story of her lifelong mental health journey

Renee Hall was taken out of her mother’s care at age 9 because of parental abuse. She bounced among family members until living in foster homes — seven in one year.


Breaking Strongholds features LivingWorks safeTALK training approach

Breaking Strongholds, a new streaming TV series, has partnered with LivingWorks to promote safeTALK training in Season 1, in order to incorporate life-saving suicide skills into the mystery drama.

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Virginia House of Delegates upholds Youngkin’s veto on juvenile justice vote

The Virginia House of Delegates voted Wednesday to uphold Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s veto on HB1197 – a youth justice bill that would have convened a workgroup to study the transfer of the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Secretary of Health & Human Resources.

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HHS offers new mental health, substance use disorder benefit resources

The Department of Health and Human Services has developed new, free informational resources that inform Americans of their rights under law on coverage for mental health benefits.

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Virginia Tech Drillfield exhibit seeks to end silence surrounding mental health

Sarah Choi hopes seeing an abundance of backpacks will help other Hokies know they don’t have to carry their burdens by themselves.

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‘Street Knowledge’: Mental health, Sunset Park, Elon Musk-Twitter

Today’s “Street Knowledge” podcast begins with the launch of Project Mental Health, a new initiative of Augusta Free Press aimed at increasing awareness of the resources available to help people deal with mental health struggles.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The mental health pressures that student-athletes face: The pressures we all face

Our worst fears when we first heard the news this week that JMU softball star Lauren Bernett had passed unexpectedly have been confirmed with the report that her death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.

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Chris Graham: Inside my lifelong battle with mental illness

I’m 49 years old, have had issues with mental illness all of my life, and only came to realize it, and own it, this past summer.

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Mental health screenings will help K-12 schools support social-emotional skills

Universal mental health screenings for children in schools K-12 will help address the growing concern of the mental health crisis among children and teens.

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Warner, Kaine announce $2.6M in federal funding for crisis hotline response

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2,642,519 in federal funding that will go towards improving call and text response rates at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Shenandoah LGBTQ+ Center hosting transgender, nonbinary health fair

The Shenandoah LGBTQ+ Center is hosting its second of three health and wellness fairs for specific subpopulations of the local LGBTQ+ community on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

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Griffith involved in bipartisan legislation to improve mental health services

Legislation to improve programs providing care and treatment for adult mental health, suicide prevention and substance abuse was a subject of a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing.

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Biden signs bill named for Charlottesville native who died by suicide

President Biden has signed Sen. Tim Kaine’s bipartisan Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, legislation to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals.


Legislation would help states beef up mental health crisis response

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34. More than 100,000 Americans have died from overdoses in the last 12 months. 


Shenandoah LGBTQ Center to host series of inclusive health & wellness fairs

The Shenandoah LGBTQ+ Center is hosting three health and wellness fairs for specific subpopulations of the local LGBTQ+ community.

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Augusta Health conducting triennial Community Health Needs Assessment

Augusta County residents may receive a phone call from Augusta Health’s survey firm, PRC Custom Research. 

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Hope: Local artist battles mental health illness and creates mural

Ellen Morris is the artist behind the mural at the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center in Lyndhurst.


VSCPA expands focus on the mental health of CPAs

The Virginia Society of CPAs continues to support the mental well-being of Virginia Certified Public Accountants by offering programs and resources to help professionals focus on the importance of self-care and cultivating positive workplaces.

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Camp Wahanowin speaks about fostering healthy relationships for children

By creating a safe environment, children can develop confidence and life-long friendships.

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Funding for Charlottesville nonprofit fills gap in mental health services

ReadyKids has experienced an increase in demand for behavioral health services for children, resulting in a waitlist for much needed services.