Second teen accused in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing case gets 40 years of institutional care

Second teen accused in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing case gets 40 years of institutional care

The second of the two teen girls, accused of the 2014 attempted homicide of their classmate, got 40 years supervision under a mental health institution. Morgan Geyser, a 15-year-old girl from Wisconsin, was charged with stabbing her friend in the woods to curry favor with Slender Man, a fictional online horror character. Continue reading

Singer Coleman Hell opens up about his struggle with mental health

Singer Coleman Hell opens up about his struggle with mental health

Even though his career was doing well and seemed to be heading toward greater successes in life, 28-year-old Coleman Hell was still unhappy. His electronic single “2 Heads” was in great demand on the mainstream radio and he had secured two Juno Award nominations. It was like his dreams were coming true, so where was the feeling of depression creeping in from? Continue reading

Candy Chang, an artist who gives voice to vulnerabilities lying within an individual

Candy Chang, an artist who gives voice to vulnerabilities lying within an individual

The old adage – when life gives you lemons, make lemonade – holds true for TVB actress Candy Chang, who has a unique knack to turn anxiety and fear into public art. The second runner-up in the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2010 is the brain behind the immensely popular Before I Die series, a traveling chalkboard wall where passersby could share their wishes with the world. Continue reading

New York schools to impart mental health education to children from July 2018

New York schools to impart mental health education to children from July 2018

As a much-needed step in the direction of removing the stigma associated with mental disorders, elementary, middle and high schools across New York will be required to include mental health education in their health curriculum, effective July 1, 2018. After years of tireless legislative backing by the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS), a nonprofit, New York lawmakers have finally responded to the call. The initiative would make New York the first state in the U.S. to impart mental health education in schools. Continue reading

Man dies in custody after taunted by cops for faking mental illness and denied treatment

Man dies in custody after taunted by cops for faking mental illness and denied treatment

The latest video footage shared by the Cleveland County jail and Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department in Oklahoma shows the callousness of police officers toward a man suffering from mental illness who later died in custody. As per police records, on Jan. 16, 2018, Marconia Kessee (35) was arrested by Master Police Officer Kyle Canaan and Officer Daniel Brown for trespassing at Norman Regional Hospital. According to the officers, Kessee was arrested on grounds of his refusal to leave the hospital post his treatment. Found to be medically fit for incarceration by the doctors, Kessee, however, died two hours later in a cell at the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center. Continue reading

No more solitary confinement for Ontario’s prisoners with mental illness

No more solitary confinement for Ontario’s prisoners with mental illness

The Government of Ontario in Canada and the Human Rights Commission of the province have signed an agreement to discontinue the practice of placing inmates with mental illnesses in solitary confinement, except under exceptional circumstances. The process of tracking and gradually ending the practice will begin with immediate effect. The accord order, issued by the Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal, will apply to all 26 correctional facilities across the province. Continue reading

Man with schizophrenia who killed his mother pleads guilty

Man with schizophrenia who killed his mother pleads guilty

The 31-year-old man who took the life of his mother in her Lower Makefield Township home in 2016  has “pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder”. On Jan. 22, 2018, Zachary Cope confessed that his mental illness had made him see his mother Rebecca Cope as an enemy that made him attack and stab her multiple times in the kitchen. He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Continue reading

#DamWorthIt initiative aims to remove stigma associated with mental health in colleges

#DamWorthIt initiative aims to remove stigma associated with mental health in colleges

College athletics are competitive and can be nerve-wracking. Students competing in University championships fight for the trophy, putting their life at stake. In many instances, the winner or winning team not only catapults to instant fame within the college or the University, but also secures seat in an Ivy League college. Many of the good colleges in America give due importance to extracurricular activities and consider admissions based on good performance in a sport.  Continue reading

UK gets new loneliness minister

UK gets new loneliness minister

The British government on Jan. 17, 2018, decided to appoint a minister for loneliness to deal with the growing problem of loneliness across the country. The initiative can be rightly attributed to efforts of Jo Cox, the Labor Party lawmaker who met her brutal end at the hands of a far right activist in 2016. Shortly before her killing, Cox had set up a commission to look into the issue of loneliness, which was taking a heavy toll on the mental health of people nationwide. Continue reading

Pineapple Fund pledges $4 million to MDMA research

Pineapple Fund pledges $4 million to MDMA research

Pineapple Fund, the $86 million Bitcoin charity started by an anonymous donor, has pledged $4 million to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) till March 10, 2018. The donation would be of great help to the nonprofit research organization, which is in want of fund to start the next phase of the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading