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Jeffrey Epstein And Suicide In Prison

Aug 20, 2019
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The apparent prison suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has cast a spotlight on the incidence of suicide in prison, which has increased over the last decade.

Experts blame staffing shortages and a lack of access to quality mental health services.  

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: prison protocols for suicide prevention. 

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The Columbus Area Integrated Health Services closed last spring, leaving hundreds without care on the Near East Side. Soon they’ll have a new option for health services.

Disparities In Mental Health Services

Aug 15, 2019
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For 50 years, the now-defunct Columbus Area Integrated Health Services served the near east side of Columbus and its largely African-American community.

When the agency closed shop in the spring, hundreds of people who had relied on its services were left with few options. Two other agencies have joined forces to fill the void, but the impact illustrates a historic disparity in mental health services for black people. 

Today on All Sides, we talk about the history and how Columbus organizations are working to address the problem of disparities in mental health services. 

During a vigil for the victims from the recent mass shooting in Dayton, Gov. Mike DeWine's remarks were drowned out by those in the crowd imploring him to  "do something." And he has started to do something, rolling out a 17-point plan to reduce gun violence. Several parts of his plan address mental health.

It’s the middle of summer but Harrisburg Middle School is a hive of activity. Between summer school classes and renovations, it’s a little chaotic for counselor Brett Rawlings, who just wrapped up his first year at the school.

Harrisburg is a town of fewer than 300 people, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City. But the school also serves the surrounding area, which is primarily farmland. As the K-8 counselor, Rawlings is responsible for some 400 students, and he deals with a range of issues.


A group therapy room at SUN Behavioral Health.
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SUN Behavioral Health opens an in-patient adolescent facility in North Columbus on Monday.

Dayton officials and some Miami Valley health organizations are encouraging anyone struggling with depression or trauma after last Sunday’s mass shooting to seek help. 

They urge anyone struggling with difficult feelings to take care of their own health needs, saying this would also aid in the larger community's healing process.

Just two days after the Oregon District shooting, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and City Commissioner Chris Shaw stepped in front of cameras to address mental health as a part of the city’s recovery from its most recent tragedy.

President Trump went before cameras on Monday in highly anticipated remarks following the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas over the weekend. In his remarks at the White House, Trump used the words "domestic terrorism" and "white supremacy." He did not acknowledge his own rhetoric.

The president targeted violent video games and drew a connection between mass shootings and mental health, though the research does not back up his assertions.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, left, speaks alongside Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, right, during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton.
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Facing pressure to take action after the nation’s latest mass shooting, Gov. Mike DeWine urged Ohio’s GOP-led state legislature Tuesday to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.

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Earlier this year, police dispatchers in Evansville, Ind., received a chilling call. A man said he was holding his wife at knifepoint, and he warned police that he was heavily armed.

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When José moved his family to the U.S. from Mexico nearly two decades ago, he had hopes of giving his children a better life. But now he worries about the future of his 21-year-old-son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder last year.

Suicide In Law Enforcement

Jun 25, 2019
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The estimated number of U.S. law enforcment officers who died by suicide outnumbered those who died in the line of duty for the third straight year in 2018.

It's a growing issue in police department across the  country, but a lack of data and relunctance to admit it exists have only exacerbated the issue.

Today on All Sides, suicide in law enforcement and how police officers are trained to manage the job.

Thousands of posters popped up around Ohio State's campus detailing mental health resources, following a string of suicide attempts in 2018.
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Advocates are calling on the Ohio Senate to restore $36 million in funding for mental health and suicide prevention before they pass the state budget. That money was in the House budget but was cut in the Senate version.

The State Medical Board of Ohio has delayed  adding autism spectrum disorder and anxiety to the list of qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program.

The board met June 12 in Columbus to consider adding several new medical conditions to the program.

The 12-member board rejected petitions to include depression, insomnia and opioid use disorder in Ohio’s medical cannabis program, said board spokesman Tessie Pollack. However, the board tabled the vote on anxiety and autism spectrum disorder, Pollack said.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
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The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed a bill banning execution of people found to have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other severe mental illnesses at the time of their crime.

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