Mental Health

As colleges and universities across the country report an explosion of mental health problems, a new book argues that college life may be more stressful than ever. Dr. Anthony Rostain, co-author of The Stressed Years of Their Lives, notes that today's college students are experiencing an "inordinate amount of anxiety" — much of it centered on "surviving college and doing well."

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs announce the latest round of priority legislation.
Ohio Public Radio

For the third time in three weeks, Republicans and Democrats in the Ohio House have teamed up to announce legislation they’re working on that they consider priorities.

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

A bill now in Ohio's Legislature would prevent people convicted of aggravated murder from being sentenced to the death penalty, if they are found to have had a "serious mental illness" at the time of the offense.

Former Columbus Area staffers at a recent job fair.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Former staffers from Columbus Area Integrated Health Services walk from booth to booth, surveying materials from various employers and service providers. The hastily-arranged job fair aims to connect workers with new positions after organization’s sudden closure two weeks ago.

Julie Callahan shows a picture of her family, including her son Jackson, who is non-verbal autistic. She says relinquishing custody was the last option left.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

In Ohio, parents of children with severe mental health issues sometimes face an excruciating decision: To get their child costly care, they must sign over custody to the state. Now those parents are fighting for change, and a chunk of Gov. Mike Dewine’s budget.

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A long-serving East Side mental health and substance abuse treatment provider has folded, furloughing workers and forcing some 1,500 patients to find new care.

Peter Nunn is 32 and he's happy. He lives just outside Atlanta with his husband Monte, his dog Amelie, and their cat Hollow.

The dining room is decorated with a photo gallery wall of family — his husband dancing with his mother at their wedding and pictures of the couple. But it took a long time and work to get to a place where Nunn said he accepted and loved himself.

As a gay man, Nunn said, his father tried to change him.

Inmates With Mental Illness

Apr 26, 2019
This Jan. 8, 2001. file photo shows the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) in Youngstown, Ohio, the state's highest security prison.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

More than half of all inmates in the U.S. suffer from some kind of mental illness. 

But managing mental health treatments in prisons remains a challenge across the country, including Ohio, where the problems are exacerbated by overcrowding and a shortage of mental health professionals.

Today on All Sides, the quality of care for inmates with mental illness.

The Gender Imbalance In Autism

Apr 25, 2019

Girls on the autism spectrum are diagnosed later and less often than boys.

They’re referred to as lost girls, a term researchers use to describe girls who’ve been misdiagnosed or overlooked. When the research ignores the girls, who tend to exhibit different traits than boys, those girls fall through the cracks

Today on All Sides, the gender imbalance in autism.

Kazito Kalima was 14 at the start of the Rwandan genocide. Over just a few months in 1994, hundreds of thousands of Tutsi people in his country were killed, including most of his family.

Researcher interacting with a dog.
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dogs may be man's best friend, but owning any companion animal can be beneficial for both your mental and physical health. 

Research has shown that pets help their owners produce mood-changing serotonin and oxytocin. And animal-assisted therapy has become an accepted practice around the country.

Today on All Sides, we discuss how pets help us to be happier and more.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday morning to approve a resolution continuing a youth mental health initiative.

Updated at 3:45 p.m.

A study published Thursday in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds the percentage of U.S. teens and young adults reporting mental distress, depression and suicidal thoughts and actions has risen significantly over the past decade. While these problems also increased among adults 26 and older, the increase was not nearly as large as among younger people.

Much of the focus by the Veterans Health Administration has been on the growing number of younger veterans who commit suicide. However, statistics show that the suicide rate for elderly veterans is higher than that of non-veterans of the same age.

Robert Neilson was drafted in 1961. He spent two years in the Army just before the Vietnam War. Three years ago, the 76-year-old came into the VA Hospital in San Diego after contemplating suicide.

The DeWine administration's public health cabinet is acknowledged at the State of the State address on March 5, 2019 at the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

In his State of the State speech, Governor Mike DeWine said he will have a team of cabinet members dedicated to dealing with public health including opioid abuse, mental health services and the health of families. That idea is getting good reviews right now.

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