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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - IN: Mental Health

A move to reform the juvenile justice system by offering alternatives other than juvenile detention is now in its 25th year. (aecf.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Young people in trouble with the law in Indiana have benefited from an updated approach to juvenile justice. It's the 25th anniversary of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. Indiana was one of the first states to embrace it, and state Supreme

Gender-diverse teenagers say the depression they feel is often prompted by rejection by family members and bullying at school. (K. Paul)

INDIANAPOLIS – A report released this week on kids' health and well-being in Indiana shows the suicide rate remains high, and advocates for teens say the problem is especially pervasive for those who identify as LBGT. The new Kids Count Data Book lists suicide as the second-leading cause of de

Millions made a New Year's resolution on Sunday to get healthy. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – About 4 in 10 people make New Year's resolutions, but only a tiny fraction actually keep them. The top pledges center around health – losing weight, eating better, exercising more or quitting a bad habit such as drinking too much or smoking. Others include getting organi

Advocates say a lawsuit about prisoner treatment in Indiana has improved conditions behind bars. (whitehouse.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – From 80,000 to 100,000 inmates currently are segregated in prison cells nationwide for 22 to 24 hours a day, and many of them have mental illnesses that begin with isolation, or they have symptoms that are heightened because of it. A report put out this month by Amplifying Voice

One of the signs to look for to spot young victims of sex trafficking is depression. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Child protection advocates say some children in Indiana are being used as currency by sex traffickers, and also by their own parents. Like many crimes, juvenile sex trafficking often is connected to a heroin, methamphetamine or other addiction, and the Indiana Youth Institute

Children's advocates hope more families will take in the growing number of kids in foster care in Indiana. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Advocates for foster children say now is the time for people who may be considering becoming foster parents to step up - in Indiana, good homes for these kids are desperately needed. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) cites a big jump in the number of kids being removed

An online support group about grieving allows people to blog about their loss, and its organizers say that can help them heal. (#OnComingAlive)

VALPARAISO, Ind. - Sooner or later, each of us will experience that dagger in the heart called grief, but learning how to pick up the pieces and move on is the goal of several Indiana support groups. Amy Kowalisyn of Valparaiso lost a baby, Emma, in 2014, and founded an online charity with her hus

Researchers at the University of Illinois say green space is needed to keep people healthy, and it's especially true for kids. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – As the weather warms up and birds chirp and flowers bloom, don't forget to take some time to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Research shows it can make you feel better, inside and out. Frances Kuo, director of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the Universit

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