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Public News Service - TN: Mental Health

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Suicide rates in Tennessee are on the increase across all age groups, just as a new Netflix series features a story line about a teenager who takes her life in the first episode. The show "13 Reasons Why" is prompting numerous mental-health groups to express concerns about

Tennessee ranks fifth in the country in terms of money-related stress, according to research firm WalletHub. (aaayyymm eeelectrik/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Feeling stressed out these days? You're not alone. A recent national survey ranks Tennessee the ninth most stressed state in the country - when taking into account family, health, work and money considerations. However, the analysis by research firm WalletHub ranks the state fift

Rutherford County now is temporarily prevented from holding juveniles in solitary confinement until a lawsuit is resolved. (Hannah/flickr.com)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Tennessee counties may be reconsidering their use of solitary confinement for juveniles after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Rutherford County from subjecting youths to isolation cells. The ruling comes as a result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of

Tennessee friends and family members of opioid addicts now will have greater access to Naloxone, known to be able to reverse the fatal effects of an overdose. (Governor Tom Wolf/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 1,200 Tennesseans died from opioid overdose in 2014 - the most recent year with data available. But the availability of a new drug on the market means that many of those deaths could be prevented in the future. Naloxone - also known as Narcan - counters the life-threa

The new plan from the 3-Star Health Task Force will help close the coverage gap in Tennessee, if the plan is passed by the State Assembly and signed by the governor. (health care/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There is new hope for the 280,000 Tennesseans currently in the coverage gap - making too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to afford insurance on their own through the Health Exchange. The state's 3-Star Health Task Force released its plan late last week to use a two-pha

More than a half million people in Tennessee are living with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who is. (Smantha Ing/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As many as half a million Tennesseans are living with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who is, but advocates say it's been at least 10 years since a new drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and released for public use. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awarene

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Tennesseans are encouraged to seek professional help if they feel stress, sadness or other emotions they feel unable to cope with. (WanMohd/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May is Mental Health Awareness Month and experts are reminding Tennesseans about the importance of checking in on the psychological health of themselves and their loved ones. One in five adults experiences some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Al

Several national organizations are protesting a bill that would allow counselors in Tennessee to deny service based on their religious beliefs. (AlachuaCounty/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow counselors to deny services and refer clients based on the provider's religious beliefs. The bill, HB 1840, is prompting such national groups as the American Counseling Association (ACA) and American Foundation for

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