Rhitu Chatterjee

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Mental health workers say they plan to strike

Friday, August 12, 2022

Two thousand Kaiser mental health workers plan to go on strike Monday. They say Kaiser has failed to follow California law and make sure patients with mental health needs are given prompt care.


A 'staggering' number of people couldn't get care during the pandemic, poll finds

Monday, August 08, 2022

Insured or not, one in five said they couldn't get treated for serious illness, while preventive and elective procedures were neglected. Disruptions in care hit Black and Native Americans the hardest.


Losing a parent can derail teens' lives. A high school grief club aims to help

Sunday, July 24, 2022

After finding she had ten bereaved kids in her class, one Florida teacher created a teen grief group. It's a place where kids can support each other and feel they're not alone.


U.S. death toll from drug overdoses is rising fast among Black and Indigenous people

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Drug overdoses are killing more people than ever in the U.S., and a new CDC report finds growing racial disparities among those who have died — with the largest increase among Black Americans.


Calling 988 in the U.S. will now get you help for a mental health crisis

Saturday, July 16, 2022

The U.S. has a new mental health crisis line - 988. It's intended to replace the national suicide hotline, but funding issues could mean it takes a while for the line to be up-to-speed.


The new 988 mental health hotline is live. Here's what to know

Friday, July 15, 2022

Mental health advocates hope the new hotline will make it easier to get support if you're in crisis or helping someone who is. Here's how it works and what could stand in its way.


The new 3-digit suicide hotline number is launching this weekend. Are states ready?

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

A simpler suicide hotline launches July 16. The three digits are meant to be easy for those in a mental health crisis to remember and dial. But most states aren't prepared to meet the volume of calls.


Identifying with their pain, a teacher made a club for students who've lost a parent

Friday, July 08, 2022

A Florida teacher realized kids were not getting help with the trauma of losing a parent, so she created a "club" where students can share their feelings with others going through the same thing.


CDC OKs vaccinations for children 6 months to 5 years old

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky has cleared the way for the roll out of vaccines for children five years and under as early as this coming week.


CDC clears the way for vaccinations for children 6 months to 5 years old

Saturday, June 18, 2022

CDC advisers are recommending the use of two separate COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest children made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, paving the way for vaccine rollout as early as next week.


When teens threaten violence, a community responds with compassion

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

A growing number of schools have adopting an evidence-based approach to preventing violence on their campuses. The plan recognizes that a student contemplating violence is a student in crisis.


Can potential teen shooters be guided away from an act of violence?

Thursday, May 26, 2022

For many of the young people who've opened fire in schools, the path to violence has common traits. Psychologists and researchers have developed a body of study on the topic.


Overdose deaths continued to rise in 2021, reaching historic highs

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that synthetic opioid use is driving the overdose crisis in the U.S.


Race can impact the medical treatment a person gets. Pediatrics wants to address that

Thursday, May 05, 2022

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling to end "race-based medicine," wherein doctors sometimes use race as a factor to determine what treatment patients receive.


New report reveals COVID's toll on the mental health of frontline doctors and nurses

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

A new report details the economic, mental and physical health of healthcare workers. Much of the workforce is struggling with symptoms of burnout, anxiety and trauma and want to leave the profession.


It's time to screen all kids for anxiety, physicians' task force recommends

Sunday, April 17, 2022

In light of the growing kids' mental health crisis, the group says it's crucial to identify kids who are struggling. The advice doesn't call for suicide screening, which many experts think is needed.


Screening kids for anxiety and depression early on could help stop crises, panel says

Friday, April 15, 2022

An advisory committee has issued its draft recommendations to screen kids earlier for anxiety and depression. Experts say this will help children get help before things escalate into a crisis.


Teen overdose deaths rose recently, largely due to fentanyl

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

A new study says that even though teen drug use in the U.S. went down during the pandemic, overdose deaths rose significantly during 2020-21. The vast majority of these deaths were caused by fentanyl.


Teen drug overdose deaths rose sharply in 2020, driven by fentanyl-laced pills

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

While adult overdoses surged in the last decades, teens hadn't seen the same kind of death rates. But now fatal overdoses nearly doubled in one year and continued to rise in 2021.


A nurse's death raises the alarm about the profession's mental health crisis

Thursday, March 31, 2022

After nearly two years of grueling shifts treating COVID patients, a group of nurses lost one of their closest friends to suicide. They're determined not to let others fall through the cracks.