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New York mayor says NYPD and first responders may unwittingly engage people in mental health crisis

new York CNN — New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday ordered first responders to enforce a state law that allows them to potentially involuntarily commit people experiencing a mental health crisis as part of an effort to address concerns about homelessness and crime. Adams said it’s a myth that first responders can only …

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The Covid-19 public health emergency has been extended in the US

CNN — The Biden administration on Friday extended the Covid-19 public health emergency for another three months. US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra officially renewed the declaration, extending it until October 13, 2022. The emergency declaration has been in effect since January 2020, and the latest renewal comes as the Omicron BA.5 …

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Study finds ‘huge’ increase in children going to emergency room with suicidal thoughts

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or visit the helpline’s website. CNN — There has been a steady rise in the number of children being seen in emergency departments for suicidal thoughts, according to a new …

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Vanderbilt Transgender Health Clinic suspends gender confirmation surgeries on minors

CNN — Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s transgender clinic in Nashville has suspended gender-affirmation surgeries on patients under the age of 18, a top executive at the center told a Tennessee lawmaker on Friday. Tennessee Republican Rep. Jason Zachary — who has asked VUMC to permanently end sex-confirmation surgeries on minors — posted a letter to …

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90% of US adults say mental health is a crisis in the United States, CNN/KFF poll shows

CNN — An overwhelming majority of people in the United States believe the country is experiencing a mental health crisis, according to a new CNN poll in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nine in 10 adults said they believe there is a mental health crisis in the U.S. today. Asked to rate the seriousness …

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The flu is ‘picking up speed’ in the US as health officials prepare for a potentially severe season

CNN — American health officials are growing concerned about this year’s flu season — and are already seeing signs that the virus is spreading. As the 2022-23 flu season begins, a California high school faces a “high number of absences” among students due to possible cases of the flu. Influenza activity in the United States …

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Vanderbilt Transgender Health Clinic suspends gender confirmation surgeries on minors

CNN — Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s transgender clinic in Nashville has suspended gender-affirmation surgeries on patients under the age of 18, a top executive at the center told a Tennessee lawmaker on Friday. Tennessee Republican Rep. Jason Zachary — who has asked VUMC to permanently end sex-confirmation surgeries on minors — posted a letter to …

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Vanderbilt Transgender Health Clinic suspends gender confirmation surgeries on minors

CNN — Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s transgender clinic in Nashville has suspended gender-affirmation surgeries on patients under the age of 18, a top executive at the center told a Tennessee lawmaker on Friday. Tennessee Republican Rep. Jason Zachary — who has asked VUMC to permanently end sex-confirmation surgeries on minors — posted a letter to …

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