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Between rising rates of suicide, depression and men simply dropping out of the workforce, are American men facing a crisis of masculinity?

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Clermont County hosts its annual Suicide Awareness Day candlelight vigil on Tuesday and the health department released some startling statistics ahead of it.

A new study finds that a program based in Louisville, Kentucky is having a positive impact on military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

The results published in the Journal of Veterans Studies show that veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury report an improved psychological outlook after participating in ‘Dancing Well: The Soldier Project.’ 

Dance educator Deborah Denenfeld offered the first version of the program in 2010 at the suggestion of a psychiatrist at Fort Knox, who thought it might help improve memory in veterans with these combat-related issues.

In 2014 Denenfeld launched the 10-week version Dancing Well in Louisville. It's essentially a community barn dance, slowed down and adapted to the physical and emotional comfort levels of this particular group of veterans.


Could it happen here? It's a question a lot of people ask in the wake of a traumatic event.

Even if you're not directly connected to the events in El Paso, Gilroy or Dayton, chances are you've felt the weight of them.

Dayton officials and some Miami Valley health organizations are encouraging anyone struggling with depression or trauma after last Sunday’s mass shooting to seek help. 

They urge anyone struggling with difficult feelings to take care of their own health needs, saying this would also aid in the larger community's healing process.

Just two days after the Oregon District shooting, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and City Commissioner Chris Shaw stepped in front of cameras to address mental health as a part of the city’s recovery from its most recent tragedy.

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A 23-year-old woman is recovering from a gunshot wound and under a psychiatric hold after a brief standoff with Cincinnati Police Tuesday. The woman called 911 from the 300 block of Crestline in East Price Hill and said she was feeling suicidal.

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The majority of individuals with serious mental illness express the desire to work, yet their employment rates are estimated to be 22%, with little more than half of that percentage working full-time.

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People with mental illness face heightened dangers when interacting with law enforcement. These encounters create high-situations for both the individuals and the officers, and can end in severe injuries or death. And police officers are increasingly the ones responding to people with mental illnesses who are in crisis.

The Senate budget passed unanimously this week does not include $36 million that mental health and suicide prevention advocates were hoping would be restored.  That money would been split between treatment and prevention for kids and anti-stigma multi-media campaigns.

Across the United States, parents of children with severe mental health issues can face an excruciating decision: If they can't afford costly healthcare, they may have to sign over custody to the state. That way, the government will pay for the child's care. Now those parents are fighting for change, and a chunk of Ohio's budget.

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A local Sharonville business hopes to give people techniques to reduce stress during Mental Health Awareness month.

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According to the National Stepping Up Initiative, in the U.S. approximately 2 million times each year, people who have serious mental illnesses are admitted to jails. These individuals often don't receive appropriate, or any, treatment, and, upon release, are at a higher risk of re-incarceration than those without mental illnesses.

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There are tens of thousands of mental health mobile apps, with new ones coming and going every day. Miami University researchers looked at studies about those apps - and hundreds of apps themselves - to learn whether they're helping or hurting people.

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A pilot program is underway at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County where social service agencies are handing out literature to people who might need help with mental health, addiction recovery and other services.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness says about two million people with mental illnesses are booked into jails every year.

But most counties aren’t properly equipped to treat those people while they’re in custody. The problem is especially big in Indiana, where many jails are housing far more inmates than they are supposed to. 

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In Ohio and across the country, jails are becoming defacto hospitals with more than 30 percent of inmates suffering from mental illness. The national program Stepping Up will now include Hamilton County after county commissioners voted to enhance existing efforts late last year.

Yvonne Martin keeps detailed notes of two years in her life. It starts on March 1, 2016. That’s the day her son, Daniel, first ran away from the family’s home near Evansville, Ind.

He was 13.

Stress is a normal part of life. And there’s even such thing as a “good” level of stress that keeps us going, according to psychology researchers Sanda and Florin Dolcos at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

But severe stress can interfere with day-to-day living, and this can be particularly challenging during the holiday season, they say.

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The September 6 shooting at the Fifth Third Center at Fountain Square left four people, including the shooter, dead, and two more wounded. But even people who were there that did not suffer physical harm during the shooting may be experiencing lasting emotional effects.

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A third of Dayton's police force is part of a pilot study to reduce stress using brain stimulation. One hundred  officers are now in the fourth week of a six-week study for the therapy, already proven effective in both civilians and military.

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