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Mental health workers at Twin Cities hospitals plan second strike

Mental health workers at Twin Cities hospitals plan second strike

A looming strike by 400 Twin Cities mental health workers underscores the strain hospitals are under as patients with complex psychiatric conditions crowd emergency departments and inpatient beds. A chronic shortage of psychiatric beds in Minnesota has forced hospitals to house mental health crisis patients in their emergency rooms for hours, days, and even weeks. …

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Guns lead to rising suicide rates in US cities

Guns lead to rising suicide rates in US cities

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and it brings bad news about the relationship between guns and suicide. The first-ever city-level analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on firearm deaths found that the rate of firearm suicides increased by 11% between 2014 and 2020. Firearm homicide rates also increased over the …

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