U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Many of the 3,300 jails across the U.S. have seen a rise in the number of inmates with serious mental illnesses, most arrested for nonviolent crimes. They have become in many cases, treatment centers of last resort. And they are awash in a tide ...

Golden Gate may get suicide barrier

Jun 24, 2014

Golden Gate may get suicide barrier

With $76 million in funding in place, officials said Monday they will consider a long-delayed proposal to build a suicide-prevention system on the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District announced that its board of directors is set to vote ...

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

| Jun 24, 2014

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

A deadly shooting spree by a South Korean military serviceman has once again raised questions over the wisdom of deploying young, inexperienced and often unprepared conscripts along the world’s last Cold War frontier. It is still unclear what caused the 22-year-old sergeant, identified only ...

May 27, 2014

France's white-collar workers face stress, even suicide, at the office

France’s white-collar workers are facing an increasing number of “brutal” psychological risks in the workplace, critics say, citing workplace pressure and harassment. Despite its famously generous labor laws, France is also witnessing depression, long-term illnesses, professional burnout and even suicide among its service sector ...

Feb 19, 2014

In prisons, solitary takes toll on minds

Robert King sat, slept and ate every meal alone in a cramped cell at Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison for 29 long and lonely years. His eyesight failed from lack of stimulation, but King insists his resolve to fight the injustice of solitary confinement never ...