Counseling News

This digest collects some of the latest news in the world of mental health. The counseling profession continues to develop in response to the world, and this is what’s happening in the world right now. To help you find the news you’re most interested in, we have organized the content in this digest by topic. Each story is introduced with an excerpt from the article, edited for clarity. We share these stories in this digest with you to spark thought and conversation. NBCC does not endorse the viewpoints or accuracy of these stories and news outlets.

Week of February 12–16, 2024

Published: 2/16/2024

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health issues, abortion and mental health, gun violence and mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, Medicaid redetermination, gender-affirming care, and State policy.

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Week of February 5–9, 2024

Published: 2/9/2024

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health issues, older adult behavioral health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, workforce issues, social isolation, social determinants, and gender-affirming care.

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Week of January 29–February 2, 2024

Published: 2/2/2024

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health issues, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, workforce issues, 988 hotline, health insurance, gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of January 22–26, 2024

Published: 1/26/2024

Key topics covered during this period focus on youth mental health issues, climate change, aging issues, gun safety issues, abortion restrictions and mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, health insurance, Medicaid redetermination, and gender-affirming care.

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Week of January 15–19, 2024

Published: 1/19/2024

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health issues, veteran’s issues, gun safety issues, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, climate change, 988 hotline, health insurance, gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of December 18–22, 2023

Published: 12/22/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health issues, aging issues, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, health insurance, gender-affirming care, Medicaid redetermination, and state policy.

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Week of December 11–15, 2023

Published: 12/15/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, aging issues, gun violence and mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, health insurance and health care costs, LGTBQ issues, Medicaid redetermination, and federal policy.

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Week of December 4–8, 2023

Published: 12/8/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, aging issues, gun violence and mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, social isolation and loneliness, health insurance, research, Medicaid redetermination, and federal and state policy.

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Week of Nov. 27–Dec. 1, 2023

Published: 12/1/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, veterans and military mental health, gun violence and mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, 988 Hotline, social isolation and loneliness, health insurance, research, and state policy.

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Week of November 20–24, 2023

Published: 11/24/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, 988 Hotline, climate change, and Medicaid redetermination.

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Week of November 13–17, 2023

Published: 11/17/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, veterans and military mental health issues, gun violence and mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, climate change, social isolation, research, and Medicaid redetermination.

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Week of Oct. 30–Nov. 3, 2023

Published: 11/3/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, veteran’s mental health, health care worker burnout, gun violence, 988 Hotline, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, social isolation, climate change, research, gender-affirming care, and federal policy.

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Week of October 23–27, 2023

Published: 10/27/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, veteran’s mental health, health care worker burnout, gun violence, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, social determinants, health insurance and medical debt, research, Medicaid redetermination, and gender-affirming care.

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Week of October 16–20, 2023

Published: 10/20/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, mental health and aging, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, health insurance and medical debt, and research.

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Week of October 9–13, 2023

Published: 10/13/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, the 988 Hotline, climate change and mental health, Medicaid redetermination, and gender-affirming care.

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Week of October 2–6, 2023

Published: 10/6/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, military mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, and gender-affirming care.

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Week of September 25–29, 2023

Published: 9/29/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, health insurance, research, Medicaid redetermination, gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of September 18–22, 2023

Published: 9/22/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, veterans’ mental health, Native Americans’ mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, social isolation, gun violence, research, health insurance, Medicaid redetermination, gender-affirming care, and federal/state/judicial policy.

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Week of September 11–15, 2023

Published: 9/15/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, the 988 Hotline, social isolation, social determinants, bans on gender-afforming care, Medicaid redetermination, and federal and state policy.

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Week of September 4–8, 2023

Published: 9/8/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, veterans’ mental health, the opioid crisis, the 988 Hotline, social isolation, climate change, research, and federal and state policy.

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Week of August 28–Sept. 1, 2023

Published: 9/1/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun safety, climate change, social determinants, Medicaid Redetermination, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of August 21–25, 2023

Published: 8/25/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, older adult mental health issues, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun safety, climate change and social determinants, health insurance and health care costs, Medicaid Redetermination, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of August 14–18, 2023

Published: 8/18/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health issues, older adult mental health issues, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, Medicaid Redetermination, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of August 7–11, 2023

Published: 8/11/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the 988 Hotline, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, Veterans and mental health, health insurance, Medicaid Redetermination, research, and state bans on gender-affirming care.

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Week of July 31–August 4, 2023

Published: 8/4/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the 988 Hotline, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun safety, climate change and social determinants, health insurance, Medicaid Redetermination, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of July 24–28, 2023

Published: 7/28/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, research articles, the opioid crisis, the 988 Hotline, mental health equity, gun safety, climate change, health insurance, Medicaid Redetermination, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of July 17–21, 2023

Published: 7/21/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, mental health and aging issues, the opioid crisis, the 988 Hotline, climate change, health insurance, Medicaid Redetermination, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of July 10–14, 2023

Published: 7/14/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, mental health and aging, workforce issues, the opioid crisis, the 988 Hotline, health insurance, Medicaid redetermination, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of July 3–7, 2023

Published: 7/7/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, gun violence, the opioid crisis, social determinants, research, health insurance and health care costs, and state bans on gender-affirming care.

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Week of June 26–30, 2023

Published: 6/30/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, maternal mental health issues, workforce issues, gun violence, the opioid crisis, social determinants, health insurance, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal and state policy.

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Week of June 19–23, 2023

Published: 6/23/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the impact of the pandemic, the opioid crisis, the 988 hotline, mental health equity, telehealth, climate change, social determinants, health care spending, Medicaid redetermination efforts, and state bans on gender-affirming care.

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Week of June 12–16, 2023

Published: 6/16/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, older adult mental health, workforce burnout, the opioid crisis, the 988 hotline, health insurance and spending, Medicaid redetermination efforts, state bans on gender-affirming care, and federal policy.

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Week of June 5–9, 2023

Published: 6/9/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the impact of the pandemic, the opioid crisis, climate change, state bans on gender-affirming care, Medicaid redetermination efforts, and federal policy.

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Week of May 22–26, 2023

Published: 5/26/2023

Key topics covered during this period include general mental health issues, youth mental health, the impact of the pandemic, COVID-19 and mental health, gun violence, the opioid crisis, climate change, health insurance, state bans on gender-affirming care, Medicaid redetermination efforts, and federal and state policy issues

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Week of May 15–19, 2023

Published: 5/19/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis, gun violence, veterans mental health, and state bans on gender-affirming care.

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Week of May 8–12, 2023

Published: 5/12/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, COVID-19 and mental health, gun violence, the opioid crisis, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of May 1–5, 2023

Published: 5/5/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, perinatal mental health issues, behavioral health workforce issues, social determinants, health insurance, gender-affirming care legislation, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of April 24–28, 2023

Published: 4/28/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, older adult mental health, climate change and social determinants, gender-affirming care ban legislation, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of April 17–21, 2023

Published: 4/21/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, older adult mental health, veterans and mental health, gender-affirming care bills, Medicaid redetermination, climate change and social determinants, health insurance, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of April 10–14, 2023

Published: 4/14/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, LGBTQ mental health issues, and health insurance.

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Week of April 3–7, 2023

Published: 4/7/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, the 988 hotline, gender-affirming care bills, social determinants, Medicaid eligibility, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of March 27–31, 2023

Published: 3/31/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, the 988 hotline, gender affirming care bills, social determinants, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of March 20–24, 2023

Published: 3/24/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, mental health and aging, impact of the pandemic, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, 988 hotline, Medicaid, gender-affirming care state issues, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of March 6–10, 2023

Published: 3/10/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, impact of the pandemic, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, 988 hotline, transgender youth and mental health, gun violence, social determinants, health insurance, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of Feb. 27–March 3, 2023

Published: 3/3/2023

Key topics covered during this period include general mental health issues, youth mental health, impact of the pandemic, gun violence, older adult mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, social determinants, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of Feb. 20–24, 2023

Published: 2/24/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, impact of the pandemic, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, workforce issues, social determinants, health insurance and health care spending, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of Feb. 13–17, 2023

Published: 2/17/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, older adults, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, the 988 hotline, workforce issues, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of Feb. 6–10, 2023

Published: 2/10/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, the pandemic, social determinants, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2023

Published: 2/3/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, gun violence, climate change and social determinants, health care spending, and federal and state policy issues.

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Week of Jan. 23–27, 2023

Published: 1/27/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, youth mental health, gun violence, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, the pandemic, the 988 hotline, veterans’ mental health issues, research, and policy issues.

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Week of Jan. 16–20, 2023

Published: 1/20/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health issues, climate change and social determinants, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, veterans’ mental health issues, health insurance, and policy issues.

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Week of Jan. 9–13, 2023

Published: 1/13/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus primarily on general mental health issues, youth mental health, climate change and mental health, the opioid crisis and addiction issues, health insurance, research, and policy issues.

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Week of Dec. 26, 2022–Jan. 6, 2023

Published: 1/6/2023

Key topics covered during this period focus primarily on general mental health issues, youth mental health, climate change and social determinants, the opioid crisis, and policy issues.

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Week of Dec. 19–23, 2022

Published: 12/23/2022

Key topics covered during this period focus primarily on general mental health issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis, women’s mental health issues, marijuana and mental health, crisis services, and military mental health.

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Week of Dec. 12–16, 2022

Published: 12/16/2022

Key topics covered during this period include general mental health issues, youth mental health, impact of the pandemic, gun violence, the opioid crisis, military mental health, health care spending, and policy issues. General Articles New York City’s latest plan to keep mentally ill people from languishing in public is billed ...

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Week of Dec. 5–9, 2022

Published: 12/9/2022

Key topics covered during this period include general mental health issues, impact of the pandemic, workplace issues, gun violence, the opioid crisis, mental health and aging, and policy issues.

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Week of Nov. 28–Dec. 2, 2022

Published: 12/2/2022

After his father died of Covid last fall, Donkan Martinez was overwhelmed by grief and turned to an unlikely outlet: virtual reality. The 24-year-old found himself wading into an emerging field of virtual mental health care, via a service called Innerworld, which ...

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Week of Nov. 21–25, 2022

Published: 11/25/2022

Missouri ranks in the bottom 10 in an annual ranking by the nonprofit Mental Health America. The organization looks at residents’ access to mental health services and overall adult mental health in a state. The lower-ranked states are ones in which adults have ...

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Week of Nov. 14–18, 2022

Published: 11/18/2022

As more Americans struggle with depression and anxiety, the cast of “The West Wing” teamed up with the Biden administration on Thursday to share a simple message: you are not alone. The star-studded cast of the drama series that, even years after being ...

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Week of Nov. 7–11, 2022

Published: 11/11/2022

Youth Mental Health A history of violence and having an impulsive or behavioral disorder were predictors of substance use among youths admitted to a child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient unit, researchers reported. In an assessment of 816 urine toxicology reports, patients were significantly more likely ...

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Week of Oct. 31–Nov. 4, 2022

Published: 11/4/2022

Depression should not be considered a normal part of aging and should never be taken lightly. The prevalence of clinical depression in aging seniors can't be ignored, nor can the added barriers to behavioral healthcare in senior living facilities. Access to high-quality, ...

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Week of October 17–21, 2022

Published: 10/21/2022

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health delivery and financing issues, youth mental health, impact of the pandemic, the opioid crisis, workforce and workplace issues, health insurance reports, and policy issues including tele-health. General Mental Health Articles A constant influx of ...

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Week of October 10–14, 2022

Published: 10/14/2022

Key topics covered during this period focus on general mental health delivery and financing issues, youth mental health, the opioid crisis, climate and mental health issues, telehealth and workforce issues, veteran’s issues, health insurance reports, and policy issues. General Articles It’s no secret that the ...

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Week of September 19–23, 2022

Published: 9/23/2022

U.S. doctors should regularly screen all adults under 65 for anxiety , an influential health guidelines group proposed Tuesday. It’s the first time the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended anxiety screening in primary care for adults without ...

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