Since the summer launch of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, the new three-digit number has seen a significant rise in call volume — routing more than 2 million calls, texts and chat messages to call centers, with the majority being answered in under a minute.New 988 mental health crisis line sees ‘eye-opening’ rise in calls, texts, chats in first 6 months, data shows. By Jacqueline Howard, CNN.

The FBI sounded the alarm Monday about an explosive increase in teenage boys being targeted online and extorted for money after being tricked into sending sexually explicit pictures.Twitter will ban links to other social media services and suspend accounts that try to direct Twitter users to alternative platforms, the company announced Sunday, in an apparent attempt to stem user defections to competitors.A driver working for FedEx was arrested and charged Friday in the kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl who had disappeared from her home’s driveway in Texas earlier this week, police said.A Canadian candy company is offering a very sweet gig. Candy Funhouse, an online retailer of confectionery treats from chocolate bars to gummies and licorice, is hiring for a $78,000 a year ($100,000 Canadian), work-from-home job as its Chief Candy Officer.

Up to six feet of snow pummels western New York

Heavy snow is expected to keep piling up in western New York state through Sunday after a historic storm saw the Buffalo area logging record snowfall totaling more than 6 feet in some areas.A 17-year-old high school student was threatened with a sextortion scam led by cybercriminals. Hours later, he left a note to his family expressing his embarrassment and took his own life.For Qataris, as well as putting on a well-organized tournament, the World Cup was an opportunity to expose the world to their culture, displaying everything from their architecture to their hospitality.More than 361,000 calls, texts and chats came through to the service this August — 152,000 more than in 2021.

Workshops are being help to get ideas for the State St. promenade. Sessions will be held for two days.Highway 166 East was closed in both directions due to a 12-acre brush fire that broke out just outside of Nipomo on Friday afternoon.Puerto Rico pushes for private power generation amid secrecy. Monday’s roundup covers lung cancer, 9/11 health fund, telehealth fraud, abortion law, polio, monkeypox, covid, suicide hotline and more.

William Thomas faces a first-degree rape charge. Keith Comfort faces a second-degree murder charge in connection to the 2006 death of his wife Megan Nicole Shultz.A triple homicide committed 50 years ago has been solved after the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina received information revealed by a Georgia inmate during a visit with his son.

Romance writer accused of faking her own suicide

It’s a plot twist the romance writers did not see coming. . On July 15, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline announced its crisis hotline would be transitioned to a three-digit number — 988. People can call, chat. 5 Apps That Can Help Boost Your Mental Health, According To Experts. Thirteen US service members were killed and 18 were injured in an attack outside Kabul’s airport on Thursday. While the Pentagon has not released the identities of the US service members who were killed, the family of US Marine Rylee McCollum confirmed to CNN that he died in Thursday’s blast.

Veterans and beneficiaries who receive VA compensation benefits will see an 8.7% increase in their monthly payments—the largest increase in over 30 years.In “Who’s Raising the Kids?” Susan Linn’s searing indictment of corporate greed, tech companies targeting children are rivaled only by the lawmakers who let them get away with it. Mia Flegal is telling some middle-schoolers about her bouts of anxiety and depression and the toll mental illness can take on children and teens, when a student raises her hand.

The psychiatrist and public-health expert Thomas Insel discusses how mental illness is a medical problem that requires social solutions.Wednesday’s roundup covers nicotine, covid vaccines, long covid, insulin costs, gun safety bill, Medicare, cyber attacks, cancer, and more.Incumbent defends keeping deaths from the public out of respect for families, but the mother of one of the deceased says this is information the community needs.Republicans have vaulted Rep. Elise Stefanik into the ranks of House leadership.Kentucky’s rural teens are more likely to be disconnected from mental health resources.In late 2017, VA began a multi-year effort to revise and update the VASRD, or VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The VASRD’s 15 body systems had seen periodic rating criteria updates, but this continuing effort reflects the first comprehensive review since 1945. Today, VA announced its eighth update: respiratory, auditory, and mental disorders body systems.