988 hotline to simplify access to emotional distress and suicidal crisis resources

Beginning Saturday July 16th, "988" will be a new number available to callers in the United States who are experiencing suicidal crises or emotional distress. Folks in need of care will be able to call, text or chat the simplified number and get access to trained counselors who are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. 

How robots help older New Yorkers fight social isolation

Many older Americans deal with loneliness and social isolation. New York has partnered with a robotics company to place an interactive "robot" named ElliQ in the homes of about 800 senior citizens. So what does ElliQ do?

Can light therapy help with pregnancy-related depression?

Doctors have found a correlation between perinatal or postpartum depression and a disrupted sleep cycle. The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research is exploring whether light therapy and a prescribed sleep schedule in addition to usual treatment for depression can speed recovery and prevent postpartum depression.

New York subway attack adds to anxieties underground

As the year began, New Yorkers shuddered at a subway crime straight out of urban nightmares — the death of a woman shoved onto the tracks. The new mayor vowed to "make sure New Yorkers feel safe in our subway system." But Tuesday saw an attack that evoked many riders' deepest fears.