Authorities could detain a mentally ill individual for up to 24 hours in emergency custody under a bill approved by the Virginia Senate.
A Virginia state senator who was attacked by his son before he killed himself says the stigma attached to mental health issues leaves the mentally ill to “struggle in silence.”
Gov. Bob McDonnell has named 37 people to a mental health task force that he established last month.
The initiatives announced Tuesday follow the November death of a Virginia state senator’s son less than one day after he had been released from emergency custody.
A Virginia state senator and onetime gubernatorial candidate stabbed by his son said Friday that he is “alive so must live,” his first public statement since the assault and his son’s suicide shortly thereafter.
Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds has been released from the hospital, three days after he was repeatedly stabbed by his son in an apparent attempted murder-suicide.
A Virginia health official said his office opened an investigation into why state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ son was reportedly released from emergency custody the day before he stabbed his father and killed himself.
A Virginia official says an investigation has been opened into why the son of a state senator was reportedly released from emergency custody the day before he stabbed his dad and killed himself.
Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was in good condition at a hospital Wednesday, a day after the one-time Democratic gubernatorial nominee was apparently stabbed by his son.
By most accounts, Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds had a particularly close relationship with his son believed responsible stabbing him multiple times before taking his own life.