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Promotion of well-being through policy, medicine, and research. These stories revolve around the many ways of protecting and promoting well-being, such as medical care and treatment, research into various diseases, and public health education.

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Sheriff provides info to those needing help for mental health

Half Moon Bay Review

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After realizing a gap at the intersection of mental health care and emergency responders, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has formed a partnership with the county Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and created the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team. Specifically designed to assist tho...

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When Teens Threaten Violence, A Community Responds With Compassion

NPR

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When a teenager at a high school in Salem, Oregon began expressing threatening sentiments online, the community stepped in to help rather than punish the student. Through assessing the threat and then partnering him with a school counselor, the community was able to successfully create a model fo...

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Program to focus on treatment rather than jail

Albuquerque Journal

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The Albuquerque Police Department is rolling out a new program that aims to get people the help they need rather than place them in jail where they are likely to relapse. Similar to programs already working in other states such as Colorado and Washington, this Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion p...

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Healing a generation wounded by Boko Haram

The Christian Science Monitor

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The Neem Foundation brings intensive counseling and 1-on-1 therapy to survivors who escaped the horrific violence of Boko Haram, a terrorist group in northeastern Nigeria. With months of aid and tough conversations, the organization attempts to reunite women and children who fled the violence wit...

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Portland, Ore., Tackles Untested Sexual Assault Kits with Tech

Government Technology

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To tackle the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, police agencies in Portland, Oregon collaborated with the Portland Bureau of Technology Services to create a tracking system for the kits, leading to a decrease in untested kits and ensuring that data was able to be analyzed and shared quickl...

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Another tool to improve student mental health? Kids talking to kids

The Hechinger Report

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Taos High School's EQ Retreat is an opportunity for seniors to share their experiences with stress and trauma with underclassmen, providing a relatable voice and lessons for overcoming the challenges inside and outside the walls of high school. "Peer-led social emotional learning is the answer," ...

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