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NBC News

Daliah Singer

2 August 2019

Colorado, United States

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States are looking for solutions to the nationwide opioid crisis, and marijuana may be one answer to that search. Two states, with a third on the way, are recommending medical marijuana in place of opioids to both red...

Design Week

Sarah Dawood

23 July 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Environments designed with soundscapes and visual art help to reduce anxiety and pain. In London, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has noted a marked improvement in patient experience, including decreased pain and eve...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

19 July 2019

El Paso, Texas, United States

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Art therapy allows minors in detention to cope with stress and trauma. In “Uncaged Art: Tronillo Children’s Detention Camp,” an art exhibition housed at the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the Unive...

The Colorado Sun

Dan England

15 July 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Exercise has long been regarded as healthy, but it's now being used as a way to combat addiction. From specialized gyms that require 48 hours of sobriety to addiction recovery centers emphasizing exercise, people batt...

BBC

Emma Jane Kirby

7 July 2019

Halden, Norway

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Norway’s Halden Prison is taking a different approach to incarceration: emphasizing rehabilitation over punishment, which has led to a 20% decrease in recidivism in just two years. Over the past two decades, the count...

The Conversation

Larissa Hjorth

1 July 2019

Badalona, Spain

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Pokemon Go may have faded from mainstream popularity after it peaked in 2016, but the game is finding new life in Spain, where older generations are using the game to be more socially engaged in their communities. Soc...

KSHB-TV

Kevin Holmes

28 June 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Collaborative efforts targeting adult-peer mentoring in Kansas City, Missouri have resulted in less crime and increased trust among participants. Focusing on high-risk teens and young adults, the program known as Teen...

Los Angeleno

Alexis Garcia

18 June 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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L.A. Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell started the Skid Row Running Club, which leads runs every morning with formerly incarcerated addicts. Many of the participants have led successful lives after running, giving c...

Civic Ideas

Stephanie Sugars

5 June 2019

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bringing people of different ethnic backgrounds together to create art and express themselves helps war-torn societies cope and grow. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Most Mira program helps people touched by the horrors of...

The Washington Post

Laura Meckler

15 May 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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To combat emotional distress that many students are facing, schools across the nation are implementing mock funerals, allowing students to figuratively "bury their pain." Although issues at focus range from drunk driv...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

11 May 2019

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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Manchester, New Hampshire is seeing early success with a new program that helps keep mothers battling addiction in contact with their children. Based on the premise that keeping parents connected with their child duri...

NationSwell

Lisa Lewis

30 April 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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“Yes, and,” encourages resilience. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program offers injured service members and their caretakers the option of attending improv workshops as part of rehabilitation. Improv helps build socia...

The New York Times

Jane E. Brody

29 April 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Virtual reality isn't just for gaming anymore. Known as Virtual Reality Therapy, this new use for the technology is bringing relief to those suffering from intense pain by immersing "the patient in an entertaining, re...

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Padmini Parthasarathy

15 April 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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People who work in caring professions often experience vicarious trauma, and don't always take the time to seek care for themselves. Rino Consulting Solutions aims to help solve this issue, especially as it impacts pe...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

31 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Art encourages resilience by helping kids in difficult neighborhoods cope with trauma. In the neighborhood of Fairhill, in Philadelphia, Taller Tuertorriqueño, a community arts center, offers art workshops and program...

The New York Times

Ellie Shechet

25 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Horticulture therapy uses relaxation and mindfulness to reduce stress, and even assist in recovery. While the application of horticultural activities and gardening in clinical therapy has existed for over a century, m...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew Yawn

14 March 2019

Alabama, United States

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Comfort kits provide children with a therapeutic outlet during times of disaster recovery. With disaster relief often centered on adult needs, the kits of Play-Doh, books and various toys distributed in the aftermath ...

Sea Maven

Libby Leyden

6 March 2019

Muizenberg, South Africa

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Surfing lessons are bridging racial divides and providing a therapeutic outlet for disadvantaged children in South Africa. In a society largely segregated by race, children in Cape Town’s black communities disproporti...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

2 March 2019

Concord, New Hampshire, United States

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An orchestra created by and for musicians with mental health struggles is working to create a safe space for individuals to create music and form support networks. The orchestra accepts everyone and is meant to be an ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Celeste Hamilton Dennis

27 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Producing art has a positive influence on the health of senior citizens. In addition to promoting the work of artists aged sixty and above in galleries and exhibitions, the Geezer Galley in Portland, Oregon, leads art...

Second Wave Michigan

Theresa Coty O'Neil

21 February 2019

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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By taking up boxing, Michigan’s youth learn to diffuse violence and cope with their stressors. Kalamazoo Eastside Boxing provides structure, mentorship, and a social outlet for disadvantaged and troubled youth across ...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

21 February 2019

Cañas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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It is not uncommon for senior citizens to face mobility issues, but a clinic in Guanacaste is working to "boost mobility for senior citizens and, along with it, their independence and safety." The program, which atten...

KFMB-TV

Jeff Zevely

20 February 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In San Diego, Little Angels Service Dogs are being trained to not just assist people but also recognize symptoms leading up to seizures. This practice allows people to proactively handle their seizures before they hap...

TVOntario

Dylan Klempner

11 February 2019

Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada

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The inclusion of music makes for a more healthful long-term care environment. The nonprofit organization, the Room 217 Foundation, helps lessen the effects of isolation suffered by seniors living in nursing facilities...

The New York Times

Michele C. Hollow

29 January 2019

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Engaging with music stimulates brain activity and improves mental health. The Me2/Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, offers its volunteer musicians a stigma-free environment to reconnect with their passions and harn...

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