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Emma Sisk

3 September 2019

United Kingdom

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Social prescribing, where medical practitioners encourage patients to look beyond medicine to remedy their issues, can lessen the demand for medical services and medications. In the UK, Denmark, and Canada, doctors ar...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Wyatt Massey

16 August 2019

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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For many experiencing divorce, a safe place to deal with frustrations and stigma is important. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, religious institutions are stepping in to provide support groups and classes like DivorceCare,...

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Rhitu Chatterjee

7 August 2019

McGregor, Minnesota, United States

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Due to urban migration from rural areas, communities in less populated regions around the country are experiencing increased loneliness and lack of social connection; a health organization in Minnesota is building per...

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Megan Clement

6 August 2019

Bronx, New York, United States

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When paired with evidence-based intervention methods, hip hop therapy is gaining ground as a means of increasing the odds that the intervention will work. Although further studies are needed to prove the effectiveness...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

22 July 2019

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Sometimes just having someone to talk to can help those who are suffering from depression. The Friendship Bench program in NYC borrows an idea from Harare, Zimbabwe, where healthcare workers—affectionately called Gran...

The New York Times

Julia Hotz

18 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Feeling isolated often leads to increased feelings of loneliness, but is also a reason why new meet-ups such as Tea With Strangers are becoming widely used as a solution. Based on the idea that strangers can become mo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

8 July 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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After providing emotional support to peers who were struggling with suicidal thoughts, a college student in Philadelphia created a Twitter group "to prevent suicide and raise awareness for mental health." Although not...

Philadelphia Gay News

Laura Smythe

20 June 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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There are many factors that prohibit people from being able to attend mental health counseling including financial reasoning and difficulty finding the right therapist. This is often even more difficult for the LGBTQ ...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

30 May 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing have partnered to help former incarcerated individuals obtain Medicaid upon re-entry. The partnership allows for data s...

Montana Public Radio

Kayla Desroches

13 May 2019

Broadview, Montana, United States

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In rural farming communities, it's not uncommon for those working in the agricultural industry to struggle with anxiety and depression. Because mental health professionals often aren't readily available in these areas...

The Marshall Project

Beth Schwartzapfel

10 May 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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When treating opioid addiction, the typical approach is medication in conjunction with mandatory therapy sessions and a myriad of other check-ins. Realizing that this method was failing many people that were not able ...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

22 April 2019

Edwards, Colorado, United States

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Colorado's Eagle County identified that the community was facing a suicide crisis after rates started rapidly rising, especially amongst adolescents. To combat the issue, Vail Health invested $60 million towards impro...

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Sarah Rigg

17 April 2019

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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Living with dementia can often lead to loneliness for not just those inflicted, but also the caregivers involved. To help create a community around this, the Ypsilanti Senior Center has started a monthly Memory Cafe t...

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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 Guardian

Sam Delaney

9 March 2019

Halifax, England, United Kingdom

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Studies conducted throughout the United Kingdom have shown that men are far more likely to commit suicide than women, but a series of monthly meetings by Andy’s Man Clubs are helping to fight against this. Built on th...

Radio Health Journal

Reed Pence

24 February 2019

Thousand Oaks, California, United States

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Suicide is becoming increasingly common in the veterinary medicine field due to many factors such as financial anxiety and the extreme stress of the job in general. To combat this, veterinarian organizations are conne...

Wall Street Journal

Christopher Mims

23 February 2019

Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States

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Research shows that prolonged feelings of loneliness can have unhealthy outcomes, and the likelihood of experiencing loneliness increases as a person ages. To combat this, many technology companies are trying a host o...

City Limits

Noah Phillips

13 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, much of the mental health infrastructure relies on the work of professionals known as Peer Specialists, who are individuals with lived experiences of mental health challenges and additional training ...

NPR

Samantha Caiola

11 February 2019

Sacramento, California, United States

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The restaurant industry can be incredibly stressful for those that work in it, but a chef based in Sacramento is trying to change this by focusing efforts on suicide prevention through education, trainings and other r...

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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...

Christian Science Monitor

Leslie Roberts

8 February 2019

Maiduguri, Nigeria

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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, t...

Albuquerque Journal

Ryan Boetel

4 February 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Albuquerque Police Department is one of the most recent departments to pilot the use of a videoconferencing system that aims to train officers in crisis intervention methods. This technology has allowed officers t...

The Victoria Advocate

Jessica Priest

21 January 2019

Victoria, Texas, United States

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In Victoria County, Texas, juries were tasked with determining whether or not the person being tried was fit to stand trial, oftentimes wasting taxpayer dollars and delaying treatment for those that need it. To change...

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lily Jackson

18 January 2019

New York, United States

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Colleges campuses are increasingly consulting students about the mental health services they want to see and expanding initiatives beyond the counseling center to all aspects of campus life. At Jefferson Community Col...

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Edward Siddons

18 January 2019

Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia

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The need for therapeutic support is far outstripping the rate that doctors and nurses can get through training, let alone having enough caregivers in low-income areas. However, extensive studies have proven that a com...

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