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Sarah Neville

16 January 2019

Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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Cross collaboration efforts in Britain are targeting a loneliness problem in order to prevent and mitigate larger health issues. From peer support to interventions, programs across the country are focusing on increasi...

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Gloria Hillard

29 December 2018

California, United States

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The Wolf Connection Youth Empowerment Program connects troubled youth who have dealt with abuse and trauma, with wolves. "These wolves and wolf-dogs come from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. And the youth we serve co...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

3 December 2018

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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The Currier Museum of Art began offering the "Art of Hope" program to families living with addiction. In group sessions, a docent guides discussion around works of art in the collection and then everyone participates ...

Colorado Springs Gazette

Vince Bzdek

1 December 2018

Nevada, United States

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Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services has long used a designated suicide prevention coordinator as part of their suicide prevention tactics, and it's working. From forming statewide partnerships to mandated...

The Washington Post

Caitlin Gibson

21 November 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To better grieve the death of a parent, two friends in Los Angeles created an organization known as The Dinner Party which aims to bring people of similar experiences together to better cope with loss. Although the ho...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

19 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver lawmakers and activists are working to curb drug addiction and prevent overdose deaths with legislation and services. Despite federal illegality, local legislators want to legalize safe injection sites in the s...

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Michelle Bruton

7 November 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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After losing over a dozen friends and family members to suicide, Jonny Boucher took action and started a non-profit coffeeshop that was geared towards suicide prevention. The cafe offers in-house counseling and serves...

Finding Fixes

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

28 October 2018

Washington, United States

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Snohomish County in Washington decided to respond to the opioid epidemic as they would to a natural disaster. They use a multi-agency strategy and bi-weekly meetings to tackle the epidemic one small step at a time. Th...

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Jordan Rosenfield

23 October 2018

Wyoming, United States

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A government task force called by Wyoming governor Matt Mead helped lower the number of hospital patients in the state. They overhauled an involuntary commitment regulation so that the state wasn't overspending and co...

The Guardian

Anisa Sabiri

19 October 2018

Penjikent, Tajikistan

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In Tajikistan, a project created by international NGOs with local partners, and funded by the United Kingdom, provides counseling and skills training for families to reduce violence against women. The two regions that...

The Guardian

Liz Ford

19 October 2018

Tajikistan

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A program in Tajikistan developed to address high rates of abuse against women is showing remarkable results through a combination of family counseling and economic empowerment of women. The pilot project was created ...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

17 October 2018

Durango, Colorado, United States

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Building connections between teenagers and their community is an important step in suicide prevention among youth. The CODY Project recruits adult and teenage volunteers to hold mental awareness training at 4-H club a...

New Vision

Lillian Namusoke Magezi

17 October 2018

Uganda

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A community-based program in Uganda has helped reduce violence in families and gender inequity by training both parents in effective communication and parenting. Organizers focused specifically on recruiting men becau...

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Rachel Nuwer

16 October 2018

Harare, Zimbabwe

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In order to increase Zimbabwean’s ability to access mental health care, a psychiatrist trained grandmothers in talk therapy. Working from a “friendship bench,” these new trainees have provided evidence-based, cultural...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

12 October 2018

Durango, Colorado, United States

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Crafting resilience requires coping with emotions, not ignoring them. With those who are affected by suicide facing a 65 percent higher risk of attempting suicide themselves, organizations like the Grief Center, LOSS,...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

10 October 2018

Durango, Colorado, United States

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Connecting LGTBQ+ teens with peers and adults for support can help reduce depression and the risk of suicide. Organizations like the Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center in Durango, Colorado, and the Gender and Sexuality...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

9 October 2018

Colorado, United States

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Growing past trauma requires support. In Native American communities with high rates of depression and suicide, organizations like the Wellness Peer Advisory Council and the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board are wo...

Deseret News

Lois M. Collins

3 October 2018

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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As colleges around the country struggle to meet rising mental health needs among the student population, the University of Michigan created a network of small support groups that helps students connect with and provid...

Yes! Magazine

Michael J. Dax

2 October 2018

Jordan, Montana, United States

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Because women make up a smaller percentage of farmers in America as compared to men in the field, their work and contributions to the industry are often overlooked. HarvestHER, a social media-based platform establishe...

The Guardian

Ammar Kalia

28 September 2018

United Kingdom

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The Think Ahead program in England is training recent college graduates for careers public mental health with a two-year, working Master’s program. These new graduates may be half the age of the average social worker,...

Texas Standard

Caroline Covington

17 September 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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In Texas, mental health care advocates are making strides to reduce stigma and connect people suffering from trauma with paths to healing. In public schools, teachers receive training on trauma, and local hospitals ar...

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Sammy Caiola

13 September 2018

Amador County, California, United States

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Community members of Amador County are implementing suicide trainings and community events to help intervene in crises and destigmatize talking about mental health. Using "leftover dollars from the state’s Proposition...

Second Wave Michigan

Sarah Hillman

12 September 2018

Michigan, United States

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Michigan schools are adopting the TRAILS program to connect counselors with training so they can help students with mental health problems. Counselors are seeing a big positive change in their students. It's part of a...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Mary Plummer

6 September 2018

California, United States

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People with dementia and autism are at risk of wandering away from caretakers and becoming lost. Los Angeles County started a program that uses bracelets which can be tracked from the ground and by helicopter. 

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Amy Yee

Fall 2018

Kampala, Uganda

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Group therapy has helped women experiencing depression in poor communities in Kampala. Since 2014, more than 25,110 women have met in small groups with trained peer facilitators, and after completing the program about...

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