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Mark Oprea

31 August 2017

Ohio, United States

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As the number of veterans with both physical and psychological injuries balloons, this softball team of 11 wounded warriors wards helps one another deal with war trauma and combat isolation by playing a little ball.

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Dave Philipps

2 August 2017

United States

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Warrior Expeditions is one of several organizations helping veterans embark on outdoor experiences, such as hiking the Continental Divide. Participants find that these trips, sometimes months-long, offer the time and ...

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Neil Parmar

27 July 2017

Penetanguishene, Canada

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Providing care to the rising number of elderly individuals with dementia is difficult. Some facilities are channeling reminiscience therapy, and designing the homes to stimulate memories, use colours to help perceptio...

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Elizabeth Cassin

25 July 2017

Mexico

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In order to address dynamics that may keep a child from talking about traumatic experiences, a Mexico City-based child psychologist developed Antennas. Antennas is an animated character controlled and voiced by the ps...

The Atlantic

Barbara Bradley Hagerty

1 June 2017

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Children are typically diagnosed with callous and unemotional traits rather than psychopathy, so they are rarely treated properly for the mental condition even though most of these children grow into adult psychopaths...

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Elizabeth Harris

31 May 2017

New York, New York, United States

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A handful of schools in New York City are piloting a comfort dog program with the goal of offering emotional support and teaching students about empathy. Recruiting animals from a rescue and adoption agency, teachers ...

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Peak Johnson

11 May 2017

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Many previously incarcerated people struggle to both rehabilitate and gain the necessary skills for a successful post-prison life. This article looks at Hope Hall, a halfway house using a comprehensive approach meant ...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

1 May 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Gunshot victims are often treated at hospitals only to be sent back into the community, where 1/3 will end up back in the hospital again. With a new emphasis on prevention and addressing the underlying issues, Ohio is...

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Melissa Jeltsen

18 January 2017

California, United States

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Camp HOPE America is trying to stop violent crime by intervening early on in children's lives. Kids between the ages of 11 to 17, who are victims of domestic violence, participate in summer camp. In the end they becom...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

17 January 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Tyrone Shoemake is an advocate for people who use wheelchairs for mobility—especially those who are victims of gunshot wounds, like him. When an online video of Shoemake doing pull-ups from his chair went viral, he ke...

The New York Times

Caroline Preston

25 October 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, the over-policing of drug users has been extensive and frequently racially biased. Looking for a new solution, the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program, driven by a harm reduction philosophy, ...

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Lizzie Thompson

22 September 2016

New York, New York, United States

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A non profit, Fair Shake For Youth, is a social emotional learning program which offers NYC middle school students from high-poverty neighbourhoods an opportunity to work hands-on with therapy dogs. The program helps ...

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Angus Chen

23 July 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Embodying beloved characters, cosplayers are able to access what they find special and strong about these characters and find inspiration for their own lives. This inspiration—once the costume is off—can result in out...

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Karen Ducey

29 June 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s Doney Memorial Pet Clinic offers free basic veterinary care and pet supplies to people experiencing economic hardship. Taking care of a pet can be expensive, but the benefits of having one can be motivating,...

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Melissa Bailey

27 June 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Hospitals can be stressful places for children and their families, but music therapy can help ease some of that stress. At Boston Children's Hospital, music therapists help children complete tasks such as using the re...

The Atlantic

Joseph Darius Jaafari

12 May 2016

Long Beach, California, United States

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New veteran services focus on sexual rehabilitation as a part of occupational rehab programs for veterans with genital injuries or other physical and mental limitations. Physical therapy and idea generation help wound...

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Sarah Varney

20 April 2016

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Childhood trauma such as abuse, neighborhood violence or the death of a parent has been found to lead to dire health and social problems later in life. How can communities intervene to spare future generations the sam...

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Katherine Lymn

17 March 2016

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

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After shortages of mental health options for kids and untold grief, counties in Wisconsin have responded with new kinds of support for at-risk youth. Wisconsin communities have increased access with reduced wait time,...

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Kate Bissell

14 March 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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For many offenders, prison can be a tense, divisive, and anger-inducing environment, fueling the negative influences that landed them there in the first place and leading to high recidivism rates. Actor Tim Robbins - ...

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Mary Harris

23 February 2016

New York, New York, United States

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A neuropsychologist and opera singer teamed up to create a form of vocal training for people on the autism spectrum.

The Atlantic

Audrey Cleo Yap

22 January 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Dancing promotes strong social-emotional development. In areas of Los Angeles where arts education has disappeared due to cuts in school funding, a New York-based non-profit organization has stepped in to teach kids t...

The New York Times

Nathaniel Rich

16 December 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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An Oakland nonprofit that uses art for therapy has a startling track record for helping developmentally disabled adults become prolific—and profitable—artists.

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Katie Arnold

25 November 2015

Oregon, United States

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Ecotherapy is a term used to describe the positive impacts of using nature as a form of therapy for those experiencing psychological stressors. While this form of treatment is already being used to help veterans deal ...

The Atlantic

Nadine Ajaka

27 October 2015

Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

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The therapists at the Autism Society of Berks County use art and creativity as a way to help kids with autism. Students participate in a class where their illustrations are animated. “The way to unlock any child's bra...

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Matt Skenazy

15 September 2015

San Diego, California, United States

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Many veterans return to civilian life with experiences that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, but a surf program at Camp Pendelton is showing promise as a means of treatment. Although there is no one-size fits a...

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