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Richland Source

Tierra Thomas

7 May 2020

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Lip-reading is very important for clarification for those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, but the masks mandated by the coronavirus pandemic hinder that. In response, the nonprofit Catalyst Life Services (which curr...

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Richard Kenny

Lily Freeston

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4 May 2020

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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A program in Cape Town, South Africa is helping children learn life skills and provide mental health resources through 'surf therapy.' The program called Waves for Change starts each session with some grounding medita...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Tina Giuliano

10 March 2020

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

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Flagstaff Medical Center has incorporated the arts into their behavioral health unit, where they treat people with depression, anxiety, and other issues—they hired local artists to paint murals on the walls. Staff at ...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Emily Dean

18 February 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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For those who have experienced sexual assault, art therapy is being used for recovery, empowerment, and self-expression. Two organizations, Art Against Assault and CounterAct, are striving to use an arts-based approac...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Rachel Phillips

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Sara Abbott

12 February 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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To help veterans struggling to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder, the Phoenix VA Health Care System has started using sports and outdoor recreation as a means of therapy. Although it does not replace medications...

Equal Times

Louis Seiller

20 January 2020

Mitrovica, Kosovo

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Music can bridge cultural divides. The Mitrovica Rock School in Mitroviva, Kosovo, encourages young musicians of Albanian and Serbian backgrounds to create music together. The culturally “mixed” bands play across Koso...

Equal Times

Evelyn Lirri

8 January 2020

Uganda

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Animal-assisted therapy offers benefits to those suffering from trauma. In Uganda, the Comfort Dog Project pairs victims of the country's decades-long civil war with companion animals. The dogs help victims, many of w...

The National

Priti Salian

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7 January 2020

Duisburg, Germany

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Connecting with art enriches the lives of patients struggling with dementia and Alzheimers. Across Germany, several programs are using art to stimulate the minds of an aging population. At the Lehmbruck Museum in Duis...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

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3 January 2020

Hindman, Kentucky, United States

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To help those struggling with opioid addictions, an apprentice program in Kentucky uses art and music taught by local artisans to provide participants with a path forward. After learning various skills as part of the ...

The Guardian

Jonny Weeks

29 December 2019

Bristol, United Kingdom

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The UK is home to an artificial surfing lagoon that aims to help those with disabilities have access to water sports they otherwise may not be able to participate in. Acting as both a physical and mental rehabilitatio...

Next City

Emily Nonko

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11 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Performance art provides a healing outlet for formerly incarcerated individuals. In New York City, the Ritual4Return program encourages participants to express the transition in their lives through art. Using an artis...

Bhekisisa

Dhashen Moodley

Danny Booysen

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19 November 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa

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A practice in Johannesburg is making the courtroom and trial process less scary for sexually abused children by letting them play the role of court officials alongside therapy dogs in a pretend court. The Teddy Bear F...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Gwynne Watkins

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7 November 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Past and present traumas can make it difficult for new mothers to bond with their babies. A program at Carnegie Hall uses songwriting and music to support mothers in this process in prisons, intensive care units, high...

Yes! Magazine

Jay Walljasper

5 November 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Building resilience and self-care into daily life promotes long-term wellbeing. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Catalyst Initiative works to support the emotional and mental wellbeing of underserved groups by promoting...

Finding Fixes

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

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15 October 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Chronic pain patients often rely on opioids for pain management, but this can lead to addiction. A specialized practice in Seattle is addressing this concern through the Structured Functional Restoration Program that ...

NPR

Kavitha Cardoza

9 October 2019

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Building connections and learning to cope can help to break the inter-generational cycle of addiction. The nonprofit Eluna operates a camp in Dayton, Ohio, for children whose families have been ravaged by addiction. I...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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8 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Producing art restores dignity and a sense of purpose to victims of violence who suffer from disability and chronic pain. In New York City, the Open Doors collective empowers patients at hospitals like the Coler Speci...

The Outline

Aviva Stahl

26 September 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota’s Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) program takes a restorative, rehabilitative approach to sex offender re-entry and has lowered the risk of recidivism by 88%. The initiative provides participant...

Yes! Magazine

Jonita Davis

6 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Communal healing represents reparations in action. The Chicago Torture Justice Center, created in 2015 through a Chicago City Council reparations ordinance, advocates for wrongfully imprisoned Black men, as well as fo...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Michael Tashji

30 August 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Working to train therapy dogs helps kids with issues learn how to cope. Rising Ground, an organization in New York City, provides animal therapy as part of a residential placement program for juveniles facing problems...

Searchlight New Mexico

April Reese

27 August 2019

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

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The Outdoor Equity Fund in New Mexico introduces troubled youth across the state to exploration in nature as a sort of informal therapy and mental retreat. The Fund - a first of it's kind across the nation - distribut...

Tenderly

Michele C. Hollow

19 August 2019

New York, United States

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Martin Agee, an accomplished violinist who has performed at Lincoln Center and on Broadway, volunteers for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and got an idea when he saw how reading to dogs ...

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Megan Clement

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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...

NBC News

Daliah Singer

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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...

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