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Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Marissa Plescia

7 October 2020

Minnesota, United States

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The Rural Mental Health Outreach program in Minnesota is helping farmers in the region to tackle mental health challenges that are related to the stresses involved in their profession. Other states have taken notice o...

Kensington Voice

Solmaira Valerio

7 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Step Up to the Plate is a collaborative effort of local organizations that began as a way to help those experiencing food insecurity due to Covid-19. Three outdoor sites have expanded to provide free meals, mental hea...

USA Today

Lindsay Schnell

22 June 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Less than one month into its use of a crisis intervention team to handle mental health calls in place of the police, Denver’s one-year STAR pilot project has been flooded with calls and already has achieved success in...

KXAN-TV

Arezow Doost

17 May 2020

Travis County, Texas, United States

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In Texas’ Travis County, a mental health court is helping divert people out of the criminal justice system and into treatment and outpatient programs. The collaborative process gives individuals the opportunity for re...

KXAN-TV

David Barer

17 May 2020

Texas, United States

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In Texas, legislators and advocates are working to address mental health concerns for individuals entering or in the criminal justice system. For those already in jail, telepsychiatry is being offered to help rehabili...

BBC

Maddy Savage

18 February 2020

Helsingborg, Sweden

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To help young adults and seniors manage feelings of isolation, a retirement home was revamped into a housing project that caters to those under 25 and pensioners. Living in this new apartment complex comes with a prov...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

February 2020

Trieste, Italy

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In Trieste, Italy, accessing mental health care resources is made easier by an approach that allows for people to seek assistance without the fear of being punished. In most cases throughout the region, mental health ...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

6 November 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Making personal connections supports mental health and wellbeing. The San Francisco-based nonprofit, Sidewalk Talk, trains volunteers to go out and engage on a personal level with individuals in underserved communitie...

CNN

Portia Ladrido

29 October 2019

Quezon City, Philippines

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The drug war in the Phillipines is leaving behind widows and orphans struggling to support themselves. After providing aid in various forms, Project SOW developed a source of income for those who have lost breadwinner...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

18 October 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Based out of the city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, a live radio show is tackling the stigma around mental health care by combining their platform with those in the mental health care field. Not only does the radio show...

Bitterroot

Julia Hotz

18 October 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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Studies have routinely shown that spending time outdoors is good for health, so programs are being implemented in the United States in order to increase children's access to getting outside. From California's Outdoor ...

CalMatters

Sammy Caiola

15 October 2019

Amador County, California, United States

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To increase the number of mental health professionals in Amador County, California, the county has created an online program that culminates in a certificate or associate degree in human services. Preference to this s...

Mosaic Science

Fleur MacDonald

15 October 2019

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow continues to learn from its systemic failure in urban planning during and after the industrial revolution by redesigning its living spaces to be separated from industrial areas, and by including nature and gre...

MPR News

Alisa Roth

18 September 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team tackles one of the toughest challenges at the intersection of mental health and criminal justice: how to help people whose mental illness has landed them in crimina...

Richland Source

Tracy Leturgey

16 September 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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In rural counties, it's not always easy to seek mental health treatment. To address this, several different resources have been built over the years in Richmond County, Ohio from call or text hotlines to educational c...

Broadview Magazine

Anne Theriault

5 September 2019

Geel, Belgium

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Normalizing mental health care helps create inclusive communities. In Geel, in Belgium, centuries of pilgrims seeking the blessing of Dymphna, the city’s patron saint of mental illness, have created a culture of commu...

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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,...

NPR

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...

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