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WUNC

Jason deBruyn

12 October 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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The nationwide surge in gun violence during the pandemic has forced support groups for grieving survivors to persevere in their work using different tools and strategies in a process that depends on intimate forms of ...

Nigerian Tribune

Ifedayo Ogunyemi

10 October 2020

Nigeria

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Funding from a professional coaching, therapy, and counseling academy has helped a certified life coach and non-clinical psychotherapist offer free sessions to people in Nigeria who are struggling to cope with setback...

The Boston Globe

Armand Manoukian

7 October 2020

United States

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An online forum focused on providing an outlet for those who are seeking a way "to share their experiences with COVID-19" has gained a global community with participants from five countries engaging in discussions. Al...

WBEZ

Edie Rubinowitz

7 September 2020

Illinois, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated how seniors are able to come together for companionship, but groups in Illinois are trying to utilize technology to address the problem. While the digital divide is a significant ...

TalkPoverty.org

Celeste Hamilton Dennis

13 August 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Beyond These Walls launched a crisis phone line to provide emotional support for LGBTQ+ people who are incarcerated and to hold prisons and jails accountable for their virus-containment practices. Trained volunteers h...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

7 August 2020

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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Mental health agencies in North Carolina have partnered with a mobile phone carrier to provide data-enabled smartphones to individuals who lack access to technology during the pandemic. Because this doesn't provide a ...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Community health workers have long been helping people navigate the intersection of health care and social services in the United States, such as in Philadelphia, where one program stands out for its overall design an...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

30 June 2020

Nigeria

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Communities in Nigeria have been using WhatsApp to manage isolation and help provide support to their fellow residents during the coronavirus pandemic. In many instances organizations and individuals are helping to ra...

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Marissa Plescia

23 June 2020

Minnesota, United States

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As the novel coronavirus disrupts how farmers get their products to consumers, many of them are looking for mental health resources to manage their stress. While the stigma of mental health issues prevents some farmer...

Rappler

Currie Engel

23 June 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Two medical professionals, one in New York and one in the Phillipines, have launched a free online seminar that aims to help Filipino and Filipino American frontline workers who are experiencing mental health concerns...

Wired

Kate Knibbs

22 June 2020

Japan

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Robot pet therapy, which uses a social robot designed to look like a small animal, weigh the same as an infant, and communicate in a socially comforting way, is helping isolated seniors find a sense of companionship d...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Deagan Urbatsch

Jacqueline Robledo

19 June 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Aware that already-high rates of mental health problems and suicide in native American populations could grow even worse during COVID-19 isolation, a number of support groups rolled out online sessions that have attra...

Bangor Daily News

Judy Harrison

16 June 2020

Bangor, Maine, United States

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Bangor drug court in Maine has turned to the use of Zoom to keep in contact with program participants during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although meeting via video call can disguise some physical symptoms of drug use, this...

Impact Storytelling

Emma Whalen

1 June 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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The Montrose Center in Texas, which provides LGBTQ support services, has turned to the use of technology to keep resources available during the coronavirus pandemic. Virtual support groups have been one of their most ...

Associated Press

Kim Tong-Hyung

31 May 2020

South Korea

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About 3,200 mostly older South Koreans living alone are monitored by voice-enabled smart speakers to check on their welfare during the coronavirus shutdown. Use of web search terms indicating distress, or when the dev...

The Trace

Jennifer Mascia

Katlyn Alo

29 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Domestic abuse risks are on the rise, at a time of social isolation, economic disruption, and gun-buying, and so Wayne County, Michigan, court officials responded to the closing of their courthouses by allowing people...

The Notebook

Neena Hagen

28 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As high schoolers across the nation grapple with the stress of the sudden shift to online learning, unstable home environments, and for some students the toll of coronavirus on family members, school counselors are lo...

Next City

Emily Nonko

28 May 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Librarians’ skills have proved critical to San Francisco’s pandemic response, in roles ranging from translating to communicating public-health announcements, but especially contact tracing. The city’s largest-ever act...

100 Days in Appalachia

Fernando Alfonso III

14 May 2020

Kentucky, United States

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Stay-at-home orders and social distancing can worsen opioid addiction problems, and so some health providers, social media, and agencies in opioid-heavy Appalachia have devised ways to turn a threat into an opportunit...

LAist

Carla Javier

13 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Los Angeles Unified school district has shifted how it’s helping to support students’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. By opening up a mental health hotline, they are able to connect students and their ...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

12 May 2020

Tilton, New Hampshire, United States

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In New Hampshire, nursing homes and veteran's homes are turning to online video conferencing and outdoor socially-distanced activities to manage the patients' feelings of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Alt...

Minority Africa

Torinmo Salau

10 May 2020

Lagos, Nigeria

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Pregnant women in Nigeria are turning to virtual support groups to help manage anxiety and fear they feel about delivering a baby during the coronavirus pandemic. Although the telehealth transition for doctor visits h...

Next City

Cinnamon Janzer

1 May 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, a collaboration between the Division of Race and Equity, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the city’s procurement department has helped establish an emergency mental he...

St. Albert Today

April Hudson

27 April 2020

Alberta, Canada

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An Alberta Health Services’ text messaging service called Text4Hope is giving people text messages to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The texts, written by mental health therapists, use cognitive behavioral...

Manchester Ink Link

Sheryl Rich-Kern

26 April 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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When schools had to shut down in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, community colleges across New Hampshire found ways to accommodate and aid their students through the pandemic. Lakes Region Community Co...

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