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The New York Times

Matt Richtel

28 November 2020

United States

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Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous are turning to Zoom and other telehealth tools to maintain a connection with clients during the coronavirus pandemic. While data are lacking about "the effectiveness of onli...

Self Evident

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Julia Shu

15 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Early in the pandemic, APIENC, a community organization led by trans, non-binary, and queer Asian and Pacific Islanders in San Francisco, started a phone tree to offer help to people: getting groceries or meals, provi...

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Jason deBruyn

12 October 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

Radio

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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 ...

70 Million

Lisa Bartfai

12 October 2020

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine, United States

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The Penobscot Nation's Healing to Wellness Court is a drug court, diverting people charged with drug offenses from possible fines and jail into therapy. But it has an added cultural element, providing traditional heal...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

17 September 2020

Gilford, New Hampshire, United States

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In New Hampshire, a healing and bonding program is offering veterans and first responders experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder ways to cope with their stressors. From social interactions to equine t...

Center for Public Integrity

Megan Cattel

25 August 2020

Santa Rosa, California, United States

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Wildfires cause anxiety and other mental-health problems, but Sonoma County's Latino people can get help from a convivencia: a community gathering hosted by one of the nonprofit health and community centers in the are...

Christian Science Monitor

Patricia Leigh Brown

14 August 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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California, home to an unprecedented number of prison "lifers" who served decades since their teens and then were released under revised parole policies, created the Peer Reentry Navigation Network (PRNN) to have fell...

The New York Times

Annalisa Quinn

14 August 2020

United States

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A community of incarcerated magic enthusiasts formed spontaneously around a column published by a magic magazine, thanks to their own initiative and the willingness of Joshua Jay, the magician/columnist, to respond to...

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...

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Andrew Wooyoung Kim

11 August 2020

South Africa

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In South Africa, telehealth is growing in popularity in the mental health field during the coronavirus pandemic, as a means of providing care to those who may be experiencing psychological distress. One institution th...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

7 August 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A New Way of Life Reentry Project creates homes for women as they leave prison, providing a refuge and programs to help ensure a more successful transition into life on the outside. The network of small group homes, s...

The Washington Post

Keith L. Alexander

9 July 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Freed from prison after serving at least 15 years, often much longer, for crimes committed when they were teens, a group of men holds twice-monthly Zoom meetings to lend structure and peer support to their lives durin...

Los Angeles Times

Esmeralda Bermudez

7 July 2020

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Mothers of young Latino men killed by sheriff’s deputies in East Los Angeles have struggled to pry information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but along the way they have formed a network of support ...

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...

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...

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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 ...

The Hechinger Report

Laura Pappano

18 May 2020

United States

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Colleges across the nation suspended in-person classes due to the coronavirus, but it also meant suspending campus life—a classic staple of the American college experience. Students innovated by creating their own ver...

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...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

5 May 2020

Kearns, Utah, United States

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A high school program in Utah is combating increasing rates of teenage suicide by equipping children with the tools they need to manage thoughts of hopelessness. The program is known as ME (Mood Enhancement) Time and ...

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Sarah Lai Stirland

4 May 2020

Silicon Valley, California, United States

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A podcast designed and hosted by a Silicon Valley teenager has provided a place for local youth to share their struggles and combat loneliness. Although the podcast doesn't replace the work of actual counselors, it ha...

Yes! Magazine

Megan Wildhood

20 April 2020

Lacey, Washington, United States

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Many psychologists and counselors have moved their therapy sessions online due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has been received largely positively across the nation. As the pandemic continues, however, there is an...

BBC

Reha Kansara

15 April 2020

Uganda

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In Uganda, an initiative known as StrongMinds is helping low- and middle-income women deal with depression. To address the shortage of psychiatrists in the region, StrongMinds trains former patients who have completed...

Spectrum News 1 SoCal

Parker Collins

6 April 2020

Redondo Beach, California, United States

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Immunocompromized individuals are under stricter guidelines to not leave their homes during the coronavirus because they are more susceptible to contracting the virus, but that can leave many feeling isolated. To mana...

Transitions Online

Hanna Liubakova

30 March 2020

Belarus

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A Belarus women’s-empowerment support group using the Wen-Do method ends each session with the students breaking a piece of wood with a chop of their hand, a literal show of strength that communicates how defending ag...

High Country News

Carl Segerstrom

25 March 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Social connection is crucial to recovery for people participating in Alcoholics Anonymous, but the quarantine mandated by the coronavirus has made that impossible. Support groups across the state of Washington are gra...

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