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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...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Molly Bohannon

31 August 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, a teen-run suicide prevention hotline connects teens who need someone to talk to with a peer operator who works to listen to and calm the caller. The volunteer teenage operators don't offer medical advice ...

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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...

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...

Montana Free Press

Alex Sakariassen

11 June 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Throughout the United States, health care professionals are beginning to prescribe "time outdoors" as a remedy for physical and mental illnesses in place of pharmaceuticals. Due to the stressors caused by Covid-19, th...

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...

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...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

28 March 2020

Italy

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As governments order lockdowns of cities and countries due to coronavirus concerns, many people are at risk for experiencing mental health issues such as loneliness and anxiety. To combat this, people are turning to t...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Tyrone Turner

5 March 2020

Hagerstown, Maryland, United States

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Named after his daughter who overdosed, a former narcotics police officer created Brooke's House, a women's treatment facility in Maryland. Combining methodologies and using multiple approaches, the program works to h...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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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...

NBC News

Kaitlin Sullivan

28 January 2020

New York, United States

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A new form of psychiatric treatment known as psychedelic-assisted therapy is gaining recognition of being a credible way to fight against anxiety and depression. This breakthrough has proven to be especially beneficia...

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Kaelyn Forde

9 January 2020

Springfield, Missouri, United States

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Although people often only showcase the best moments of their lives on social media platforms, a handful of celebrities have started sharing their mental health struggles which in turn has helped decrease the stigma a...

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...

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Lidija Pisker

7 January 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Zdena Šarić, known as the mother of encaustic painting in Bosnia, began melting wax and applying it to surfaces such as paper, canvas, and wood to help with her own depression. She has since used social media, local m...

The New York Times

Andrea Petersen

8 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Providing patents with manageable, meaningful activities helps address issues of depression and cognitive impairment. The approach of Problem Adaptation Therapy (PATH) focuses on giving patients tools and small activi...

The New York Times

Benedict Carey

11 November 2019

Glen Oaks, New York, United States

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Self-injury tactics have been increasing among adolescents, but psychologists are finding success with implementing specialized forms of therapy. Typically used with those diagnosed with a personality disorder, a spec...

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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...

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...

Time Magazine

Mandy Oaklander

24 October 2019

Tennessee, United States

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Medical professionals throughout the United States are starting to implement mental health screenings during routine care in order to better assess those at risk of suicide. Using a combination of health records and q...

U.S. News & World Report

Kelly Davis

15 October 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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Hoarding can be a symptom of depression or an outlet for trauma, and was forcing low-income seniors out of housing in California. To address this, researchers collaborated with various agencies and organizations to of...

VentureBeat

Kyle Wiggers

10 October 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Using artificial intelligence, social media companies can quickly identify and reach out to those at risk for self-harm. Pinterest, a San Francisco-based social media company, is employing AI to support its user’s emo...

The New York Times

Catherine Cheney

24 September 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Connecting to peers makes coping with emotional distress easier for youth. Youthline, a youth suicide crisis intervention service operated by Lines for Life puts those struggling in touch with volunteers their own age...

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...

Popular Science

Temma Ehrenfeld

12 September 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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There is a movement amongst clinicians and researchers involved in suicide prevention to reclassify suicide as a "condition in its own right" in order to better teach and treat symptoms. In some places, such as Detroi...

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