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A Safe Haven in Cartoon Confidants

The New York Times

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Children coming from abusive households are often reluctant to discuss their past experiences. A Mexican foundation is using animated characters to help abused and ill children speak about their lives.

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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here's how this idea got its start.

TED Blog

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Curbing Online Abuse Isn't Impossible. Here's Where We Start

Wired

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Harassment on the internet is more accepted but just as harmful as it is in person. RiotGames, a game publisher, decreased abuse by enabling its gaming members to decide and enforce community norms.

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Escaping the Cycle of Scarcity

The New York Times

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Poor people are less likely to make smart financial decisions. New research in the U.S., says this is not about intelligence but rather about a brain being overwhelmed with issues related to poverty.

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Fighting Bullying With Babies

The New York Times

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

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For Better Crime Prevention, a Dose of Science

The New York Times

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Crime is a result of many underlying social issues, but crime labs, like the one in New York, are studying which simple solutions will have the most impact in their city.

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For Teens in Crisis, the Next Text Could Be a Lifesaver

The New York Times

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With pressures of depression, anxiety, and suicide on the rise, teenagers in the United States are challenged to find the comfortable outlet and accessibility for emotional support. The Crisis Text Line offers a counseling service through mobile texting, which reduces the shame that can occur wh...

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For Veterans, a Surge of New Treatments for Trauma

The New York Times

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Post-traumatic stress has triggered dire consequences for U.S. veterans, including an increase in suicide, and not all therapeutic treatments for the disorder have succeeded. To treat and potentially cure the effects of PTSD, the Center for Mind-Body Awareness offers veterans Buddhist-inspired me...

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For Weight Loss, a Recipe of Teamwork and Trust

The New York Times

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Weight-loss is difficult to maintain, individually and even in small support groups. In support groups, different structures are required to hold team participants accountable for continued progress, including tough-love, discipline, and financial incentives.

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Evolving a City

On Being

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David Sloan Wilson takes what he knows about evolution and applies it to social groups in his hometown of Binghamton to show how people can live at their best for the good of the whole. He discusses how cities and communities can be improved in favor of social cooperation by applying the ingredie...

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