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A Depression Fighting Strategy That Could Go Viral

The New York Times

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A strategy for stopping widespread depression in developing countries should be as obvious as one for combatting epidemics. A new strategy aims to downshift jobs to local workers to act as peer therapists.

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A special program helps women combat depression, other mental health issues

KPCC

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A unique program at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center is combining prenatal care with psychiatric treatment for low-income women who might otherwise not seek help for mental health issues during pregnancy.

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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

The New York Times

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A overview of 2014's Fixes columns - connecting the dots between 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world.

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Changing Course

The Connecticut Mirror

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Science suggests that having a secure relationship with a caregiver can help protect a child’s brain and body from the effects of adversity. A Connecticut program for very young children who have experienced trauma or other challenges has gotten results by focusing on that relationship – and the ...

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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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Depressed? Try Therapy Without the Therapist

The New York Times

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MoodGYM is an online program targeted to help those suffering from depression for whom it is a challenge to access therapy because of location or the stigma it carries.

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Fighting Depression, One Village at a Time

The New York Times

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In many nations with highly traumatized people, psychologists and psychiatrists are absent. Different programs in various nations are training ordinary people and creating community groups to effectively satisfy the mental health needs of their community.

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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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In Iowa, Accountable Care Begins To Make A Difference

Kaiser Health News

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In Iowa, a group of doctors and hospitals get together to form a network responsible for taking care of a group of Medicare patients. If the network can prove it’s keeping those patients healthier and spending less money to do so, it gets to keep some of the savings—creating a financial incentive...

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Rekindling Human Contact in the Digital Age

The New York Times

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Researchers are investigating how in a world of technology and social media, people feel more alone then ever and isolated from society. But millennials are creating a landscape of new institutions to meet their needs for community, purpose and, in some cases, spiritual experience.

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