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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 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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Caring for mentally ill: 3 counties' success stories

The Seattle Times

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There is a mental-health capacity crisis gripping Washington state. The area’s response approach, crafted over two decades, centers on a set of intensive outpatient and early-intervention programs aimed at preventing hospitalizations.

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Doctoring, without the doctor

The New York Times

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There is a shortage of medical practitioners in thinly-populated rural states like Nebraska. But new laws now allow nurses with advanced degrees to practice without requiring a doctor's oversight.

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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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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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