Shared Links (weekly) Oct. 18, 2020

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When mental health emergencies end in fatal police encounters

How You Can Use Mindfulness to Guide Neuroplasticity to Improve Brain and Mental Health

How to Help a Suicidal Friend

Crisis Services & People of Color — We Can Do Better: Interview with Vic Armstrong

These apps make mental health easier for people in the margins

What We Know About LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Why hope is essential, not a luxury

Budget-Friendly Ways To Get Support For Your Mental Health… Read More

Sharing – QAnon’s Obsession With SaveTheChildren Is Making It Harder To Save Kids From Traffickers

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This is the reality, and why the lies are not harmless.

“In reality, child trafficking in the U.S. doesn’t look like a bunch of Hollywood and D.C. elites performing satanic rituals on children they stole from suburban playgrounds. Instead, kids who are sexually exploited are often poor, children of color, immigrants, or some combination of the three, and they’ve often been in the child welfare system or run away from home. In 2018, 1 in 7 kids who were reported as runaways to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely victims of child sex trafficking, according to UNICEF.… Read More

Would you Rather Talk Mental Health with a Bot?

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I’m glad so many people are open to having a robot therapist, because as we have discussed many times, we don’t have nearly enough therapists to treat everyone who needs it, and you can’t just create more trained therapists very quickly. With good enough artificial intelligence programming, we CAN spin up more trained chat robots to meet the need. Is the programming good enough today? I don’t know. I’m guessing there is still some work to do, but at what point is it better than what we have now for so many people, which is nothing?… Read More

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