San Diego Union-Tribune: How school counselors are helping children cope during COVID. “Many students returned to school campuses full time this year with trauma in tow. Many had struggled with distance learning, suffered through mental health issues and endured social isolation and challenges at home due to the pandemic. The job of helping students recover fell largely to school counselors, a chronically understaffed profession tasked with tending to students’ social, mental and academic needs.”
Mashable: Meet the chatbot that simulates a teen experiencing a mental health crisis. “In digital conversation, Riley is a young person who is trying to come out as genderqueer. When you message Riley, they’ll offer brief replies to open-ended questions, sprinkle ellipses throughout when saying something difficult, and type in lowercase, though they’ll capitalize a word or two for emphasis. Riley’s humanness is impressive given that they’re a chatbot driven by artificial intelligence to accomplish a unique goal: simulate what it’s like to talk to a young person in crisis so that volunteer counselors can become skilled at interacting with them and practice asking about thoughts of suicide.”
KJZZ: New Program Provides Free Crisis Counseling To Arizonans Impacted By Coronavirus. “The Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling program is now available for free to people statewide. It’s being done in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) at the federal level, and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) at the state level.” This is mostly an audio article, but the text appears to contain all the salient information.
Bustle: Therapy For Latinx Online Database Helps Connect People With Culturally Competent Counselors
Bustle: Therapy For Latinx Online Database Helps Connect People With Culturally Competent Counselors. “A lack of culturally competent therapists — therapists who’ve been trained to be respectful and understanding of diverse patients’ cultures — is often cited as one of the main reasons Latinx people forego mental health counseling For this reason, Brandie Carlos, a web designer and social media manager, was moved to create Therapy For Latinx, a new online database that makes it easy for Latinx people to find mental health professionals in their own communities.”