The Atlantic: Facebook Groups as Therapy

The Atlantic: Facebook Groups as Therapy. “Over the past year, the company has been consciously emphasizing groups—part of an effort, per Mark Zuckerberg, to ‘give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.’ These groups cover interests ranging as widely as the human imagination. Many are ‘closed,’ which in Facebook terminology means they are findable, but only members can see their content. Some are ‘secret’ and unsearchable, and membership is by invitation only. It’s not surprising, then, that Facebook has turned into a gathering place for strangers sharing their deepest secrets.”

The Next Web: People are turning to subreddits in lieu of traditional counseling

The Next Web: People are turning to subreddits in lieu of traditional counseling. “Cries for help echo. These aren’t quotes from a suicide hotline, or a group therapy session. They’re all posts on Reddit, just a few out of the hundreds a day that are made on the dozens of subreddits dedicated to helping people with mental health problems, life crises, or emotional torment.”

Stuff NZ: Teens create their own solutions to online harm developing free web app

Stuff NZ: Teens create their own solutions to online harm developing free web app. “When Keryn Tubbs discovered an anonymous Instagram page set up at her high school to embarrass other students, she not only got the page got taken down, she got thinking. Tubbs, now a second year law student at Victoria University, is the brainchild behind a free web app, In Case of Online Negativity (ICON), which launched on Friday.”

EurkeAlert: Facebook app offers opportunity to help unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers via friendsourcing

EurekAlert: Facebook app offers opportunity to help unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers via friendsourcing. “The app was developed as part of an investigation of a peer support group intervention in which emotional and informational issues that arose in the support group were pushed to the caregiver’s Facebook friends as questions. The Facebook friends then had the opportunity to enlist as a member of a support network by answering the support group questions. Researchers said that when those emotional and informational questions were answered, the caregivers experienced a feeling of increased support.”