Salon: How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months

Salon: How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months. “Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was ‘shocked’ when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.”

Mother Jones: Inside the Facebook Group Where Doctors Process Their Immense Coronavirus Grief

Mother Jones: Inside the Facebook Group Where Doctors Process Their Immense Coronavirus Grief. “As she sat on her couch in her house, alone, sick with COVID-19, an unwelcome series of thoughts crept into Erica Bial’s mind. If I die here, she wondered, who would ever notice? How long would the neighbor’s cat take to find me? Bial, a neurosurgeon living in Massachusetts, works at Lahey Hospitals northwest of Boston. She was two weeks into her self-imposed isolation with the disease, when it took a turn for the worse on her 45th birthday. ‘I had been—I thought—getting better,’ she said.”

EurekAlert: Meet the superusers who hold together health social media

EurekAlert: Meet the superusers who hold together health social media. “Online health communities help people to self-manage certain aspects of their long-term conditions better through harnessing support and knowledge held by other users in the network. They are mostly run on a voluntary basis by their users. Superusers (the 1 per cent highly active users) play a central role in these communities as a result of the characteristics of their online activity and their constant engagement.”

‘Everybody is feeling a loss of structure’: New Jersey offers text help for depression (North Jersey)

North Jersey: ‘Everybody is feeling a loss of structure’: New Jersey offers text help for depression. “More people are seeking help from mental health experts as they deal with anxiety due to health concerns, feelings of isolation and the sweeping changes to society due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts said. In response, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey has launched a free texting service to address the issue.”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: New website aims to connect people with support systems

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: New website aims to connect people with support systems. “Nebraska visitors to the website can sign up for a free 30-minute consultation with a therapist in the university’s marriage and family therapy program, find social media support groups, and discover other tips and resources to strengthen their mental health and resilience. Project leaders say they hope this website can be a resource for anyone needing assistance, but especially those in rural communities who may not have access to other mental health services.”

WSAW: New website and app to help navigate COVID-19 pandemic

WSAW: New website and app to help navigate COVID-19 pandemic. ” Faculty and staff at UW-Madison put together a new website and app to help people navigate through COVID-19. It’s called COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect and there are resources to help people find accurate information, mental health resources and talk with other Wisconsinites about their pandemic experience.”

Northeast Ohio Medical University: Pharmacy Facebook Group Advocates On Covid-19 Prescriptions

Northeast Ohio Medical University: Pharmacy Facebook Group Advocates On Covid-19 Prescriptions. “A Facebook group with more than 30,000 members is helping pharmacists, pharmacy techs, managers and students pull together to find solutions to the new challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jaclyn Boyle, Pharm.D. (’12), associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy, and Carl Palladino, a second-year pharmacy student, manage the group, called ‘Pharmacy Staff for COVID-19 Support.'”

Decaturish: Dear Decaturish – In response to coronavirus, resources for addicts move online

Decaturish: Dear Decaturish – In response to coronavirus, resources for addicts move online. “In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, something amazing is happening that I think most people don’t realize. It’s historical but if you’re not a part of the 12-Step community you might not even know that it’s happening. For the first time in its entire history, an entire subsect of American culture is going digital. Millions of people, who suffer from alcoholism and addiction, are taking their meetings online. Over a dozen meetings in Decatur alone will now be streamed over the internet.”

Palo Alto Online: Anonymous Confessions pages are surging in popularity on high school and college campuses. Why?

Palo Alto Online: Anonymous Confessions pages are surging in popularity on high school and college campuses. Why?. “In September, [Sergio] Charles started Cardinal Confessions, a Facebook page for students to anonymously share confessions of all kinds, both light-hearted and serious — stress, insecurities, relationship angst, questions about a course or grades, politics, campus gossip. He wanted to create a positive online community that would open up real-life conversations and create connections on a campus well-known for ‘duck syndrome’ — a metaphor for students, like ducks, acting calm on the surface but paddling furiously to stay afloat (even though ducks are inherently buoyant).”

TechCrunch: Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria

TechCrunch: Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria. “Ikaria isn’t another feed. It’s a safe space where you can chat with close friends and family, or people going through similar life challenges. Members of these group chats will optionally go through guided experiences that help them reflect on and discuss what’s going on in their hearts and minds. This could become a whole new media format where outside creators or mental health professionals could produce and contribute their own guided experiences.”

Newswise: New website powered by St. Jude informs families facing childhood cancer no matter where the patient receives treatment

Newswise: New website powered by St. Jude informs families facing childhood cancer no matter where the patient receives treatment. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leader in the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer, has launched Together… an online resource for anyone affected by childhood cancer. Together offers information about diseases, diagnosis and treatment options, as well as supportive care resources and shared stories of hope, healing and experience.”

I Programmer: Search Tool Released For Deleted Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles

I Programmer: Search Tool Released For Deleted Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles . “A new tool that can help find Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that have been deleted from the Microsoft site has been launched. The Microsoft KB Archive Search is described by its creators as a targeted Wayback time machine.”

EurekAlert: Carnegie Mellon leverages AI to give voice to the voiceless

EurekAlert: Carnegie Mellon leverages AI to give voice to the voiceless. “The [ Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute (LTI)] researchers have developed a system that leverages artificial intelligence to rapidly analyze hundreds of thousands of comments on social media and identify the fraction that defend or sympathize with disenfranchised minorities such as the Rohingya community. Human social media moderators, who couldn’t possibly manually sift through so many comments, would then have the option to highlight this ‘help speech’ in comment sections.”