Mashable: Facebook unveils new Messenger tools for World Mental Health Day

Mashable: Facebook unveils new Messenger tools for World Mental Health Day. “If only talking to friends about mental health was as easy as pushing a button. In honor of World Mental Health Day, Facebook has launched two new tools on Messenger created to do just that. Produced in consultation with the World Health Organization, the tools were designed to help facilitate difficult conversations concerning mental health.”

The Atlantic: Where Toxic Masculinity Goes to Die

The Atlantic: Where Toxic Masculinity Goes to Die. “There’s no elegant way to put this, but I’m in love with an online forum devoted to facial hair. Naturally, and like many other discussion boards, Beard Board is full of men—but the men here are kindhearted and supportive of one another. Cruelty is forbidden; generosity is encouraged. The site can feel like a haven, which is important, because while it’s nominally about beards—growing them, grooming them—in practice it offers a kind of group therapy.”

UC Davis Health: $4 million grant to UC Davis and Drexel tests online tool for caregivers of individuals with dementia

UC Davis Health: $4 million grant to UC Davis and Drexel tests online tool for caregivers of individuals with dementia. “Agitation and aggression are just a few of the behavioral and psychological symptoms that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders – and their caregivers — can have difficulty understanding and managing. But an easy-to-use online platform, called WeCareAdvisor, aims to bridge the information gap for caregivers, who are typically family members. The tool educates caregivers about dementia and provides daily tips for managing stress. It also offers a systematic approach for describing, investigating, creating and evaluating strategies, known as the DICE approach.”

University of Arkansas: Study Co-authored by UAMS Doctor Shows Benefit of Facebook Patient Support Groups in Rare Cancer Research

University of Arkansas: Study Co-authored by UAMS Doctor Shows Benefit of Facebook Patient Support Groups in Rare Cancer Research. “An article co-authored by Jerad Gardner, M.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) demonstrates the ability to use international Facebook patient support groups to rapidly reach large numbers of rare cancer survivors.”

University of Georgia: Study shows Facebook groups aid breastfeeding support

University of Georgia: Study shows Facebook groups aid breastfeeding support. “Facebook could be the key to helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges. That’s according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Researchers found that mom-to-mom breastfeeding support groups on Facebook were a valued source of support specifically for African American mothers.”

New York Times: Grieving People Gathered on a Facebook Support Group. Then a Hacker Showed Up.

New York Times: Grieving People Gathered on a Facebook Support Group. Then a Hacker Showed Up.. “A popular Facebook grief support page reclaimed control of its account Thursday after a hacking attack that page administrators say went unaddressed for seven weeks. The case is the latest knock on Facebook’s efforts to monitor content on its platform.”

South China Morning Post: Roadsign search engine for mental health services in Hong Kong points patients on path to recovery

South China Morning Post: Roadsign search engine for mental health services in Hong Kong points patients on path to recovery. “Keyword searches on the website enable users to call up services by location, nature of organisation, type of mental disorder, or service cost, among other categories. Under each entry, there is additional information about target patient groups and how to apply for help.”