Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training available free of charge for Texas public library workers

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training available free of charge for Texas public library workers. “Thanks to a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD), in partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is offering free online classes in Adult and Youth (Adults Assisting Youth) Mental Health First Aid for the next five months for Texas public library workers, Texas public library board members, and Texas public library volunteers.”

Coronavirus: The strangers reaching out to Kyrgyzstan’s lonely teenagers (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: The strangers reaching out to Kyrgyzstan’s lonely teenagers. “Maksat (not his real name) feels alone and misunderstood. He often expresses suicidal feelings – a noticeable change, his teachers say, from the boy they knew before the curfew was brought in. And then he met a ‘phone pal’ – Jalalbek Akmatov, a university student in the capital Bishkek. Jalabek is one of around 100 young adults taking part in a project to reach out via phone to teenagers just like Maksat, thousands of whom have been stuck at home for weeks.”

Phys .org: The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus

Phys .org: The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus. “COVID-19 represents a major rupture in the status quo and calls for new forms of response. Perhaps this is why thousands of new ‘mutual aid’ groups have sprung up internationally. Many of these groups have swelled to several thousand members within a few days….But the rapid growth of this movement creates a steep learning curve for group organizers. Just as in wider society, mutual aid groups must grapple with political differences and structural inequality.”

Techzim: New Social Media Groups Popping Up Giving Zimbabweans Updates About Fuel Stations With Fuel

Techzim: New Social Media Groups Popping Up Giving Zimbabweans Updates About Fuel Stations With Fuel. “In response to the fuel shortages some innovative or rather ‘social media savvy’ individuals now have turned to social media platforms to crowdsource updates about which fuel station has fuel. Instead of wasting your fuel as you drive around trying to find where fuel is, you can just join some WhatsApp groups where people will be voluntarily saying where there is fuel.”

Phys .org: How new fathers use social media to make sense of their roles

Phys .org: How new fathers use social media to make sense of their roles. “My research focuses on understanding how modern fathers find and use online communities of men in similar situations, as they all try to make sense of their own parenting identities. By interviewing fathers and using big data analysis, my co-author and I found that fathers seek information and support online, use more anonymous social media sites like Reddit to discuss sensitive issues such as divorce and child custody conflicts, and blog about do-it-yourself projects as a way of legitimizing their childcare and domestic work as masculine labor.”

Wired: How A Facebook Group For Sexual Assault Survivors Became A Tool For Harassment

Wired: How A Facebook Group For Sexual Assault Survivors Became A Tool For Harassment. “WIRED spoke to five women who were in the group, including Amanda, some of whom provided screenshots to support their accounts. They described harassment by many of those new profiles, who threatened in some cases to contact their abusers or to call child protective services regarding their children. One troll commented that they had collected all of the women’s posts about abuse in a file, implying they could still be released even if they were deleted from Facebook.”

Youth Today: Every State’s Extended Foster Care Policies Now Available in New Database

Youth Today: Every State’s Extended Foster Care Policies Now Available in New Database. “The Juvenile Law Center released a new tool today that could help policymakers and advocates better understand and serve older youth — those over 18 — who are aging out of foster care. The National Extended Foster Care Review is a comprehensive database that catalogues each state’s laws and policies related to extended foster care.”

Forbes: How Millennials Use Social Media To Become More Competent Parents

Forbes: How Millennials Use Social Media To Become More Competent Parents . “Parents have always sought out advice from others. Some generations looked to their parents and grandparents. Others relied on books from experts like Benjamin Spock. Today, 71% of millennials value the advice and insights they receive from parenting blogs, parenting websites, forums, and social networks. In fact, they aren’t just looking to social media for occasional insights either.”

University at Buffalo: Too much online support can be harmful for HIV patients

University at Buffalo: Too much online support can be harmful for HIV patients. “For individuals living with HIV, online communities provide the support system they need to engage in positive self-care, which is critical in managing the virus and its ill effects. However, as new University at Buffalo School of Management research finds, beyond a certain threshold, online support can become overwhelming for HIV patients, leading to negative health behaviors.”

Phys .org: The benefits of social media for young people in care

Phys.org: The benefits of social media for young people in care . “Young people in care benefit from the psychological, emotional and social support gained via social media networks – according to new research from the University of East Anglia’s Centre for Research on the Child and Family (CRCF). Until now, the automatic assumption has been that platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp only pose a risk for this vulnerable group.” I believe in this case “in care” would be what the United States would refer to as “foster care” – at least one aspect of it. You can get more information here.

University of Kentucky: UK Special Collections Research Center Makes Available Records of Appalachian Social Justice Organizations

University of Kentucky: UK Special Collections Research Center Makes Available Records of Appalachian Social Justice Organizations. “University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) successfully completed work on its Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant, resulting in online access to the SCRC’s largest group of post-War on Poverty Appalachian primary sources.”

Newswise: New UCI Study Reveals How Social Media Can Help People Lose Weight

Newswise: New UCI Study Reveals How Social Media Can Help People Lose Weight. “Sharing the triumphs and tribulations of your weight loss journey with other members of an online virtual support community plays an important role in achieving success, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Entitled ‘Weight Loss Through Virtual Support Communities: A Role for Identity-based Motivation in Public Commitment,’ the study examines the role of virtual communities and public commitment in setting and reaching weight loss goals.”

Newswise: Want to Lose Weight? Snap That Selfie, Set That Goal, Share with Others

Newswise: Want to Lose Weight? Snap That Selfie, Set That Goal, Share with Others. “About those before and after selfies and public declarations of hitting the gym? New research co-authored by Dr. Sonya A. Grier, professor of marketing in the American University Kogod School of Business, confirms these announcements and progress updates are useful for the achievement of weight and fitness goals. ‘Weight Loss Through Virtual Support Communities: A Role for Identity-based Motivation in Public Commitment,’ published in the Journal of Interactive Marketing, examines the role of virtual communities and public commitment to setting and weight loss goals.”