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Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide

Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A Boston-based project is using predictive analysis technology to comb through social media posts in hopes of preventing suicide.

 

The opt-in Durkheim Project combines search technology with predictive analysis to estimate the suicide risk of an individual based on what he or she is posting on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Already in collaboration with Facebook, the Durkheim Project is currently gathering social media data from participating active duty military members and veterans.

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Maxx Johnson's curator insight, September 18, 2013 12:03 AM

Still good...

robyns tut's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:02 AM

This could be really helpful in preventing future incidents of suicide due to cyberbullying or other causes. If the project has success among the US army veterans, we could see it being implimented worldwide.

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Deandra Covington's curator insight, June 28, 9:09 PM

This is probably the neatest way to utilize social media to benefit our troops. The Durkhein Project is testing for mental illnesses by analyzing social media communication. Many people with mental illness want to be heard, but that doesn't mean they will just come out and say it or try to get the help they need. By finding key words or phrases, we may be able to eventually find who has PTSD or who is contemplating suicide.


While they have built a complete science around this, my only concern is that they might pinpoint the wrong people every once in a while. If they do, and their command is notified, could it affect their career? I suppose this is dependent on how they decide to deal with alerts if this is implemented. I think it is important to maintain that clinical intervention would be necessary first and only allow the member's command in if it is verified that the person is suicidal. 


With that said, I give tremendous kudos to this project. People that have a mental illness usually try to let people know they need help in some way or another. The Durkhein Project can help us better able to pinpoint these signs. 

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Virtual Reality: A New Therapy for PTSD

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Researchers at the University of California and a Pasadena counseling center for first-responders have hit upon the idea of using virtual reality -- computer simulations -- not only to treat the emotional ravages of war and catastrophe, but also to try to prevent them. As post-traumatic stress disorder -- the scourge of battle-weary warriors -- reaches epidemic proportions, the nation's fascination with video games is about to propel PTSD therapy into an entirely new dimension.

 

Headington's research has focused, in part, on dissecting the physiological causes and symptoms of post-traumatic stress, using sophisticated monitoring devices to track changes in body chemistry and the effectiveness of coping strategies.

 

Part of the program is a repair effort, to help victims of PTSD get over it by putting them back into terrifying situations -- only this time in a safe "virtual" environment where they can learn to rein in their emotions without the crushing pressure of actual threat.

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Virtual Therapists: The army's new weapon in the war against depression

Virtual Therapists: The army's new weapon in the war against depression | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
The mental health of our fighting men and women is a top concern, but the army's newest tool to help diagnose conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression is quite curious indeed. Meet SIM Sensei, the virtual therapist for soldiers.

 

How does the new therapy system work? A soldier in need of assistance can walk into a clinic without an appointment, enter a private computer booth, and sign on to the SIM Sensei system. That soldier can then talk to a 3D rendering of a human being for guidance.

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Navy Doc and Combat Psychologist Write Graphic Novel For Corpsmen

Navy Doc and Combat Psychologist Write Graphic Novel For Corpsmen | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

As San Diego's Naval Health Research Center chief scientist for behavioral health in the Behavioral Science and Epidemiology Department, Dr. Jerry Larson realized that warrior is an increasingly common role for corpsmen, and saw the need to deliver information that would help psychologically prepare corpsmen for the stress of active combat.

 

But how best to deliver this information to corpsmen? After some thought, he concluded it could best be done by the the modern storytelling method of a graphic novel. Graphic novels, which are so popular these days among young adults but have not been utilized to date by the military, tell stories with art in a traditional comic format, but have a 'beginning, middle, and end' like traditional novels. Larson says he chose this format specifically for its appeal to the targeted age group and its value in providing thought-provoking content for discussion in training scenarios.

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Shadow Quill 's curator insight, July 31, 2013 2:20 AM

Wonderful use of graphic novels to help the military

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Mobile App Helps Service Members Adjust to Life After Combat

The Department of Defense recently announced the release of a mobile application that helps service members reacclimate to life at home after returning from combat deployments.

 

Positive Activity Jackpot, developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, uses augmented reality with a smart phone’s GPS to help find nearby activities and diversions for someone accustomed to the high tempo of combat life.

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National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2)

T2 seeks to identify, treat, and minimize or eliminate the short and long-term adverse effects of TBI and other mental health conditions associated with military service. T2 partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other organizations throughout the world. Working together, our teams of psychologists and technology developers promote resilience, recovery and reintegration so that Service members and their families can thrive in their community of choice.

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