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  • Facebook launches suicide prevention tools
  • Facebook launches suicide prevention tools
    Andri G (2013) ©

Facebook launches suicide prevention tools

Many of us spend lunchtimes scrolling absent-mindedly through Facebook. Weddings, job announcements, trips abroad; you like a few photos and roll your eyes at some status updates. But what if a friend's updates suggest they're depressed? A new Facebook tool makes it easier to help. 



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    At age 3, around a quarter of children go online daily, increasing to about 50% by age 5. And if the internet really is as “dangerous as letting children go out into the street”, is child-friendly software and brightly-coloured ‘kid versions’ enough to keep Gen Z surfers safe and happy?

  • An early-warning system for depression An early-warning system for depression

    Researchers at Dartmouth College wanted to explore the link between students’ well-being and their academic performance. They developed the StudentLife app to measure stress, depression and loneliness, and automatically predict which individuals might be in need of assistance.

  • Article image Talkspace: text your therapist on your way to work

    One in ten Americans are clinically depressed. As busyness becomes a status symbol for Millennials, the stress is mounting. 'Text therapy' platform Talkspace appeals to a generation accustomed to immediate answers with a tap of a smartphone – but is it effective?

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    As Facebook and Twitter become the hubs of social life, some people reveal too much about themselves. Research suggests it feels good to brag about yourself online, with 80% of social media posts devoted to how we feel or think.