How one social worker is giving back to his childhood community

Good News Notes: “When he worked as a student advocate at Fort Vancouver High School, Damien Wheeler connected with a student who was at risk of failing. Wheeler said the student wasn’t asking his teacher for help, so he stepped in. “He felt comfortable because he had someone on his side,” Wheeler said. “And he…

One teen from New York is giving back to the Make-A-Wish organization

Good News Notes: “In tonight’s dose of good news… Make-A-Wish is known for giving young kids unforgettable memories. But one teen decided to use her opportunity to help others. Maria Luz says coming to terms with an epilepsy diagnosis in the winter she turned 12 was one of the hardest things she’s ever had to…

UMass Medical School drama therapy mental illness patients

Good News Notes: “In the play “Lost & Found,” there is a king, a queen, a princess and a wise man. The characters are reading the lines on their scripts. But those “actors” are not real actors from a drama series.   They are a group of people struggling with mental illness who are either stuck in the dark or in the process of recovery, going through a…

A Paralyzed Man’s Brain Waves Converted to Speech in a World-First Breakthrough

Good News Notes: “In a world first, US researchers have developed a neuroprosthetic device that successfully translated the brain waves of a paralyzed man into complete sentences, according to a scientific paper published Thursday. “This is an important technological milestone for a person who cannot communicate naturally,” said David Moses, a postdoctoral engineer at the University…

Roche Diagnostics India launches mobile app to alleviate emotional and mental health burden of healthcare workers

Good News Notes:  “Roche Diagnostics India has launched REACH, a wellness platform developed to support the mental health of healthcare professionals. When the world is fighting COVID-19 Pandemics, Frontline Healthcare Professionals (HCWs) are one of the most vulnerable groups at mental risk. According to the company’s statement, health problems. REACH has announced that it aims to provide front-line…

Daryush Parvinbenam Explains How Mindfulness Can Help Trauma Survivors

Good News Notes:  “Mindfulness has been proven to have countless positive mental and physical effects on individuals of all backgrounds. Clinical psychotherapist Daryush Parvinbenam recently discussed how mindfulness can improve the lives of individuals dealing with varying kinds of trauma. Trauma is a blanket term, because trauma can take many mental and physical forms. It can be…

Wildlife Rescue Center In Ballwin Sees Recent Surge In Creaturely Patients

Good News Notes: “Last year, the Wildlife Rescue Center located in Ballwin, Missouri, saw a significant uptick in the number of patients it cared for: Some 3,500 creatures got assistance from the center’s small staff and army of volunteers over the course of 2020. The increase didn’t come as a total surprise to executive director Kim Rutledge,…