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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Facebook Live Gives Accountability

Plus: Forgiveness and its benefits for mental health, and an RV for health screening for homeless

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Facebook Live Gives Accountability

Plus: Forgiveness and its benefits for mental health, and an RV for health screening for homeless

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

The Facebook Live Effect

Photo: CityLab

Facebook Live and other live streaming services are changing government agency accountability on all levels. The recent police shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge are just two examples of average citizens holding police accountable for their actions—and making sure that the shootings are reported accurately. Social media is being used more than ever to more accurately document events happening in society and will continue to hold government liable for any wrongdoings. (via CityLab)

Forgiving Other People Is Good for Your Health

Photo: GOOD

Forgiveness, for both yourself and others,can protect against stress and the toll it takes on a person’s mental health. In a new study from the Journal of Health Psychology, researchers looked at the lifetime effects of stress on a person’s mental health and found that more forgiving people were better off than those that weren’t so forgiving. Researchers say by forgiveness, no matter how difficult it may be, will leave you feeling good. (via TIME)

New medic van to serve Seattle homeless

Photo: KGW

The City of Seattle knows that to fix the city’s homelessness problem, it’s going to take more than just one solution. That’s why they’ve begun a series of efforts to provide these solutions, including one that is often overlooked: physical health of individuals experiencing homelessness. A new mobile medical RV will provide free care directly to homeless throughout the city for both mental health and primary care services. The van will be parked outside of free food kitchens throughout the city so that it can beeasily accessed by as many homeless people as possible. (via KGW)

Header photo: CityLab

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