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Simpson seniors explain data on sexual assault reporting at Iowa colleges

Three seniors presented their research capstone findings about the effectiveness of sexual assault prevention programs at Simpson College's annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium last Thursday. Laura Wiersema, Britteny Johnson and Temesha Derby spent this semester digging into the prevalence of sexual assault reporting at numerous colleges around Iowa. The focus of their investigation was how… Continue reading Simpson seniors explain data on sexual assault reporting at Iowa colleges

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Recap of Simpson College’s 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum

The six Democratic candidates running for governor presented their vision for Iowa to an audience of about 200 people at a forum held on April 11 in Simpson College's Pote Theatre. The Simpson College Democrats organization co-hosted the event along with the John C. Culver Public Policy Center. Three members of Simpson Democrats—senior Will Seiler… Continue reading Recap of Simpson College’s 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum

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Quick preview of my next NAMI article

  For the third article I'm writing for the NAMI Iowa website, I'm highlighting the work of student organizations at different colleges around Iowa that advocate for mental health awareness. The two main organizations I'm writing about are Active Minds and NAMI On Campus, which are two national organizations that have local chapters at colleges… Continue reading Quick preview of my next NAMI article

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Top 4 things I’ve learned about mental health this semester

After spending this whole semester talking about mental health, both as an intern for Iowa's National Alliance on Mental Illness and for my mobile and social media class, I thought I'd share four important things I've learned about mental health during the past few months: 1. Changing laws is only one part of changing the… Continue reading Top 4 things I’ve learned about mental health this semester

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Mental health is not (and should not) be a partisan issue

On March 29, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law two bills that mental health advocates, including NAMI Iowa, have been pushing for all year. The first bill (HF 2456) will, among other things, expand mental health services across the state by creating six access centers that would help mental health patients who don't require hospitalization. The… Continue reading Mental health is not (and should not) be a partisan issue

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A song for My Friends, courtesy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Anyone who knows me knows the Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of my favorite rock groups of all time. Their music is known for being energetic, funky and upbeat. Listening to it is almost guaranteed to put me in a good mood. However, much of their music also deals with serious topics such as… Continue reading A song for My Friends, courtesy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Fixing the wires: Julien Baker’s “Happy to Be Here”

My favorite song from Julien Baker's 2017 album is track No. 8, "Happy to Be Here." Like many of her songs on the album, this one puts Baker's struggle with mental illness front and center. Throughout the song, she uses an extended analogy of faulty wiring to allude to her mental suffering. In the first… Continue reading Fixing the wires: Julien Baker’s “Happy to Be Here”