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Have you heard about SF 2212?

February 19, 2018

Dear Friend of the Treatment Advocacy Center, I am writing to let you know that SF 2212 was introduced in the Iowa Senate last week by Senator Joe Bolkcom to enhance Iowa’s assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) law.  If this is something you have an interest in and would like to help pass the bill, we more »

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Mental illness and violence: Let’s change the conversation

December 4, 2017

Whenever there is a mass shooting or act of violence, people tend to resort to the same, tired talking points: calls for “thoughts and prayers,” pros and cons of gun control, and, when the perpetrator turns out to have a history of mental illness, the need for improved mental health care. Unfortunately, there’s an inherent more »

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MENTAL HEALTH FORUM WITH IOWA’S GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES

November 3, 2017

  The Des Moines Register is hosting this event in partnership with Des Moines University. It will be moderated by Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich. Doors open at 6 p.m. Program runs 6:30 to 8 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. The event will also be livestreamed at more »

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COLTRAIN: STOP SHAMING SUICIDE VICTIMS, INCLUDING BENNINGTON

August 1, 2017

COLTRAIN: STOP SHAMING SUICIDE VICTIMS, INCLUDING BENNINGTON http://daily-iowan.com/ The death of Linkin Park singer, Chester Bennington, highlights the need for our society to become better educated on mental health. By Travis Coltrain travis-coltrain@uiowa.edu Recently, the world learned of the loss of Chester Bennington, frontman for the band Linkin Park. His suicide, just a few months more »

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Stories from the front lines of Iowa’s mental health crisis

May 23, 2017

On April 16, I wrote an essay for the Register about the deaths of my neighbors — Mark, Charla, and Tawni Nicholson — and about their mentally ill son/brother Chase, who has been charged with murder in their deaths. I wrote the essay simply to express my sadness and anger over this family’s struggle to more »

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