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No robe required: more approachable court means less trauma, more help for those living with mental illness

By Karen Schotanus

In Wyandotte County, an involuntary commitment court is working hard to become a “helping court.”

With the cooperation of Judge Kathleen Lynch’s trauma-informed courtroom, law enforcement and community partners like the Wyandot Center (Wyandotte County’s mental health center), those on involuntary commitment court orders are being given more opportunities to succeed. 808 more words

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$1.6 million KU grant will reduce violence and improve health in KCK

By Debra DeCoster

Gunshots sounded in Dola Gabriel’s Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhood at 3 a.m. on a Wednesday last year.  Upon hearing the rapid fire of bullets, Gabriel, senior research assistant for KU Center for Community Health and Development, rolled out of her bed and onto the floor, hoping that the bullets wouldn’t slam into her bedroom. 721 more words

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It's Been A Minute | Two Weeks Later

It’s been two entire weeks since my post regarding the relapse of my eating disorder and I want you all to know that while my mental state isn’t perfect, I’m doing so much better than I was. 258 more words

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Reading Yourself Through Others

There will be a score of people that come into our lives- many of whom will have their own stories, passions, pains, and ambitions. Some of the them will stay for a season and some will stay for a lifetime. 409 more words