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It’s Not Just Beating the Blues: Anna’s* Story

September 1, 2015

Major depression disorder affects about 14.8 million adults (6.7%) in the United States as reported by NAMI. Anna’s* story is one of the 14.8 million stories in America. Anna was happily married, with four children, and working a steady job. Her life was going well, until one day she began to have feelings of depression, […]

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The Hidden South East Corner of Hillcrest Family Services

August 24, 2015

When people hear someone talking about Hillcrest Family Services they most like start thinking something along the lines of “I know about Hillcrest, they are that big human service agency in Dubuque, Iowa.” While they are correct that the majority of the services offered by Hillcrest are located in the Dubuque area and the Dubuque […]

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Adverse Childhood Experience

August 6, 2015

The Adverse Childhood Experience (commonly referred to as the ACE study) was co-authored by Dr.’s Robert Anda and Vincent Felitti from the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, respectively. It was designed to address scientific gaps between certain known risk factors and poor overall health, both physical and mental. The risk factors included five […]

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Mental Health is Rising to a Major Issue in Iowa and Ohio

July 22, 2015

Just as we were beginning to think the only way to have mental health become a candidate issue was for a Hillcrest Family Services staff person to bring it up at the question and answer period for visiting candidates, two Presidential hopefuls brought it up on their own.  Until this point, we had only found […]

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Visits Going Up Very Fast, Comments Going Up Slowly, Contributions Not Keeping Up

July 15, 2015

Through today there have been 71 declared Presidential candidate visit days in Iowa since June 3rd. By the end of the day on Sunday the 19th the number of visits will climb over 100. This is a great opportunity for Iowans to see in small settings the next Leader of the Free World. The number […]

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Candidates Can Be Engaged on Mental Health

July 14, 2015

Through one and a half months of tracking presidential candidates’ comments on mental health care, only four officially cited comments could be found by Hillcrest Family Services. I personally sought to engage one of the now nineteen confirmed Republican and Democratic candidates last night. I listened intently as Governor Bobby Jindal, appearing at the local […]

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Only 3 Mentions of Mental Health

June 30, 2015

It’s amazing to me that in one month, there have been 18 declared presidential candidates and 37 visits to Iowa. With each visit, the candidates highlight why they are the best fit for the office of president.  Why they are the most capable of caring for our country.  Yet, in that last month, between these […]

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Political Forecast Confirmed

June 16, 2015

The list of declared Presidential Candidates grew to sixteen on June 15th and the number of days they visit Iowa continues to grow. Yet, the number of documented times that “mental health” has been used in their presentations remains at 1.  The forecast calls for more candidates to join the President want-to-be list in the […]

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Why do Presidential Candidates Need to Talk about Mental Health?

June 3, 2015

In the 2012 Presidential Campaign the issue of mental health treatment rarely was discussed by the candidates or questioned by the media.  All health focus related to the Affordable Care Act and mental health was only brought up in relation to tragic incidents. Discussions on mental health most often go on behind closed doors. Now […]

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Students Give Back to the Community

May 20, 2015

On Friday, April 24, 2015 thirty-two Anna B. Lawther Academy high school students, along with teachers and teacher associates participated in the city of Dubuque’s “Days of Caring”.  This is an annual event where the committee organizes projects for local non-profits (these projects are typically things that the non-profit cannot afford to do, doesn’t have […]

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