Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Logan Fenhouse reports on access to mental healthcare in her civic dispatch from Walker County.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, almost one in five of American adults will suffer from a mental illness of some form within the next year. In Walker County alone, that means nearly 13,000 of the almost 65,000 residents here will experience mental health problems. For a tight-knit small town like Jasper, this means that practically everyone knows someone, or are themselves, facing mental illness.
Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Katie Tindol reflects on women’s roles in Walker County in her thought piece from Jasper, Alabama.
Over lunch at Jasper’s Victoria’s Café, the faculty sponsor of New College’s Walker County civic engagement internship, John Miller, uttered some words to me and my fellow Jean O’Connor Snyder Interns that have stuck with me since. As we talked about the end of our internship experience, Miller said, “You’ll never see a stronger civic infrastructure than here in Walker County”.
2018 Jean O’Connor-Snyder Intern Currie Blackwell shines a light on identity and belonging in this profile of a creative and civic leader in Walker County. Read More »
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