West Side residents flood the polls with hopes of mental health and labor reform

Despite predictions that President Trump’s controversial performance would be the primary incentive driving voters to cast their ballots this midterm, residents of Austin kept it local. At polls across the neighborhood, voters cited the need for more mental health services and workers rights as their motivation to show up.

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Art is a crucial form of resistance and healing for Palestinians, says local artist

The trauma she experienced during the Second Intifada continues to haunt Mary Hazboun, a 34-year-old Palestinian artist and folk singer from Bethlehem. She’s now channelled some of her pain into an art project titled “The Art of Weeping.”

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A new Illinois law calls attention to postpartum mental illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in nine women experience symptoms of postpartum depression; One in one thousand women experience symptoms of psychosis, and up to four percent of women with untreated postpartum psychosis commit infanticide. A new law in Illinois allows postpartum illnesses like depression and psychosis to be mitigating factors in sentencing.

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