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Along the Path: Depression and alcohol, my longest companions

Depression and addiction have served as my longest companions in life. Beyond any friends, beyond any family, they were nearly always by my side.

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN make a difference

In our society currently, it can feel like one is simply screaming out into the abyss with most things they try ⏤ without seemingly any difference or meaningful response.  However, I want to tell you that you can and do make a real difference each day. Simple things make a difference There have been two … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN make a difference

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN take a break

As much as you may feel pressured not to, you can take a break and take some time to yourself whenever you need. We all need a break in life In my life, I’ve been pressured to do more things than I will ever remember. I’ve even consistently pushed myself to give up sleep to … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN take a break

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Mental Health Moment: You ARE enough

Despite the blemishes, inadequacies and general “just not right” feeling advertisements try to instill in us, I want you to know that you are enough, as you are. Struggle of feeling “enough” For most of my life, I have felt inadequate. In fact, it wasn’t until the last few years of my life that I … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You ARE enough

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN choose how you spend your time

I want to tell you something that you might not have heard for a while: You have every right to choose how you spend your time.  Now, in our world full of constant pressures, isn’t that a nice thought? Constant time pressures It’s no secret that, especially as a society, we seem to want to pack … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN choose how you spend your time

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN make it

First off, take a breath. It’s Saturday. Despite whatever you’ve gone through or will in the future, you’ve made it through another week.  You have made it this far.  Oftentimes, if you look at your life in its entirety and the long road ahead, the seeming vastness of it can become daunting. In fact, the … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN make it

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Mental Health Moment: You DO have a choice

I think the biggest lies that I used to tell myself often were “I have no choice” or “this is just how things are”. However, both of these only served to keep me in place. They were meant as excuses to keep me comfortable. In fact, I’d like to share a different perspective/choice with you: … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You DO have a choice

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN follow through

I’ll be completely honest with you guys, most days the thought that repeats in my head is, “I don’t want to do this.” However, every day I drag myself — sometimes kicking and screaming — to do that specific activity (mostly exercise or work) to which I’ve made a commitment.  Because, after I do it, … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN follow through

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Thompson’s Take: Mental health, drug addiction and a need to do more

Lately, when I consider the Observer, why I founded it and my experiences professionally and in life, I think I started on the wrong foot, quite honestly. You see, I was fresh out of corporate journalism and very much still in the mindset of followers, clicks and trying to cover the “important issues” – which … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: Mental health, drug addiction and a need to do more

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KPD investigating shooting on city’s north side; suspect believed dead

KENOSHA ⏤ On Tuesday night, a 24-year-old man killed two people ⏤ and wounded two others ⏤ in a shooting in a home on the city’s north side. The shooter also died at the scene.  The Kenosha Police Department alerted the community to the incident early Wednesday morning, with a heavy police and also EMS … Continue reading KPD investigating shooting on city’s north side; suspect believed dead

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Observer Walk: Petrifying Springs Park trails (video)

This morning I got up and decided that I would go on a walk/hike around the trails in Petrifying Springs Park right here in the local Kenosha area. I hadn't in a while. However, exercise and mental health are linked together in ways. Therefore, I thought it might be peaceful and beneficial for everyone to … Continue reading Observer Walk: Petrifying Springs Park trails (video)

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Inmate found unresponsive in Kenosha County Jail cell dies

KENOSHA ⏤ The inmate found hanging in his jail cell on Feb. 9 at the Kenosha County Jail has died from his injuries.  Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. David Wright made the announcement Wednesday morning that the inmate ⏤ identified as Timothy J. Nelson, 25, of Kenosha ⏤ had died at Froedtert Hospital at 3:42 … Continue reading Inmate found unresponsive in Kenosha County Jail cell dies

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Artists, venues struggle for survival during COVID-19 era

Musicians, owners open up about challenges in staying afloat KENOSHA ⏤ Imagine, if you will, the struggle of watching as 50% to 100% of your monthly income vanishes in an instant at a few words' utterance. Not because of your choices as a musician or business owner, but because of an unprecedented event that overwhelmed … Continue reading Artists, venues struggle for survival during COVID-19 era

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Tonight’s events: ‘Reaching Out’ debut and Kenosha County Racial Equity Work Group meeting

'Reaching Out' event to share United Way resources Tonight at 5 p.m. the United Way of Kenosha County will be reviewing resources available to the community for its "Reaching Out" virtual series. The first installment of the series debuts at 5 p.m. tonight and is expected to last until 6 p.m. Though only an hour … Continue reading Tonight’s events: ‘Reaching Out’ debut and Kenosha County Racial Equity Work Group meeting

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Observer In-Depth: Focusing on the aspects unseen

Dr. Dominique Pritchett strives to elevate clients' voices, keep them healthy in an unhealthy time KENOSHA ⏤ Dr. Dominique Pritchett knows what it’s like to not have a voice. Her knowledge of hard times has pushed her to work her best to ensure her clients not only elevate their own voice, but are at peace … Continue reading Observer In-Depth: Focusing on the aspects unseen

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Art and activism: Beautifying, adding meaning to the aftermath of social unrest

KENOSHA ⏤ While the word saw Kenosha as a warzone, many young activists used art to beautify the areas that had been destroyed by riots in August 2020. 'Kenosha is a warzone' That is the perception that has been presented in many reports, comments and opinion pieces written since riots claimed Downtown and Uptown businesses … Continue reading Art and activism: Beautifying, adding meaning to the aftermath of social unrest