Tag Archives: urban-rural divide

Mental Illness- Country SMSL014



Kyler interviews Clay Hamilton, a local machinist, whose family owns a farm in southern Colorado.  Clay’s father, a farmer, took his own life after suffering from depression for many years. Unfortunately, statistics are showing that this is a common story in rural America.  Kyler and Clay hit on a few reasons why suicide rates are highest amongst farmers than any other occupation.

 

 


Mental Illness- City SMSL013



Jessica starts off the series on Mental Illness with an interview with, Lauren Turner, a psychiatric social worker for the Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles County.  The two discuss services available for youth suffering from severe mental health issues and what obstacles they encounter coming out of a system that provides more assistance for kids than young adults. They also speak on how an urban environment can directly affect one’s mental health.

The interview was conducted on the phone so we apologize for the poor quality.

Kyler picks up the next episode after investigating how rural Colorado is looking to help an increase of farmers looking for mental health services.


Gun rights (and schools) Pt 2- SMSL009



Saturday, March 24th is the March for our Lives.  We have been overwhelmed and impressed by the students of Parkland who refuse accept complacency rather than action in the fight for gun control measures.  For part two in our Gun Rights series, we sat down with educators Tom Tichy, Milcah Hawk and Steve Lange, to hear their thoughts on mass school shootings, teachers with guns and efforts to keep their students and themselves safe. Everyone agreed the most important thing we can do is vote.


Gun rights Pt 1- SMSL008



As promised we started talking to folks in our area about guns.  Do they have guns in their home?  Do they feel safe on the street in their towns?   Do they trust that law enforcement can protect them and their property?  We’ve once again split this topic into parts.  Our first episode explores two perspectives we may be more familiar with, the rural hunter and someone who experienced an act of random violence in the big city.  Both John and Chris give heartfelt and thorough explanations as to why they believe as they do about gun rights.  In Part 2, we will sit down with some teachers in our areas to hear what they think about school safety and mass shootings.