mge (Marcia Epstein)


Comment history

Man sentenced to 20 years in mental health facility killing

I ask for compassion for both families, including Brandon, please. Earlier in 2016, I met Brandon's father at meetings we both attended. From our conversations, I know that these two families' stories are the stories of horrible outcomes when a person who has mental illness does not get the right help. I also ask you to keep in mind that people with mental illness are much more likely to be the victims of violence, than to be the perpetrators.

If your reaction is fear and anger toward people with mental illness, I urge you to contact the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center about their Mental Health First Aid classes, where you can learn more about people with mental illness, and how you can be helpful to those in your own life. Because we all know people with mental illness. Mental illness is that common.

December 30, 2016 at 11:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib to retire this summer

LPD Chief Tarik Khatib brought Bert Nash's Mental Health First Aid training to the officers, and brought the Crisis Intervention Team approach to policing here. I recognize these as two very big steps, and as I am a social worker specializing in suicide prevention and bereavement support, I especially appreciate these efforts. I always experience Chief Khatib as kind, caring, open to listening; traits that are not always the first that come to mind when reflecting on people in positions of authority. Thank you, Chief. And best wishes in your life chapters that begin Summer 2017.

December 16, 2016 at 10:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence artist's business grows out of campaign to cheer up hospitalized friend

I would love these card sets even if Stacey were not a dear friend. I recently bought one set for a birthday present for family member who works with cancer patients at Truman Medical Center. And a second set was the prize last Saturday in a random drawing at international Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. In both cases the cards will have a ripple effect as the recipient is dedicated to sharing these great messages with others. The cards inspire smiles & acts of good to self and others. They are a great way of spreading love and hope. And there is always room for more of both. Thank you, Stacey Lamb!

November 25, 2016 at 3:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Folk icon Judy Collins on work ethic, mental health and what keeps her optimistic

I first "met" Judy Collins through her music. I met her in a different way when she was a keynote speaker in the 1990's at an annual "Healing After Suicide" conference which is part of the annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology.

I am so pleased that LJW reporter Joanna Hlavacek invited Judy Collins to speak about her personal experiences with depression, substance abuse and suicide. And so pleased that Judy Collins spoke eloquently about these, including her statement, "I think talking about issues in mental health is vital to the solutions..."

Joanna and Judy, thank you so much for your public conversation about life challenges. I know that Words Save Lives, that hearing someone's story of moving through darkness to better days builds hope and safety for others. Thank you both!

September 23, 2016 at 4:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parking proposition prompts blowback from Oread landlords

I love living in the Oread neighborhood, and want all our residents to enjoy living here. So, as for this proposal to prohibit "stacked parking" where the only access is an alley, please consider the perspective traffic and pedestrian safety.

If that doesn't say enough, then I encourage people to carefully walk and drive (slowly, please) our Oread Neighborhood alleys.

There is little space. Safely entering and exiting parking spaces off the alley is complicated by: cars driving at different speeds through the alley, cars entering the alley from either end, pedestrians (some with their pets) walking to and from various destinations, residents walking to and from dumpster and recycling containers, vegetation (especially near the ends of alleys) that limits visibility, narrow streets at the end of our alleys,...

PS This parking guideline is only one very small part of the proposed Oread Design Guidelines. And that meeting was only one in a very long series with many opportunities for public discussion about every aspect of those guidelines. For more info see

July 31, 2016 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Black Lives Matter Candlelight Vigil

Lovely photos. Thanks. Where can we find the related story?

July 11, 2016 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Transgender students reflect on challenges as lawmakers pursue bathroom policy; Lawrence school board prepares for discussion

What brave students! Thank you so much for speaking up for all the transgender and gender nonconforming youth in USD 497.

Misgendering, calling and/or treating people by a gender different from the one they know they are, greatly increases the risk of suicide. On June 1, Gov. Brownback signed the Jason Flatt Act for Kansas, mandating some training, policies, and procedures for staff of accredited schools in Kansas. Policies to protect students so they may safely use the bathroom of their gender identity decreases violence toward, and suicide attempts by, transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

June 12, 2016 at 6:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Transgender activist sues Kansas over birth certificate

Stephanie is the woman she is. Her legal documents should reflect her truth. Just because Stephanie was assigned male at birth does not make that accurate. Birth certificates get changed for adoption, names, other errors. Legal documents that do not reflect the person's authentic gender create problems with travel, in legal situations, and more. By pursuing this against the state of Kansas, Stephanie is advocating for so many to be treated respectfully.

And a love-based advocate is who Stephanie is. Learn more about her amazing work through Transgender Faith Tour and Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project and her Huffington Post blog and...

February 25, 2016 at 1:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'People's State of the Union' to take place Sunday at library

This is an opportunity to share a story that will become part of a bigger story about what We, The People need community leaders, the Governor, the President to hear: about important issues and experiences. I'm really looking forward to being part of this & what comes next.

For more info, head to this event on Facebook. You don't have to be a regular Facebook user!
USDAC #PSOTU2016 ~ Lawrence, KS

January 27, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence artist looks to shed light on lesser-known pieces of Kansas history

Dave Loewenstein is internationally known for his community murals. We are very fortunate that he calls Lawrence, KS home. A history of the diverse people of the 105 counties that are known as Kansas is a huge project, but Dave is the person with the heart and skill to bring diverse people together to make this happen. Those who missed this first Lawrence meeting are encouraged to get involved by sharing ideas, and offers to help, with Dave through mail or email. Please do. The results of this project will make Kansans proud!

August 27, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )