The Kirkwood Call

How to stay sane in isolation

Many people are stuck inside their homes due to COVID-19.

Lily Bartin, VoK editor

March 17, 2020

First, it’s important to understand that preventative measures like isolation, social distancing and event cancellations are inconvenient for everyone, but should be taken seriously. While you may not be at high-risk, protect the elderly, the immunocompromised, pregnant women, infants and other at-risk me...

On the line

On the line

Logan Crews, editor-in-chief

September 28, 2018

A man stood on the side of the road, watching cars and busses and trucks go by. He thought of his kids. And he thought of the custody problems. He thought of his life. And he thought of running through traffic to end it. Standing on the side of the road, he picked up his phone. Melanie Ro...

Depression Q&A

art by Lizzie Stobbe

Annie O'Brien, health + wellness editor

September 24, 2018

“Siri, what does depression feel like?” “I’m not sure I understand your question. Would you like me to search the web for ‘what does depression feel like?’” The internet is great for lots of things, but when it comes to mental illness it can be more helpful to ask people who deal wit...

Call Ed: Pushing down on me, pushing down on you

Call Ed: Pushing down on me, pushing down on you

TKC Staff

February 15, 2018

When Dr. Michael Havener, KHS principal, established two upcoming no-homework weekends, students and teachers responded loudly. The trial came from an effort to release pressure on students so their mental health doesn’t suffer. The debate about how much is too much for high school students to handle is ...

Simply Demi

Photo courtesy of Google under the Creative Commons License

Ally Ortmann, features writer

October 25, 2017

As she sat down in class she was handed a note, opening it she found herself looking at a petition signed by her peers stating she should kill herself. Now, 13 years later, she is a world renowned popstar. Demi Lovato released a documentary on Oct. 17, 2017 that dove into the hardships she has faced. T...

Draw it out: mental health

Draw it out: mental health

Katie Judd and Jane Stewart

September 11, 2017

Katie Judd and Jane Stewart narrate the story of an anonymous KHS student who has dealt with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.* *Some facts were altered in order to keep anonymity. Click here to see our last draw it out video regarding depression. Art by Erin Bugée...

Suicide Awareness Week Timeline: April 24-28, 2017

Suicide Awareness Week Timeline: April 24-28, 2017

Erin Kelly, managing editor

April 23, 2017

KHS is sponsoring its second annual Suicide Awareness Week (SAW) April 24-28, 2017. The week was established with the goal of eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness and adolescent suicide. SAW aims to facilitate healing in the community through educational programs and resources with ope...

Chill pill

Chill pill

Zachary Clingenpeel, photographer

April 13, 2017

While she played guitar amongst her fellow band members, war was being waged between the opposing chemicals in her body. For Bridgett Field, junior, life is a fight between the two different medications on her kitchen table. Every day, Bridgett takes 72mg of Concerta, a medication used to treat At...

Another nervous breakdown

Another nervous breakdown

Hannah Cohen, social media editor

April 7, 2017

Once again, I wake up in a sweat. It’s the third time tonight since attempting to get a rare full eight hours of sleep. I try my best to throw out the recurring thoughts in my head, but they just won’t budge. It’s 3:45 a.m. After constant rustling under the covers trying to get comfortable, I give u...

Suicide Awareness Week

Suicide Awareness Week

Mimi Wright, editor-in-chief

May 4, 2016

In a given year, it is estimated up to 25 percent of adolescents will experience depression, and two-thirds of these adolescents will suffer in silence without getting the help they need, according to Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide Coalition (CHADS). To combat these issues, six...

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