In preparation for her visit, Professor Lowe requested that we take a look at Kissinger's excellent multimedia piece Imminent Danger, which focuses on how the health care system for patients with mental illness got so broken and how psychiatrists and the government are trying to fix it. Kissinger interviewed mental health advocates, psychiatrists, family members of people with mental illness, the husband of a victim at Virginia Tech and a victim of the shooting at Tucson.
What really struck me about Kissinger was her positive energy. Despite the struggles she's faced with her family and her own health, and despite the heavy nature of the topic she covers, she has a very upbeat personality and she even had the class laughing at her anecdotes and wisecracks throughout her visit. Not only is Kissinger a great role model as a journalist; I believe she's also someone to look up to for maintaing a strong will and a positive attitude in the face of personal challenges. This semester we'll be working with Kissinger on our own stories about mental health in Milwaukee, and I can honestly say I'm looking forward to it.