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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

September 25, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Sept. 29-Oct. 1:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-DEPRESSION-PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS

MADISON, Wis. — Ketamine and other psychedelic drugs, which researchers explored in the 1960s as ways to expand or calm the mind, are making a resurgence in medicine, including at UW Health. About three dozen patients have taken ketamine for depression at UW Hospital since last year. The treatment is for patients with severe depression, for whom other drugs don’t work. By David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 955 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-SINGLE MOM HOMEOWNER

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Four years after she had nothing left but a stroller and a garbage bag of clothes, a Wisconsin woman purchased her own home. Jennifer Deuel insists anyone could have navigated the rocky path she took to home ownership. Inside City Hall, Deuel is lauded as one of the biggest successes to have passed through city Housing Services Division programs. She took advantage of federal programs administered by the city to help pay rent and later help make the down payment on her house. By Jim Dayton, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1637 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-CHURCH GARDEN

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A Wisconsin church’s garden doesn’t just provide produce; it also provides a sense of community. So far, about 250 pounds of produce, including eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini, have been donated to area food pantries from the First Presbyterian Church’s plot. Church officials say the garden also brings the community together. By Christena T. O’Brien, Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 710 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-STUDENTS-PREVENTING SUICIDE

LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. — Three Wisconsin students organized a mental health festival at their school to erase mental health stigma. The Little Chute students worked in partnership with Prevent Suicide Fox Cities. Organizers hope the idea spreads to other schools as a way to encourage students to talk about mental health, find resources and recognize adults who can support them. By Rory Linnane, Appleton Post-Crescent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 725 words, photos.

The AP, Milwaukee

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