Concern about mental health isn’t an intellectual exercise at Ripon College.

   On Nov. 7, 2016, freshman Jack Baldwin entered South Woods on Ripon’s southwest side and took his life.

   “It thoroughly shocked the entire campus,” said Brian Smith, co-director of the college’s Center for Politics and the People.

   The center, along with Psi Chi, Ripon’s international honor society in Psychology, and DREAM, a disability rights and support group, co-sponsored a panel discussion last week on “Mental Health Needs for Young Americans and Challenges for Public Policy.”

   Smith introduced the topic to the more than 200 people gathered in the Great Hall of Harwood Memorial Union by talking about Baldwin, whose father, Kevin, was in the audience.

   “[The 19-year-old] was an extremely hard working and talented, super-achieving young man with a promising career in the military ahead of him,” said Smith, a Ripon College religion professor.

   The campus reeled at the news, he said. “Why? Did we miss the signals?”

   Read the full story, including the opinions and advice of the panelists regarding mental health, in the Feb. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.