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Dear Evan Hansen: What it Gets Right and Wrong About Mental Illness

Posted by Erin Fischer on

Mental illness has long been a topic of movies and as was mentioned last week, TV shows. This week another film can be added to the list of movies using mental illness as a theme, Dear Evan Hansen. This is the film version of the Tony Award Winning musical of the same name.

The basic storyline of the film/musical is that Evan Hansen (played by Ben Platt who was the first to play the role on Broadway) is a teenager suffering from social anxiety disorder and his therapist has asked to write letters to himself to boost his self-esteem. One day while writing one on a computer in the school library he accidentally presses print and it’s discovered by Connor, a student who is also suffering from his own mental health battles who takes the letter moments after signing Evan’s cast to prove that they both have friends. A few days later Connor kills himself and his parents find the letter and believe that Connor and Evan were friends, and that Connor was the one who wrote the letter for Evan as a final note. Evan decides to go along with this assumption and even embellishes it to make it seem like they were best friends. Evan finds the love and acceptance he’s always wanted but it’s built on a lie.

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Mental Illness Representation in TV

Posted by Erin Fischer on

Recently mental illness has been having a moment in TV shows, people are finding that by introducing characters with a mental illness can lead to conversations surrounding having a mental illness which helps reduce the stigma with it. But can it do more harm than good when it comes to reducing the stigma with mental illness and can it lead to harmful stereotypes?

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How to Shutout Self Doubt

Posted by Erin Fischer on

We all have these voices in our heads the ones that feed us lies and come out when we’re almost at breaking point trying to push us over the edge. The voices that tell us things we don’t need to hear, and we can’t block out, the voices filling our minds with doubt.

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Mental Health Profile: Jocelyn

Posted by Erin Fischer on

Starting today and over the coming weeks and months here at Barty we will profiling people who have either gone through mental health struggles, going through struggles or have a unique perspective on mental health. This is because it can be hard to spot those who are going through mental illness and in order to reduce the stigma surrounding it we must talk about it. 

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Is Coffee Science Plateauing?

Posted by Nathaniel Fleming on

With a limited range of brewing, roasting, and processing technology (and ways of using them), coffee science needs innovators and breakthroughs to grow our collective knowledge. Just like any innovation in science, without breaking the rules, our coffee knowledge could plateau and fizzle. Without new innovations, we are reaching a plateau with traditional brewing methods: espresso, drip coffee, and everything in between. Sure, there are some bright minds who will blow us all away with genius takes on traditional methods, such as Tetsu Kasuya’s 4-6 Pour Over Method, but there is a human extent to perfection when using the same tools...

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