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Tips from the Improv Community to Improve Mental Health (Five rules that can be applied to everyday life)

(Original article published in the NPR Life Kit – link to full article below) Studies show that creatives, including those in the performing arts such as music, theater, and comedy, are more likely to face mental health challenges than the general population. While SIMS Foundation works directly with the music industry and their dependent family […]

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SIMS Foundation Announces New Partnership with the Travis County DA’s Office Focused on Harm Reduction

SIMS Foundation is proud to announce a new partnership with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the Red River Cultural District (RRCD) to raise awareness of the recent surge in overdose deaths in Austin. The partnership was formed just days after the U.S. overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year.  In 2020, over 240 […]

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Pricey Car Repairs: How Elliott Smith’s Sister Found the SIMS Foundation

SIMS Foundation Board Member Ashley Welch is an Austin musician who plays in bluegrass band Brand New Key, co-owner of recording studio Crosspick Studio, and substance use recovery specialist at UT Austin. 

In our latest blog post, Ashley speaks about how the loss of her brother led her to discover SIMS Foundation and discusses how she’s seen our organization impact the music community.

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An Interview with Casey Seymour: Making the Best of 2020 with SIMS, Therapy, and Virtual Community

Austin musician Casey Seymour cites therapy through SIMS, discovering sobriety, and a helpful community of other artists as helping him rediscover his identity as an artist. SIMS Development and Marketing Coordinator James Whelan interviewed Casey to learn more about how he wants to help spread a message of wellbeing for others.

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