Sobering center considered as an alternative to prison in Fairbanks

first_imgAlcohol & Substance Abuse | Health | Interior | Public SafetySobering center considered as an alternative to prison in FairbanksMarch 1, 2016 by Amanda Frank, KUAC Share:Fairbanks Correctional Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is the city’s combined jail/prison. (Creative Commons photo by RadioKAOS)Recent deaths in Alaska prisons have underscored problems with jailing severely intoxicated individuals, pointing to the need for an alternative approach. Bethel operates a sobering center, where care and treatment are the focus, and a similar facility is being explored as an option in Fairbanks.State Title 47 requires temporary protective custody of an individual incapacitated by drugs or alcohol in public. It’s motivated by a public safety issue Fairbanks City Mayor John Eberhart says is elevated in Fairbanks.“Where are we going to take them,” Mayor Eberhart asked. “What do you do if it’s 30 or 40 below zero without a sleep-off center? It’s time to do that; it’s time for a sleep-off center.”Currently, the city works with the Fairbanks Downtown Association to run a community service patrol, to transport intoxicated individuals home, to jail or to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.Mayor Eberhart says he’s trying to bring together local groups and agencies to talk about opening a sleep-off center in Fairbanks.“I put out an email to try to organize a meeting of hopefully the hospital, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), the police chief, myself, and others to start talking about a sleep-off center,” said Mayor Eberhart.The sleep off center approach is successfully employed in other Alaska communities. Kevin Tressler manages a sobering center in Bethel.“Prior to this program starting, you’d see a lot more intoxicated individuals around town,” Tressler said. “If you had to go to the (emergency room) for any particular reason, the waiting room was packed full it took a really long time to get in to get triaged.”The 16-bed center provides a place for inebriated individuals, who are triaged by staff, and then allowed to stay for up to 12 hours.Richard Robb, Director of Residential Services at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), says there are several ways to measure the success of the program and the center.“A lot of it is what we can do to help people,” said Robb. “One of the ways we have really increased in the past year is we’ve measured and we’ve pushed the intervention of SBIRTS. That’s Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment,”The program, which Robb refers to as a “harm reduction model,” is a partnership between YKHC, Alaska Mental Health Trust and Bethel Police Department. Robb says after patients sober up, center staff ask them about their drinking, and whether they’d like to be referred to longer term treatment.“It’s better for everybody and it’s a cost saving measure too,” Robb said. “Because staying a night here is a lot cheaper for the taxpayer than staying the night in the ER.”The Bethel center is an attempt to avoid what happened to Fairbanks resident Gilbert Joseph last summer. Joseph who was picked up intoxicated and brought to Fairbanks jail died in his cell at Fairbanks Correctional Center. The Title 47 protection case gone wrong is one of several highlighted in a recent Department of Corrections report.Rhonda Pitka, the first chief of the village of Beaver, where Joseph was a tribal member, wants to work with Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks to make sure the state is accountable for their actions.“I feel like that contributed a lot to his death. He would probably still be alive,” said Pitka. “If he wasn’t in prison that night, if wasn’t in the jail that night. If he had gotten medical care he would probably still be alive,”A local resident has reached out to Mayor Eberhart about a possible sleep off location in South Fairbanks. But Mayor Eberhart says he just in the early stages of trying to find funding for a project to address these issues here in Fairbanks.“It’s a question of how do you it and who pays for it,” Eberhart said.Share this story:last_img read more

A fight against cancer became a testament of love

first_img When Rachel Lefebvre agreed in September to speak with me for a story about her quest to find a clinical trial to treat her stage 4 colon cancer, she had one stipulation: There could be no mention of her prognosis, lest her sons, Pierro, 12, and Sebastien, 10, discover how precarious her situation was. Her cancer had “come back with a vengeance,” she said. She was losing energy and her liver was starting to function poorly as a result of her tumors and treatments.When STAT published her story in early October, Lefebvre had two final options. Plan A was in Denver, where researchers were about to test a combination of immunotherapy drugs — the new and promising class of cancer therapies that turn the body’s immune system against tumors. If she could not clear the waiting list for the Denver trial, she hoped to secure the drugs on her own and follow Denver’s protocol at home.advertisement Tags cancerend of liferesearch She’d done everything by the book. She had begun exploring trials soon after being diagnosed in 2013. She’d switched oncologists to find one who was willing to consider experimental treatments. She was still healthy enough to qualify for a spot in a trial, and she’d found a promising option.Yet she knew she still faced long odds.After her story was published along with a video of her and her family, Lefebvre wrote in an email: “I know my kids don’t get how hard things have been for me and how hard I have been ‘fighting’ with all I have. I want them to know in the end that I have fought tooth and nail for them, that my fight has been a testament of my love for them. … They will have this video to remind them and that means a lot to me.” Searching for the right clinical trialVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0004:2104:21  Rachel Lefebvre had stage 4 colon cancer and was searching for an immunotherapy treatment that would combat her tumors. Matthew Orr/STAT Her wider legacy would be for strangers — those with cancer who, upon reading her story, might better understand what they face if they exhaust conventional medical options. One cancer researcher thanked her personally: “It is a gift you have given many others to know that this problem is pervasive,” he wrote.Lefebvre’s story also circulated among leaders of the research and funding community. Work was underway to improve, and according to one person involved in that effort, Lefebvre’s story helped accelerate it.Should be made more helpful to patients, it will, alas, serve a generation of people who will never know the woman who helped spur at least some of that change.In the weeks following the publication of Lefebvre’s story, both her body and the cancer trial system conspired against her. Researchers unexpectedly shut down the trial she had hoped to join in Denver, her doctors grew uncomfortable with helping her try an untested drug combination at home, and no other good experimental options emerged.In her final blog post last month, she wrote that she was seeking palliative care. She died early this month. She was 43. She leaves behind her husband, Fred, their sons, and a legion of cancer survivors who may face better odds as a result of the battle she waged. HealthA fight against cancer became a testament of love Rachel Lefebvre with her husband, Fred, and their sons outside their Florida home in September 2016. Matthew Orr/STAT By Bob Tedeschi Dec. 28, 2016 Reprints Unlike many other patients, Lefebvre had a Ph.D. and an ability to navigate the Byzantine world of medical journals. She also had an oncologist with deep expertise in experimental treatments. But even then, Lefebvre struggled to find good options among the roughly 52,000 trials listed on the government’s website, because the system is often designed with research, not patients, in mind.Further complicating matters, many immunotherapy researchers want only those patients who’ve not yet tried the new drugs, leaving people like Lefebvre to face the decision of a lifetime — namely, which single potentially life-saving therapy to bet on.advertisementlast_img read more

Supermac’s announces it is to close all outlets later this week

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival By Alan Hartnett – 23rd March 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Facebook Pinterest Supermac’s announces it is to close all outlets later this week Facebook Previous articleLaois Gardai issue advice to public on social distancing during Coronavirus outbreakNext articleWATCH: Here is exactly what it is like to get tested for Coronavirus Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp TAGSSupermacs Supermac’s has announced that they will shut all their stores in the country by 7pm on Thursday March 26 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.The Irish fast-food company, which has a branch in Portlaoise, said in the interest of staff and customer safety they will close.All seating areas will shut from today, March 23rd, onwards ahead of the full closure.center_img Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic News A spokesperson for the chain said: “Due to the ever changing challenges presented by the health crisis and in the interests of our staff and customers, Supermac’s would like to announce the following:“1. All outlets will be closed by Thursday, March, 26th, at 7pm. This is to allow the emergency services that are using the outlets for food to make alternative arrangements.“2. All seating areas in our lobbies will close tonight and remain closed.“We would like to thank our staff and customers in these challenging times.“We would also like to thank the emergency services personnel and wish them well in their efforts in these unprecedented times.”This follows McDonald’s, Subway, and Costa Coffee who have also announced they are to close. Twitter Home News Supermac’s announces it is to close all outlets later this week News Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Mutual fund sales outpaced ETFs in September

first_img Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs Related news IG Wealth amends product shelf Keywords Mutual funds,  ETFs,  Fund salesCompanies Investment Funds Institute of Canada 22822867 - business chart showing financial success 123RF The upswing is attributed to an increase in long-term fund sales, generating $892 million in net sales after recording $78 million in net redemptions in August. Of that, bond fund sales were almost $2.6 billion, up from $1.5 billion in August, which offset the $2.5 billion in equity fund net redemptions. Conversely, ETF sales cooled to $562 million in total net sales in September, down from $2.6 billion in August. The weakness in ETF net sales came as more than $1 billion flowed out of equity funds after net sales of $2.3 billion the previous month. The influx of $1 billion in bond fund net sales was not enough to offset the equity outpour. Both mutual fund and ETF assets under management (AUM) increased in September. IFIC reports that mutual fund assets totalled $1.58 trillion at the end of the month, representing a 0.7% increase from $1.57 trillion in August. ETF assets grew faster, gaining 1% on August numbers, totalling $187.9 billion at the end of September. Maddie Johnson Mutual funds gained momentum and far outpaced sales of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in September, according to new data from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC). The industry trade group reported that mutual funds recorded $1.3 billion in net sales at the end of September, up from $576 million in August.  Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Ken Jones to Launch Book on Sir Alexander Bustamante

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedKen Jones to Launch Book on Sir Alexander Bustamante RelatedKen Jones to Launch Book on Sir Alexander Bustamante FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, will be the main speaker at the launch of the book titled: ‘Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes of National Hero, The Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante’, written by Author and Columnist, Ken Jones.The launch will take place on Thursday, October 29 at King’s House starting at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature two short video presentations on the life of Bustamante, and stories told by persons, who knew him.Additionally, there will be readings of letters that were written by Bustamante and published in the Gleaner during the 1930s. The letters, compiled by Producer/Writer, Trevor Nairne will be read by a group of graduates of the Edna Manley College School of the Performing Arts.A book signing session will take place after the official function.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Jones said that the main reason for writing the book was to inform young people about the life and work of Bustamante and to clear up some of the misconceptions that persons might have of him.“The real aim is to let us find out more about where we are coming from, what our leaders have done for us so that we could have greater respect and honour given to them,” he said.He said that some of the books would be donated to school libraries so that young persons could read about the great leader.“The young people, through no fault of their own, do not know about our National Heroes and I think one of the weaknesses in our Jamaican society is that most of our people do not know where we are coming from nationally, and that needs to be corrected and I hope that this book will help,” he added.According to Mr. Jones, the 250-page book is divided into three parts. Part one, speaks about Bustamante’s background while the second part focusses on some 70 quotes from the former Prime Minister and his philosophy. The third section deals with the humorous side of his personality.“He was a very humorous man, quick-witted. He was generous. He was kind. He was a man of authority but could make anyone feel at ease in his presence,” Mr. Jones said, adding that the anecdotes in the book will show various sides of the National Hero.“I’m sure people will enjoy them and they will also be enlightened about him,” he added.center_img RelatedKen Jones to Launch Book on Sir Alexander Bustamante Ken Jones to Launch Book on Sir Alexander Bustamante CultureOctober 27, 2009last_img read more

Fun Run

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jim Furyk has spent more than two decades on the PGA Tour. He’s played more than 500 tournaments and forgotten more than most of his fellow pros will ever know. There are certain moments, though, that have stuck with him through time. Not just the triumphant victories and bitter defeats, but small snapshots of an entire adult life spent around the professional game. One of those snapshots is from the 1995 Shell Houston Open. In his second year as a Tour member, the 24-year-old Furyk raced to an opening-round 67, tied for second place in a group that included longtime pro Wayne Levi. After the round, Furyk beamed about his hot start, but Levi’s view was decidedly more acerbic. “He was just saying, ‘It’s a job; it’s what I do for a living; it’s my occupation,’” Furyk recalled. “I was a young guy on Tour; I was thinking this is the greatest job going. I was thinking, man, just shoot me if I ever get to the point where it becomes a job. I might as well quit.” Last year, it became a job. This was right after a T-25 at the Masters and a T-47 at the RBC Heritage – hardly poor performances, but Furyk felt something had changed. He was no longer having fun playing golf. In short, he’d turned into Wayne Levi, circa 1995. Full-field scores from The Players Championship The Players Championship: Articles, videos and photos Rather than quit the game, as a 24-year-old Furyk might have suggested, he decided to change. He made a conscious effort to have more fun on the golf course. Smile more. Practice less. Enjoy the journey. Stop taking it all for granted. “After so many years and wanting to do so many more things at home with my family and my kids and missing ballgames, getting in the car and driving away knowing I’m going to miss two lacrosse games and two baseball games one week, I was getting in the car going to work rather than getting in the car going to play a golf tournament,” he admitted. “I just had to kind of reorganize things and fix things, figure out things a little bit.” He may not have it completely figured out, but he’s taken some major steps in the process. And it’s starting to show in his game. Following a solo second-place finish at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, he finds himself on the leaderboard halfway through The Players Championship after opening rounds of 70-68. And yes, he’s smiling more, too. “I had to figure out a way to make it fun again and to enjoy what I do,” he said after a second round that included five birdies against a single bogey. Case in point: On Tuesday, rather than grind through a practice round and lengthy range session here at TPC Sawgrass as he’s done in years past, he played a casual nine holes at nearby Pablo Creek with his father (and instructor) Mike and caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan, before leaving to pick up his kids from school. “We just had a good time,” Mike Furyk said. “We talked about that. He’s said the past few years, ‘I’m not going to be able to stay out here if I’m not having fun.’” Of course, it’s tough to have fun when your game isn’t cooperating. Ever since turning his cap backward in a driving rainstorm when he clinched the FedEx Cup four years ago, Furyk has failed to reach the winner’s circle, his career odometer stuck on 16 titles. “It’s always frustrating, because he’s not playing golf for the money,” his father insisted. “He’s playing to win. He told me, ‘When I say that I’ve had a really good week and finish 10th, I’m done. Because I’m only playing to win. That’s what I want.’” He’s now hoping that renewed happiness playing the game will lead to better results – a formula that is proving successful so far. “Right now I’ve got a nice recipe,” he said. “It’s not always going to be that way, but I feel like my attitude has bred my good play.” Added the senior Furyk, “If he paces himself properly, he can keep playing. If he doesn’t, he’s going to kill himself. He’s going to burn out.” It’s been nearly two decades since Jim Furyk hinted that if golf ever became a job, he would quit.  That might have been the overzealous contemplation of an impressionable 24-year-old, but after more than 500 starts and forgetting more than most of his peers will ever know, the idea has stuck with him through the years, eating away at him when the game finally stopped being fun. Since then, he’s changed. And if you believe him, it hasn’t been that difficult of a transition. “It’s not hard,” he said. “I mean, I’ve played this game my whole life because I love it.”last_img read more

Bitcoin Under the Big Sky

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The Treasure State has a rich history of extracting traditional resources such as gold, silver, copper, zinc, and coal. As these industries decline, however, Montana may be uniquely situated on the frontier of a lucrative new form of mining: bitcoin.Over the past several years, Northwest U.S. regional electric utilities have been inundated with requests for service from power-hungry cryptocurrency processing loads. The requests for service started in the Mid-Columbia Basin of central Washington — particularly in Chelan and Walla Walla counties — and have since spread throughout the Pacific Northwest, recently extending into this far-flung corner of Montana, where a virtual gold rush is underway.Electric utilities in the Northwest boast some of the cheapest electricity rates in the nation, due in large part to the low cost of hydropower and its dense network of dams, making the region an attractive location for bitcoin-mining facilities. The sites use computer processors to solve complex math equations and track digital currency exchanges, uploading them to a digital ledger that validates the transactions.The miners who solve the equation first earn a reward in bitcoin, or any of the other types of digital assets their ultra-fast computers are designed to process.It’s presented a significant challenge for local utilities unprepared for the inrush of high-ticket customers looking to draw substantial amounts of energy out of the grid as they run vast computer networks 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, using extensive ventilation systems to cool the machines.Citing the influx of power demands, the Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees on Feb. 21 imposed a six-month moratorium on cryptocurrency mining, with the option of extending the moratorium an additional six months if necessary.“Electric utilities outside of Washington are now seeing an increase in the number of service requests from cryptocurrency processing loads,” FEC General Manager Mark Johnson said. “Flathead Electric is no exception.”Flathead Electric Coop General Manager Mark Johnson on March 16, 2018. Justin Franz | Flathead Beacon“With the sudden interest in locating in Flathead Electric’s service territory, the Cooperative has not had time to fully understand the impact to its electric distribution system from these types of loads,” he continued.The requests for service have ranged in load size, from less than a megawatt to up to 30 — enough to power tens of thousands of homes.During the moratorium, FEC staff will evaluate the best way to handle the loads to mitigate the impacts to other members and rethink its rate structures.Still, some cryptocurrency processing load requests were in progress prior to the moratorium and, while the requests caught the utility off guard, they are “grandfathered in,” Johnson said, meaning they are not subject to the moratorium and the miners worked in concert with FEC to accommodate their requests for power.While some of the interest has come from as far away as China and other out-of-state companies looking to quickly capitalize on the hype driving the bitcoin boom, it has also included local tech entrepreneurs who have been tracking the industry for years, prior to its explosion onto the mainstream market.Cryptocurrency cottage industries have been springing up in the region for years, with miners running specialized servers out of their homes or garages — shoe-box size computers arranged in high-density pods, designed to run 24 hours a day to mine the digital currency.A cryptocurrency mining operation in the Flathead Valley on March 19, 2018. Justin Franz | Flathead Beacon.Local IT professional Jeff Russell’s foray into the business of bitcoin began as a hobby, but it has since developed into a much larger venture as the price of cryptocurrency like bitcoin rises.Through his new business, CMH, LLC, Russell and his partners have invested heavily in the construction of a new building to accommodate cryptocurrency miners in the Flathead Valley, leasing space, infrastructure and power to accommodate their needs.In the first phase of development, slated for primetime in June, the miners will set up shop in 3,200 square feet of space, with CMH providing mechanical ventilation to “move a goodly amount of cool, Montana air through the building” in peak summer months.The general-purpose facility is capable of housing more than 2,000 servers that can process different types of cryptocurrency depending on the customer’s desire, and Russell said he already has lease commitments for the entire space.“I felt as though locally we are ideally suited because of access to clean, relatively inexpensive power while benefiting from a relatively cool climate,” he said, noting that cooling ventilation systems will only be necessary during peak summer months.He understands FEC’s concerns about offering large loads to customers demanding high volumes of power, and said the utility has been a welcoming partner even as it grapples with the rapidly growing business interest.“From a business perspective, they have to figure out how to offer these services without compromising the needs of their customers, and with so many inquiries they were not prepared to immediately offer such large loads,” Russell said, adding that his long-term business plan includes building out the space. “We are pleased to be one of the first companies to work with them in the area, and we hope the moratorium gives them time to develop a strategy.”The new wave of interest has caught the attention of economic and power forecasters, as well as elected leaders and government agencies, particularly as large-scale mining sites have recently cropped up near Missoula, Butte and Anaconda.Kim Morisaki, business development and marketing director at Montana West Economic Development, said her office has received a groundswell of inquiries on the matter, and she’s been quickly educating herself on the finer points of the burgeoning industry.“In the last six weeks, I have had many conversations with people calling about this with varying levels of seriousness, and it’s forced me to run around and learn more about what this means locally,” she said. “We’ve had people ask about locations and buildings, as well as what might be appropriate in terms of energy needs.”In the near future, Morisaki said Montana West Economic Development will likely host a community education seminar to educate members of the community about the implications.At the Lincoln County Port Authority in Libby, executive director Tina Oliphant said she has received numerous requests from businesses eager to use existing infrastructure, including the Kootenai Business Park, which is home to the 400-acre former Stimson Lumber Company site.“We have been having exploratory discussions with a number of interested parties,” she said. “Nothing is signed and sealed, and we don’t know where it’s going yet, but it could be an opportunity to create wealth in our community.”Due to its proximity to Libby Dam, Oliphant said the Kootenai Business Park could be ideally suited for a bitcoin mining site while generating property tax revenue, improving buildings and enhancing local businesses.The Kootenai Business Park in Libby. Beacon File Photo“Certainly with an emerging technology we are proceeding cautiously, because as a very young business they lack stability and equilibrium,” Oliphant said. “But we are very interested. We’re open for business.”Statewide, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has also received numerous requests for information from cryptocurrency mining operations, according to Chief Business Development Officer Ken Fichtler.“Our official position on the issue is that we support developing the high-technology industry in Montana as a whole. The dramatic increase in interest from these businesses that we’ve seen over the last several months is a testament to the attractive business climate in Montana,” he said. “That said, we are not doing any outbound marketing or other sales efforts to attract cryptocurrency mining operations but we do respond when contacted.”Among other concerns that business communities have expressed is whether bitcoin is here to stay, or if its volatile market could collapse and send investors packing.For Russell, cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology employed to monitor its transactions have far-reaching applications that will continue to transform business models in the future.“I wouldn’t be investing in a sizeable business if I didn’t think there was a long-term future and the need for these facilities to run these ledger networks or blockchain networks,” he said. “It’s sort of like coming out in 1996 and saying we aren’t going to invest in the Internet, and 20 years later you can’t do business without the Internet. It is just an ingrained part of today’s business environment. I think this technology will become a piece of infrastructure that we rely on in the future.”The energy-intense profile of bitcoin-mining operations has put the sector on the radar of the region’s power forecasters, including Massoub Jourabchi, manager of economic analysis at the Northwest Power Conservation Council.He has begun tracking the demand for electricity across the region, and said cryptocurrency server farms have not yet presented a problem for electricity reliability.“It is very energy intensive but we don’t have a very good estimate as to how much power they are using regionally,” he said. “Certainly we have seen some communities declare moratoriums to accommodate the demand and see if it remains consistent, but if you step back on a regional level, our loads have been fairly stable. It’s a tale of two cities depending on where you are located in the region.”Flathead Electric Coop General Manager Mark Johnson on March 16, 2018. Justin Franz | Flathead BeaconAt FEC, Johnson takes care to explain that the moratorium isn’t meant to shut out potential business opportunities, and recognizes data-mining sites could serve as an economic engine.Still, facing a surge in large energy requests requires prudence, he said.“We are definitely supportive of economic development,” Johnson said. “But our principal concern is that we make sure we have enough electricity to protect our customers.” Emaillast_img read more

Brexit can be completed by the end of June – Corbyn

first_img Pinterest Twitter The UK Labour leader believes Brexit issues can be completed by the end of June, in the event of an extension to the UK’s departure from the EU.It’s believed it’s highly unlikely to happen on schedule on March 29th, due to Prime Minister Theresa May’s inability to pass the withdrawl deal in parliament.Her colleagues in the House of Commons last week voted in favour of an extension.Jeremy Corbyn believes the process can happen during that period but any longer would have legal repercussions…………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brexit can be completed by the end of June – Corbyn DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – March 17, 2019 Homepage BannerNews Previous articleTwo arrests in Greysteel robbery investigationNext articleCouncil to liaise with ESB over car charging points News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Status Orange wind warning issued for Donegal tomorrow

first_imgA Status Orange Wind warning has been issued for tomorrow for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.Met Eireann say southwest winds with average speeds of 60 to 80 km/h are expected with severe gusts of up to 120km/h with a risk of coastal flooding.The alert will come into effect tomorrow morning at 10am and will remain in place until 10pm. WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Status Orange wind warning issued for Donegal tomorrow Previous articleMotorists advised of flooding in East DonegalNext articleSean Connor hails his side’s performance after last nights draw at Warrenpoint Town News Highland Google+ Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – February 15, 2020 center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Facebook Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

A conversation about mental health, considering COVID-19

first_img Top Searches Top Searches OctoberMarkUndu HomeOpinionColumnsA conversation about mental health, considering COVID-19 By Danei Edelen-In August, the COVID-19 Mental Health Measurement Group based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released new research findings about the impact of COVID on public health. Earlier this month, I was able to talk to Dr. Johannes Thrul, assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health to discuss these findings. The following are some of the highlights of our interview:1. When was the COVID-19 Mental Health Measurement Group formed and why?Dr. Thrul: “In March of 2020, we formed the Mental Health Measurement Group. Based on our research related to previous natural disasters and economic recessions, we predicted that the unfolding pandemic would potentially have negative consequences for people’s mental health. We wanted to be proactive and to track and communicate about the mental health of individuals during this evolving situation.”2. What is unique about the COVID-19 pandemic verses other such events?Dr. Thrul: “We believe that the global and comprehensive scope of COVID-19 is unprecedented, and financial impacts of it are wider reaching than many of the previous natural and other diseases that we have studied. Considering the ongoing impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the US economy, we can maybe also expect the prolonged negative impact on mental health on a population level. We believe it is important to keep monitoring the mental health of the US population moving forward over time.”3. How do you define mental distress and how did you measure it?Dr. Thrul: “Because we do not have a blood test for mental health, conducting research on mental health can be a challenge. We developed the term “mental distress” because we could use existing research instruments (e.g. questionnaires) to capture multiple dimensions, for example depression, anxiety, and loneliness. We categorized individuals that for a period of three days of the past week had feelings of anxiety, followed by trouble sleeping, feeling depressed, and feeling lonely as being mentally distressed.”4. What were the results of your findings?Dr. Thrul: “The Pew American Trends Panel found that more than one in four US adults with no prior history of mental health condition experienced mental distress in the early phases of the pandemic. We found that 14% of adults could be defined as in ‘serious mental distress’ as compared to 4% in 2018.”5. Who was most at risk for experiencing mental distress?Dr. Thrul: “We found that mental distress was highest among young adults, those age 19 to 29 instead of the elderly as we had previously thought. Financial strain was a factor in individuals feeling mental distress. We found 19% of those in households with incomes of less than $35,000 per year experienced serious distress. Having someone with a pay cut or reduced hours was also a risk factor.”6. What can people do to manage their mental health during this pandemic?Dr. Thrul: “We recommend that people find concrete ways of staying in touch with friends and family. From previous research we know that exercise, food, and sleep are important to mental health. Physical activity can be extremely important to buffer mental health. And of course, if you in an acute mental health crisis, reach out for help.”7. In your findings, what role does social media play in affecting people’s mental health during this pandemic?Dr. Thrul: “We found that that the use of social media does indeed play a role in our mental health. In our research, exposure to a greater number of traditional media sources like public television and radio, national news and newspapers, and local news sources, and more time spent on social media are each associated with mental distress.”8. What does your research say about social media usage?Dr. Thrul: “Based on the scientific research before COVID, we know that there are consequences of social media use that go in different directions. If you are just using social media passively, just taking in information, and not being active yourself, that has negative consequences potentially for mental health and makes you feel more stressed. But when you actually do have interactions with other people on social media, that seems to have positive consequences for your mental health. We were careful not to say, ‘people should not use social media’ because then that would cut them off from their social support system even more, but rather use social media in a strategic way of staying in touch with folks, rather than just taking in information.”9. Based on this research, what is your recommendation with regards to engaging in social media?Dr. Thrul: “If you’re spending time on social media, we would suggest limiting it to activities that will be most supportive of your mental health, such as interacting with friends and family rather than just passively scrolling through the news feed and taking in information.”10. Have you uncovered any silver linings related to COVID19?Dr. Thrul: “One of the positive benefits related to the pandemic is that healthcare providers are offering tele-psychiatry appointments during the pandemic, even for establishing new care. This is something we recommend people take advantage of. We believe these changes in tele-psychiatry are here to stay and will potentially also improve the mental health care of people who previously have had maybe little opportunities and access to providers based on, for example, living in a remote location. So that’s really one of the hopefully positive things coming out of the pandemic.”Danei Edelen is the president for the NAMI Brown County Ohio affiliate. Danei is a mental health advocate for the Brown County Board of Mental Health & Addiction Services. Danei is also an award winning mental health columnist for the Brown County Press, Clermont Sun, News Democrat, People’s Defender, Times Gazette, Wilmington News Journal, and Record Herald. Danei also serves as spokesperson and Marketing Director for His Will Homes. She is a blogger for the Challenge the Storm , the Mighty, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and NAMI Ohio. Danei has 20 years of marketing experience working for technology companies like NCR, Oracle, and Amdocs. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Malone University and a Market Research Certificate from Northern Kentucky University. You can contact Danei at [email protected] or (513) 436-0010. A conversation about mental health, considering COVID-19September 15, 2020Mark CarpenterColumns, Opinion0 PreviousGreyhounds fall to 0-2 after home loss to Middletown ChristianNextInformation for the farmer Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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