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Students, staff reflect on accessibility of mental health resources at Saint Mary’s

first_imgInterested in sharing your own experiences about searching for mental health and wellness resources while at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross? The Observer wants to hear from you. Fill out our form here to get in touch.Tags: counselors, Health and Counseling Center, Mental health, [email protected] Editor’s Note: This is the first article in an investigative series on the accessibility and effectiveness of mental health resources available within the tri-campus community. On Oct. 21, Saint Mary’s announced via email that Health and Counseling Center director Elizabeth “Izzy” Fourman would resign in order to take on a position at Notre Dame. While the College has detailed a plan for the Center in the interim between hiring a full-time replacement, many students still feel uncertain about many health and wellness resources on Saint Mary’s campus. Seniors Grace Erving and Jillian Dani are enrolled in the social work courses Research Methods and Statistical Concepts I and II. Through these classes, they have advocated for increased accessibility of mental health resources on campus through a study of online mental health resources and whether those can supplement student mental health needs. Dani said mental health is often stigmatized, which prevents those who suffer from issues with their mental health to feel as though they are able to reach out and seek the resources they so desperately need.“Mental health seems to be stigmatized and tends to lack the proper attention really needed to help individuals,” Dani said. “We felt that even though there are resources available on campus, the idea of there being more options and more flexibility could benefit the students of Saint Mary’s.”In 2019, the College launched “[email protected]’s,” a digital health and wellness provider that can provide students with resources which can help supplement counselor visits. Students can access the program from anywhere with internet access. Erving has looked into the [email protected]intMary’s program in order to assess its potential impact on Saint Mary’s students. She said she found the program to be helpful in providing students with personal resources. “When Jill and I researched online mental health resources, we did find that personal research can be a form of strength for those experiencing mental distress,” Erving said. “So, I would categorize [email protected]’s as a type of program which can connect students to personal resources, but does not provide concrete mental health intervention.” The program works by surveying students and connecting them with specific articles that can help them better navigate the plethora of resources available online, Erving said. “They offer three or four ‘reality checks’ where you can go through and answer questions in a survey to get a feel for areas where you’re thriving or struggling in life,” she said. “Once you complete the reality checks, the program will offer you articles and connection to resources that can further be of use.”Erving said she feels that [email protected]’s is a “step in the right direction,” but feels that the College requires “a leap in the right direction,” not a step. “Mental health is often not prioritized until it’s too late, and having only three counselors available for a school of 1,600 students is unacceptable given the need,” she said. “Saint Mary’s trumpets having small class sizes … so in what way is a 533:1 counselor [to student] ratio acceptable?”Claire Kopischke | The Observer Vice president for student affairs Karen Johnson said in an email that the College, which authorizes the hiring for the Health and Counseling Center, has no plans to hire extra counselors, even though, as Erving stated, the Center employs only three counselors who each conduct 45 to 50 minutes counseling sessions with students. In September, the Observer interviewed Fourman on the state of the Health and Counseling Center. Fourman said in an email that, inevitably, students will often wait up to a few weeks to see a counselor. “Between high utilization and class schedules, it often takes a couple weeks to get in with a counselor,” Fourman said. Johnson said the College has “made adjustments” to make the waiting period between appointments shorter. She said students generally wait 10 days after making an appointment to see a counselor, which is “shorter than the average on a college campus of our size.” Saint Mary’s employs more counselors per 1,000 students than the average college, Fourman said, but female students tend to have a higher need for counselors. “The national average tends to be about one counselor per 1,000 students,” she said. “We have three for 1,500; however, you have to take into account that we are all female and our demographic tends to utilize [counselors] at a higher rate.”Often, Fourman said, sessions are scheduled around the urgency of student need.  “If someone is in urgent need of a counseling appointment, they need to make us aware so we can work them in sooner,” she said. “That said, we are not a crisis center, and if someone is truly in crisis, they need to call 911 or go to the emergency room.” Fourman said there is a session limit of eight counseling sessions per semester for students, but the Health and Counseling Center will make exceptions only if the student has an increased need for more visits. Of the counselors, Fourman said they are a confidential resource, which means information shared with the counselors is protected by federal and state laws and cannot be shared without permission. While the counselors can be a beneficial resource for students, Fourman said there are certain circumstances in which students would be recommended to see an off-campus healthcare provider. “There are a few situations where students would be better served by an off-campus provider,” she said, “whether for specialty care — severe eating disorders, addiction specialists — or if we simply cannot accommodate a need for more frequent or higher acuity sessions.”  Fourman said she recommends students seek out counseling services early, before they are in crisis. “Don’t wait until you are in crisis to seek support,” she said. “If you feel like life is getting out of control, reach out.”All in all, Erving and Dani hope their study will help bring positive and tangible change to the College’s campus.“Jill and I really hope that at the end of this study we can hand our work to the administration, showing them concrete needs of students and what they can do to fix it,” Erving said.  last_img read more

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Penn & Teller Pull a Rabbit Out of a Hat (and Then Some)

first_img Related Shows View Comments The legendary magic duo Penn and Teller stopped by The Tonight Show on August 4 to share some laughs and illusions with Jimmy Fallon. The two conclude their Broadway stint at the Marquis Theatre on August 16, and according to Penn Jillette, Las Vegas is more than ready to have them back: “When they name the theater after you and paint your picture 300 feet tall on the side of the hotel, and you tell them you want to go to a different place and do a show for a while, they get angry.” The two then proceeded to pull a bunny out of a hat. Sure, it’s cliché, but with these two, you should already know to expect the unexpected. Check it out below! Penn & Teller Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 16, 2015last_img read more

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Divide and conquer

first_imgBy Katherine TippinsUniversity of GeorgiaOn “Gardening in Georgia” July 26 and 28, host Walter Reeves identifies weeds, learns the difference between male and female sago palms and splits cannas and day lilies.Reeves is a retired University of Georgia Extension agent and author of four books on gardening. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m.Discerning which weeds you’re battling is the best defense against them. This knowledge allows you to rid your garden of a particular weed efficiently. Reeves determines different types of weeds by identifying their seedheads. You may want to take notes and do your own seedhead sleuthing.Sago palms aren’t actually palms. They’re found often in the landscapes of south Georgia. Rog Ditmer at The Cloister, a resort on Sea Island, schools Walter in detecting the gender of sagos. During the lesson, they discover scale insects destroying the plant.If you don’t want to wait around for your plants to spread slowly, split them and replant the offshoots. Splitting your plants is a simple way to increase their value and expand your garden.Cannas and daylilies are among the easiest plants to dig and divide. Walter gets some tips on doing this from Sheldon Fleming at Wonderland Gardens.The 2007 season of “Gardening in Georgia” is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. To learn more about the show, visit www.gardeningingeorgia.com.(Katherine Tippins is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Two deaths probed as E coli cases reach 166

first_img CDC updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2006/september/updates/092206.htm A sample from a Maryland woman and some of the spinach she ate before she got sick are being tested at a Maryland state lab, and results may not be known for several days, Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae told the Associated Press (AP) today. Once investigators pinpoint the cause of the outbreak, federal officials will evaluate what went wrong, David Acheson, MD, chief medical officer for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said at a news conference yesterday. Officials will first determine if food safety rules were followed properly, he said. If spinach contamination occurred despite good compliance by farmers and producers, the FDA will consider issuing additional mandates, Acheson said. See also: The CDC said the woman died Sep 13 and had recently consumed fresh spinach. E coli O157:H7 was cultured from her stool, but DNA fingerprinting to determine if it is the outbreak strain has not been possible, the agency said. The CDC said today that 31% of children under 18 in the outbreak suffered HUS. For adults aged 18 to 59, the HUS rate was 7%, and for those 60 and older the rate was 16%. Teams from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and the state of California have narrowed their investigation of the outbreak to nine farms in California’s greater Salinas Valley area, on the basis of information from spinach bags found in the homes of some patients and records from three companies that recalled fresh spinach products. “This is a very suspicious association at this point, there’s no question about it,” MacRae said. He said the woman was a Washington County resident in her 80s. A 2-year-old Idaho boy with HUS died Sep 20, but E coli O157:H7 has not been detected in his samples, the CDC said. Christine Hahn, MD, an epidemiologist at the Idaho Department of Health, told the AP that the boy had bloody diarrhea and that family members said he had eaten packaged spinach. At an FDA press briefing yesterday, Acheson said one possibility would be labeling spinach with the place of origin.center_img Sep 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Nine more cases were found in a nationwide outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach, raising the total to 166, and two more deaths are suspected to be part of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. Food growers have held meetings this week on how to strengthen their food safety processes. After a meeting yesterday between regulators and 200 industry members, Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer of the Western Growers Association, told reporters that regulators said investigation findings and new industry-produced food safety guidelines are needed before the FDA will lift its warning against eating raw spinach. Nassif was quoted in the Monterey County (Calif.) Herald. Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, told the Washington Post, “I liken this to Jack in the Box all over again.” He referred to a 1993 E coli outbreak linked to the chain’s hamburgers, which sickened 700 people and killed four children. The outbreak prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue tougher processing standards. An article in the Los Angeles Times said today that regulatory oversight for fresh produce isn’t as rigorous as it is for beef, poultry, and seafood. Safety guidelines for the handling of fresh produce are voluntary, and the number of inspections of processing facilities has been declining for years, the article said. State health officials in Maryland and Idaho are awaiting test results to determine if two patients who died from known or suspected E coli infections this week have the same strain implicated in the outbreak. The outbreak has now affected people in 25 states, two more than yesterday, the CDC said. Eighty-eight people (53%) were hospitalized. Cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of the illness, remain at 27. One death was previously confirmed to be linked to the outbreak. The FDA issued its fresh spinach alert on Sep 14 after the CDC announced that 50 patients in eight states had been diagnosed with E coli infections and that fresh or raw spinach was the food most of them had in common. “We know that if he had that kidney disease, it makes it very probable that he had E coli,” Hahn said. She added that test results would likely be available next week.last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Canada’s vaccine situation, other vaccine news, all Afghan schools close

first_imgCanadian advisors push seasonal vaccineCanada’s vaccine advisory group yesterday recommended against delaying seasonal flu shots, a move that many provinces made after an unpublished study suggested the vaccine might raise the risk of contracting pandemic flu, the Canadian Press reported. The panel concluded that even if the finding is valid, the risk of skipping the seasonal shot outweighs the risk seen in the studies. The group also endorsed giving both seasonal and H1N1 shots at the same time.Canada’s H1N1 vaccine production lagsGlaxoSmithKline is expected to ship far fewer doses of H1N1 vaccine to Canadian provinces this week than was expected, prompting provinces to postpone the rollout of the vaccine for at least 2 weeks, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. The company was expected to ship 436,000 doses this week, instead of the roughly 2 million previously anticipated, because it had to interrupt production to make an unadjuvanted version of the vaccine for pregnant women, the story said.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadians-should-expect-depleted-stocks-of-h1n1-vaccine-next-week/article1346246/Oct 30 Globe and Mail reportSaudi Arabia to vaccinate hajj participantsSaudi Arabian health officials said the country will immunize healthcare workers, hajj workers, and domestic pilgrims who will attend the hajj against the pandemic H1N1 virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Vaccination won’t be mandatory. About 1 million residents typically attend the hajj, which peaks near the end of November this year. The country recently received the first 11 million doses of its pandemic vaccine order.http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iCMtbri8Vh4wV9o79q6Siju7ZKKgNov 2 AFP storyTurkey launches vaccination campaignTurkey today launched its pandemic vaccination campaign with healthcare workers receiving the first doses, Today’s Zaman, an English-language newspaper based in Istanbul, reported. The country received its first 500,000 doses last week. The next groups slated to be immunized are the morbidly obese, pregnant women, children younger than 2, those with chronic lung or heart conditions, and people older than age 65.http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-191734-100-turkey-starts-vaccinations-against-killer-swine-flu.htmlNov 2 Today’s Zaman reportAfghanistan closes all schoolsThe Afghan government yesterday ordered the closure of all schools for 3 weeks in the wake of the country’s first death from H1N1 flu, AFP reported. Education Minister Farouq Wardak said the closure was ordered “to safeguard the health of all Afghans.” An engineer from Kabul was the flu’s first victim in Afghanistan.http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?col=&section=international&xfile=data/international/2009/November/international_November46.xmlNov 1 AFP reportlast_img read more

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Regeneration: A city fit for a swing?

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Casablanca Port Project Wrapped Up

first_imgImage source: VinciVinci, a French concessions and construction company, said that Dumez Maroc (Vinci Construction International Network) has handed over the new fishing port in Casablanca to Morocco’s Agence Nationale des Ports – ANP.The works included construction of a main breakwater (655m), a secondary breakwater (535m), two quays (323m and 145m), 240m of floating jetties and a significant amount of dredging work.The main goal of this development scheme is to convert the city’s old fishing port, too small and in poor condition, into a new, larger and more modern site, the company said.Alongside the boost for Morocco’s fishing industry, the project is set to help redevelop the general port area in order to attract more tourism to the area.[mappress mapid=”24067″]last_img

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Family First set to lose charity status

first_imgONE News 6 May 2013A charities board says it made a decision to remove Family First New Zealand from the national Charities Register because it no longer meets the requirements of a charity. Family First NZ said it had received notification that the independent Charities Registration Board (formerly known as the Charities Commission) intends to deregister the charity, citing Family First’s traditional view of marriage being one man and one woman as one of the reasons for the deregistration. The general manager of Charities Services, Brendon Ward said today that at a recent meeting of the board “the members determined that Family First’s purpose did not meet the charitable purpose recognised in New Zealand law and set out in the Charities Act 2005”. “The Board’s position is that Family First’s main purpose is to promote particular points of view about family life. Under the Act promotion of a controversial point of view is a political purpose.” He said in doing so “Family First does not advance religion or education, nor promote a benefit to all New Zealanders as determined by the Act“. “Family First maintains that it is beneficial to the public that it promotes debate and discussion of different points of view on family life. However, the current legal position is that promoting debate on particular points of view is not a charitable purpose.” Family First now has 20 working days to appeal the board’s decision to the High Courthttp://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/family-first-set-lose-charity-status-5429575last_img read more

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DOC expresses sadness over the death of its president John Charles

first_imgLocalNews DOC expresses sadness over the death of its president John Charles by: – March 29, 2012 John Charles. Photo credit: en-olympic.orgThe International Olympic Committee, the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC), the local affiliates and the National Olympic Committees of the Caribbean and the Americas have expressed sadness on the death of businessman and pharmacist John A Charles.Charles who was the president of the Dominica Olympic Committee died on suddenly on Sunday March 25, 2012 at the Princess Margaret Hospital.A press statement issued by the Committee on Thursday states that Charles was elected president in April 2009, a position which he accepted “with eagerness to spearhead the development of national associations which then needed refocusing”. Although the commencement of his leadership was faced with challenges, the “zeal and determination” which Charles possessed “drove him to a high, in building better relationships with and instill new enthusiasm in the national associations affiliated to the DOC”. According to the release, “Charles was persuaded to encourage good ethics in the minds of the affiliates and this may have won him a name in the Book of Prominence for Sports Administrators”.He was “well known within the Caribbean region and further a-field having had working relations with most if not all the Olympic colleagues and other Sporting fraternities regionally and internationally”. The release describes Charles as “very passionate about sports, particularly boxing” and often attempted to “seek less fortunate and promising potential athletes, particularly from the Kalinago Territory to train and become proficient and qualified boxers”. Charles who was also the president of the Dominica Boxing Association and Chairperson of the Sub-Committee for Sport Medicine and Anti-Doping Committee of the Dominica Olympic Committee is credited for reviving boxing in Dominica.He also served as a Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) Board member for three years and was “diligently pursuing” approval for the Anti-Doping Convention set out by the World Anti-doping Association (WADA) and UNESCO at the time of his death.The release also notes that Charles “proudly represented” Dominica on March 16, 2010 the DOC in the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Queen Baton relay which toured the world and thrilled Dominicans with a relay around the city and Cultural Extravaganza at the Windsor Park National Stadium. Charles had “ambitious plans” for sporting activities in Dominica, the release explains listing the development of athletes to compete for the Olympics Games bringing a gold medal home and building a multi-purpose among them.According to the DOC, Charles was anticipating “attending the London Games 2012 commencing July 27, to cheer our several athletes proudly representing and flying the Commonwealth of Dominica Flag”.All three committees which Charles played an essential role in “pay tribute, to a keen sports enthusiast with great devotion to the Olympic MovementDominica Vibes News 45 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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PNP believes drug war ‘still successful’ despite Robredo remark

first_imgPhilippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) still believes that the government war against drugs is still working despite the remark of Vice President Leni Robredo that the drug menace is still prevalent in the country. PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac said in a press conference that the administration’s anti-drug campaign will continue as the public is satisfied with it. Banac cited a Social Weathers Stations survey stating that 82% of adult Filipinos were pleased with the anti-narcotics campaign resulting in an “excellent” net satisfaction rating of +70. “Mananatili po ang ating kampanya dahil ito po ‘yung mandato natin at kailangang gampanan para sa ating mga mamamayan,” he said.center_img Banac added: “Well ang atin pong isinagawang anti-illegal drug campaign ay meron pong 82-percent approval satisfaction from our public so ‘yun po ang magiging batayan namin kaya magpapatuloy ang ating kampanya laban sa illegal na droga,” he added. In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Robredo said that Duterte must put an end to the bloody war on drugs as it has been “ineffective” and it was putting a dent on the country’s international image. “We ask ourselves, ‘Why is this still happening?’ The president has already made very serious threats to drug syndicates, to drug lords … and yet it’s still very prevalent, so obviously, it’s not working,” said Robredo./PNlast_img read more