The ‘Let’s Talk’ program starts a new conversation about mental health at TCU

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Facebook + posts Twitter Linkedin Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleTCU keeps gender ratio, looks to increase diversityNext articleOh the places they’ll go: Seniors face challenges post-graduation Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printA challenge to make a difference at TCU may change the campus conversation on mental health. “Let’s Talk,” a program designed to remove the stigmas centered around formal counseling was introduced on campus this semester. The program offers confidential counseling sessions across campus, including walk-in appointments for students who might just need to talk. The push comes as the number of students seeking help continues to rise. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 over the past three years, the counseling center experienced a 32 percent increase in the number of students seen, according to a report published by the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center. Providing more alternatives for counseling and actively encouraging students to seek help might alleviate the level of anxiety among students, said Chuck Dunning, director of the senior year experience, who is the professional consultant for “Let’s Talk.” “For a lot of our students, they feel it is very important to keep up an image for their family, for their friends, for their professors and for their future employers that they are perfectly capable of dealing with everything in life all on their own,” Dunning said. “Let’s Talk” is meant to remove some of the barriers to access for care. For example, students seeking mental health services won’t have to fill out paperwork or schedule appointments, as the primary focus is on walk-in appointments. Hopefully removing the formal process will encourage more students to ask for help who otherwise might not have, said Joe Spellmeyer, a junior accounting major, who worked with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull to establish the first counseling outlet on campus. Spellmeyer said he became interested in mental health while completing his Impact Project for the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program.“Our professor challenged us to find a problem in the community that we cared about and kind of do something about it,” Spellmeyer said. “Mental health in adolescence and TCU particularly was something that really nagged me as an issue I wanted to do something about.”Dunning’s office, Tucker 003H, is the first “Let’s Talk” site on campus. “We’re also in a location that is more convenient for students,” Dunning said. “We are where they are now.”Dunning said providing an alternative for formal counseling is important. “Not all students need formal counseling,” he said. “They just need someone to sit down with to talk to and have a quick check-in to come up with some coping mechanisms for whatever it is they’re dealing with.”Students are still guaranteed the same privacy and confidentiality as formal counseling. “Let’s Talk” is a good first step for students who don’t want to schedule an appointment at the mental health center, said Annie Beeson, a junior supply chain and business information systems double major. “It makes it a lot less scary, especially if it is your first time,” said Beeson, who was also part of the Impact Project. “Then if you realize how helpful it is going to the actual counseling center won’t be as terrifying.”Dunning said even though the counseling sessions take place outside the walls of a traditional counseling center, students will still receive an experience that is focused on them. “I think the main thing is that we want to see more students take advantage,” said Dunning. “But in terms of them personally, I want them to see that TCU is an institution that is interested in finding ways to meet them where they are and to provide services that meet their needs.”In 2012, TCU was awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Campus Suicide Prevention Grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Wolszon said the grant sparked an increase in mental health prevention throughout campus.“It’s getting teachers, parents, friends and faculty to tell students it’s okay to seek help,” said Wolszon. “Basically, we’re asking students to seek help and they are.”Removing the stigmaSchools across the country are working to implement alternative options for mental health services as a way of removing the social stigmas that are centered around formal counseling. Dunning said the stigmas originate from society’s attitude that asking for help is a sign of weakness. “There are a lot of students who for one reason or another are hesitant to seek formal counseling,” said Dunning, which is why he said removing the documentation associated with routine appointments will urge more people to get the help they need. Spellmeyer said one of the main reasons behind bringing “Let’s Talk” to TCU was to help uncover and disassociate the stigmas that stem from formal counseling sessions.“I think that’s a great benefit of ‘Let’s Talk’ is that you don’t have to worry about running into someone in the waiting room or worry about people seeing you going in and you don’t have to schedule an appointment ahead of time,” he said. Wolszon said she believes the solution rests on the continuation of open conversation.“If we stop talking about it, if we just decide okay we don’t need to talk about it, then I think the stigma would rise because people would just start kind of thinking if you don’t talk about it then it must be unspeakable,” she said. In hopes of sparking a spiral effect, Beeson said effective dialogue starts with the sharing of personal stories.“One of our goals is to try and be very open with our own mental health struggles so that if we talk to somebody else about it they might have the courage to go and talk to someone else about it,” said Beeson. “I think something big is just getting the students the help that they need.”last_img read more

Collins aims for the Dail and joins O’Dea on party ticket

first_imgLinkedin Print Fianna Fail Limerick City General Election Candidates, Cllr James Collins and Willie O’Dea TD.Picture: Keith Wiseman Previous articleGarda investigate assault and brazen handbag snatchNext articleArmed teen arrested in cash and drugs seizure Staff Reporter LimerickNewsLocal NewsPoliticsCollins aims for the Dail and joins O’Dea on party ticketBy Staff Reporter – April 10, 2018 1098 Facebook Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSFianna Fáilgeneral electionGerry CollinsJames CollinslimerickMichael Collinsniall collins Email WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival IF you are a Collins and from Limerick, politics is sure to course through your veins and for newly selected Fianna Fail general election candidate James Collins, that is certainly very true.His father was a TD, his uncle a cabinet Minister and his first cousin a party spokesperson in three portfolios and now the Dooradoyle native is looking to elevate his political carer to capture a seat at the next elected Dail.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Addressing the recent selection convention, the married father of four wants to help mould “a city that works for you”.With Limerick claiming recent accolades at European level, James Collins feels that Limerick’s reputation is now soaring after it announced 2,500 jobs last year, something that can be built upon.“I got involved in local politics nine years ago when Limerick was in a much darker place. Job losses hit hard. I felt I could help. My friends, my neighbours, our community, they were all in a bad place. My business was in the middle of a neighbourhood that needed help to change. The economy of Limerick needed to change to survive the downturn and get back on the road to recovery.“The single biggest lesson I’ve learned in those nine years is that politics can help change people’s lives, so long as you have a long-term vision, and a strategy for getting there.“Limerick is a case study in how to strategically tackle economic issues; in how to put in place structures and cultures that allow businesses to flourish, generate employment, and in turn create opportunities for people to live in a city that works for them.The elected local authority representative said that brave decisions by local councillors “were the springboard for the strategic recovery of our city.“We took some tough decisions to stabilise the local authority’s finances, and this gave us the ability to buy strategic sites for development around the city.Noting that Limerick is the European City of the Future for 2018/19, Cllr Collins said that this was evident “because all around us we can see Limerick’s future taking shape – whether it’s hard-working families enjoying some leisure time in Mungret Park, or the young men and women in their 20s embarking on financially rewarding and diverse careers in IT, financial services, or the digital economy.”James Collins graduated from the University of Limerick and travelled before he and his wife Eileen returned to Limerick to settle and raise their family.In 2000 Limerick had few opportunities, but that has changed as “the Limerick of today is High tech, Fintech, Pharma, Life Sciences. It is Dell, General Motors, WP Engine, Regeneron, Uber, Vistakon, Jaguar, Stats, Edwards Life Sciences, Tekro, and Design Pro. It is Limerick for Engineering, Limerick for IT. It is Troy Studios. There is more to come.“We have diversified. We are thinking differently, bigger, better, smarter.The city’s progress will shine through developments like the Opera Site and Gardens International but we can be under no illusions: there are many social problems that remain, Cllr Collins said.“Life is about living, so while we build the economy, we also have to build the society around it.Selected on the Fianna Fail party ticket, James Collins said that he wants to help make sure that everyone has a fair chance, and an equal opportunity to access jobs and education, housing and healthcare.“The reason I want to take the next step now and represent Limerick City in Dail Eireann, is because the problems that still exist: the housing and rental crisis, overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick, social deprivation, crime, the lack of a proper 21st Century transport network for our city – these are problems that have to be addressed through national policy.Limerick needs political leadership to match this ambition and deliver Limerick’s future. That’s why I’m putting my name forward for election to Dail Eireann.James Collins joins sitting TD Willie O’Dea as the candidates for the next general election in a bid to gain a second seat for his party as the Limerick man feels “we need a government less focussed on trying to look good and more focused on doing good.”See more Limerick news here Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Bad agents ruined Odartey Lamptey’s career – Otto Pfister

first_imgFormer Black Starlets and Black Stars head coach, Otto Pfister, believes bad football agents ruined the career of former Ghana youth star Nii Odartey Lamptey.Lamptey was hailed as the next Pele in his formative years, and age limit rules in Belgium were changed to allow him to debut at the age of 16 for Anderlecht. Lamptey signed his first contract at Anderlecht when he was 16, becoming the youngest-ever player to play in the Belgian league.But his career never quite took off, with loan spells at PSV Eindhoven and later Aston Villa, all proving unremarkable.Lamptey, 45, was shuffled around the globe, from South America where he played for Union Sante Fe in Argentina, to Asia where he played for Shandong Luneng of China and Al Nasr of Dubai, and South Africa where he also played for Jomo Cosmos.According to the 82-year-old Pfister who coached Odartey Lamptey when Ghana won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991, Lamptey’s career never reached the apex because of the bad choices agents made for him.“Nii Odartey was a young lad with great talent. He has had so many bad transfers in his life as he was in the hands of agents who were not seeking his interest.“Till today, I cannot believe he didn’t have an amazing career like Sammy Kuffuor, Antony Yeboah and Abedi Pele,” he told Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo in an interview on Citi TV“Bad agents did that to him. He made so many transfers in his career. Moving to China, move to Germany in the second division, Argentina to play for Union Santafe. I don’t know why.“I believe he has played in all the continents of the world and I don’t think he can pick a team he can say he played for long and that was his problem. He also had problems with his family and he has a very tragic story to tell,” Pfister concluded.BackgroundNii Odartey Lamptey featured in Ghana’s team that won the U-17 FIFA World Championships in Italy beating Spain in the final and was named the best player of the competition.Odartey Lamptey finished the tournament with four goals and was judged the Best Player of the tournament ahead of Brazil’s Adriano.last_img read more

Tragedy strikes Nigeria football again as Amodu dies

first_imgAmodu rose to prominence when he guided BCC Lions of Gboko to win the Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1991.He was subsequently rewarded with leading the Super Eagles in 1994.He would take up this post at least three other times during which time he qualified the country to two World Cups.But on both occasions he was not the man in charge at the final tournaments.He also handled top South African club Orlando Pirates between 1996 and 1997.Share on: WhatsApp Nigeria’s coach Shuaibu Amodu talks to the press following the World Cup 2010 draw at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town on December 4, 2009. The draw, which saw the 32 qualified teams split into eight groups of four for the first round stage of the June 11-July 11 tournament, laid down the battle lines for what will be the first World Cup to be played on African soil. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN Tragedy has hit Nigeria football again as former Super Eagles coach Shuaibu Amodu died just days after another national team coach Stephen Keshi passed away.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced Saturday that Amodu, 58, died after complaining of chest problems.On Wednesday, Keshi, 54, died suddenly in the southern Benin City.Amodu, four-time Super Eagles coach, also died in his sleep in the same city.Amodu, who qualified Nigeria to two World Cups, in 2002 and 2010, was to have replaced Sunday Oliseh, who quit as the country’s coach in February, but he declined on health grounds.The top coach was recently appointed Nigeria technical director.Senior football officials told AFP Amodu was hypertensive and had been on medication.Keshi assisted Amodu when Nigeria qualified for the 2002 World Cup.last_img read more

Solid showing by Neptunes at Kootenay Regional Swim Meet

first_imgThe goal — qualify for Provincials — was set in May, prior to the start of the season.This past weekend at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre a handful of Neptune swimmers achieved their season’s prize by capturing qualifying spots at the BC Summer Swim Association Championships later this month in Kamloops.“It was a really awesome weekend for the Neptunes,” said Nelson skipper Sarah Broen, who along with Matthew Holitzki form the coaching staff.“Not only did our swimmers swim best times, but many of them achieved their regional goals that we set in May.” “These swimmers also displayed some amazing team spirit by cheering for all the swimmers, of all ages,” Broen added.Castlegar Aquanauts captured the overall team prize at the Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regionals, edging out Kimberley for the Regional Title.Grand Forks Piranhas finished third followed by the host Neptunes.Trail Stingrays finished fifth followed by Creston in sixth and Colville, Wash., in seventh.For the Neptunes, the weekend qualified more than a dozen swimmers.Ready for compete at the provincial level are Keira Badry, Kallie Badry, Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Madeline Holitzki, assistant coach Matthew Holitzki, Olivia Cowan, Enna Cowan, Imogen Cowan, Sage Cowan, Raine Ingram, Cynthia Pfeiffer, Ella Chouinard and head coach Sarah Broen.The BC Summer Swim Association Championships August 17-20 in Kamloops.last_img read more