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The Aaron Keen era begins at Wash U –

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ST. LOUIS They say what goes around comes around. That couldnt fit the description of the new Washington University head coach any better.

I think the interesting thing is I came to Wash U in 1990, now thats ages ago, said new head coach Aaron Keen.

Keen is a former All-American quarterback who used to torch opposing defenses for the bears back in the day alongside his twin brother.

We looked at different places and it just kind of happened we went to the same place, Keen said in an interview in 1992 with Trey Wingo.

Once his playing days were done, Keen took the coaching path.

This place helped shape me into who I am now, Keene said.

On his first stop following his playing days, he was an assistant coach under none other than Larry Kindbom.

When I took over as offensive coordinator for Larry Kindbom, he asked me what I was passionate about, and Im a former quarterback and of course Im passionate about throwing the football. And he said, 'Lets do that,' Keen said.

Now nearly three decades later, the Bears are still throwing the football. Theyll just have a different guy walking those sidelines.

Having the connection with Larry Kindbom as my head football coach and a guy I worked for, its pretty special to come back to what I consider home and take over for a guy like that, Keen said.

Before coming home, scenery often changed, his team colors changed, but one thing remained a constant.

A thing I think I picked up from Kindbom is you live life with a positive mental attitude, Keen said.

There was also one other thing that remained the same -- the high character athletes at Wash U.

I think anybody who has worked here for any amount of time would tell you what makes it special is the players you get to coach, Keen said.


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Wager delivers a seminar on mental game at the Ontario Blue Jays Clubhouse. COURTESY OF SETH MANDEL

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What is the value of addressing social connectedness as a factor of mental health? To Michael Wager, it may be one of the best tools that students can use especially as the university battles a mental health crisis on campus.

Wager, a performance coach for athletes who works at the U of T-affiliated Toronto Western Hospital, spoke with The Varsity to share his experiences of mental health and discuss promising approaches to addressing the causes of mental health concerns.

The ABC model of mental health

An influential model in psychiatry is the biopsychosocial approach, which posits that biological, psychological, and social factors each influence resiliency defined as ones ability to adapt to stress and adversity.

To make the model more accessible to a general audience, Wager reframed it as the ABCs model of resiliency: attitude, biology, and community.

Psychological attitude refers to ones outlook on the world, which includes whether you see the world through a positive lens and have an optimistic attitude. This represents the psychological factors of resilience. If you can find a way to have a positive attitude, you can be more resilient, said Wager.

A shift in psychological outlook could stem from psychotherapy, which comprises treatments for mental health conditions by talking with a mental health provider. It could also come from coaching, especially in the context of competitive sports, which could shift athletes mindsets.

The B, biology, is how can you hack your own biology to be more resilient, said Wager. This corresponds to the biological factors of resilience, which suggests that biological abnormalities may be a cause of mental health conditions.

Prescription medication, such as antidepressants, could be a treatment option, along with medical procedures, including deep brain stimulation for severe cases. However, Wager noted that neurological changes can also take place due to physical exercise, as well as improving ones nutrition by eating healthier food.

But the C, community, could be the most important piece of the puzzle of resilience, noted Wager. Which corresponds to the social factors of the biopsychosocial model.

Theres research out there that shows the more connected one is to their community, the better off theyre going to be in their own mental health journeys, noted Wager. Joining a club, a sports team, or volunteering could be ways for students to find a community.

One major criticism of the biopsychosocial approach is that the boundaries of biological, psychological, and social factors are ill-defined: for example, its unclear whether a psychological factor can be a biological factor as well. However, this may be less important in the context of treatment.

If youre not sure where to start, just pick something, anything, that will help you make gains in one of those three areas, said Wager.

Applying the model in his own life

Wager himself has grappled with mental health challenges and used the ABCs to address them.

In university, I had a really tough time; I was depressed, he said. I failed my first year, got myself back together, worked in the restaurant industry for a couple of years, became a little more stable, and then finished a bachelors degree.

He has further experienced depression following the loss of a friend due to suicide. It made me more depressed, but it also made me more motivated to really try and make a contribution to this world and [raise awareness about mental health].

Wager uses journalling to change his own psychology. I have a great little journal that my friend made me, its tiny so I can carry it wherever I go, he said. So I will start my day by writing out 10 things Im grateful for.

To address his biology, Wager practices yoga, which has been linked to neurobiological changes that could help patients with depression. He has also spoken with a psychiatrist, who has prescribed him with medication to improve his mental health.

Finally, to broaden his community, he joined a volleyball team. When I first moved here [to Toronto], I barely knew anyone, he said. The team sport enabled him to have fun and get to know people he enjoyed spending time with.

Its so important if youre going to perform in sports or in school or in life, youve got to have people in your corner, he said, reflecting on the importance of social factors. Whether youre an athlete or not, youve got to have people in your corner, and thats what I want to share.

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Over the course of 2019, mental health shot right to the top of the TV industry agenda.

High profile cases, such as the suicides of contestants who have appeared on shows such as Love Island and The Jeremy Kyle Show, have forced TV executives in the UK to take more account of the well-being of the participants on programmes.

The Harvey Weinstein revelations have also led to a closer examination of the culture of the creative industry itself. Within society at large, awareness of mental health is much higher too; in the UK, Prince William and Prince Harry have talked openly about their mental well-being, helping to reduce the stigma that used to be associated with mental health.

Last year, The Film and TV Charity conducted the Looking Glass survey to research the well-being of TV workers. It was astonished to receive nearly 9,000 responses in just three weeks, a far higher number than it had anticipated.

The responses flooded in, says The Film and TV Charitys CEO Alex Pumfrey, describing a huge outpouring of emotion and pent up feelings in the replies.

The full findings of the survey will be released this month, but early figures show that the proportion of people in the film and TV industries who have experienced mental ill-health is 86% compared to 66% in the general population. Its very markedly higher, says Pumfrey.

Asked why this might be the case, Pumfrey points to the structure of an industry where two-thirds of workers are freelance, subject to the ups and downs that comes with this way of working. Its also very hard for people to show any sort of vulnerability because the person they might open up to is also the person who is going to be booking them for their next job.

Long hours, bullying and lack of supportShe goes on to cite three specific factors that might be causing a higher number of mental health problems. The first is to do with industry working practices: the intensity of production work and its long hours, tight deadlines and often being away from home.

This, of course, has long been a feature of the industry, but the survey gives a strong sense that this is accelerating as budgets get tighter and expectations become higher. The hamster wheel is turning faster and that translates to increasing pressure on people, says Pumfrey.

Secondly, she says that while there has been some progress on sexual harassment in the wake of Times Up and MeToo movements, bullying is as prevalent as it ever has been, and was a very strong feature in what we saw in the research.

The hamster wheel is turning faster and that translates to increasing pressure on people, says Alex Pumfrey, The Film and TV Charity

Thirdly, she explains that there is a lack of support that is easily available and accessible for the freelance community. As a freelancer, you could be working under the auspices of a broadcaster which has got fantastic support in place for its employees. But its very difficult for them to extend any meaningful support to you as a freelancer.

The findings certainly chime with Will Hanrahan, creative director of indie producer FirstLook. He talks of hearing horror stories when recruiting production staff, who tell of 15-hour working days and bullying behaviour by bosses at some companies.

Hanrahan thinks the problem has got worse in the past three years. He says structural changes to the industry lie at the heart of the problem, and that ultimately it comes down to financial pressures. Larger production companies, he explains, have financial targets to hit. Producers and production managers are under pressure to help hit these targets. If that means hitting tough deadlines or making additional, last minute changes to projects to keep a broadcaster onside, then crew will have to work extra hard to make it happen. All of a sudden weve got these constantly shifting creative targets and deadlines, as well as constantly shrinking budgets. And that equals stress.

People who are up against tough deadlines and budgets are more likely to behave badly, he adds. Thats even more the case if they are subject to a series of judgements on their work, with three or four executives having a say in what they have delivered.

Icon Filmss director of production Andie Clare also agrees that long hours and short contracts are problematic issues within the industry.

All of a sudden weve got these constantly shifting creative targets and deadlines, as well as constantly shrinking budgets. And that equals stress. Will Hanrahan, FirstLook

WellbeingBristol-based Icon runs an employee assistance programme, run by Health Assured, which is available to everyone who works at the company. A confidential support service that is staffed 24 hours a day, its a resource for people to talk about issues ranging from financial worries, relationships, bereavement through to mental health. She says its also a useful resource for line managers to draw on if they dont feel qualified to help deal with certain staff problems.

Icon also runs a wellbeing programme, which includes Yoga lessons through to desk-based massages. Clare says such programmes dont just benefit staff, but Icon too as it looks to attract staff to the company. In Bristol, she says, a lot of new production companies have launched recently, increasing competition for talent. All companies here are doing a lot to make sure that they are places that people want to work and where they feel supported.

Clare notes that younger people are more comfortable talking about mental health issues than older workers, and feel more able to talk to her or their line managers about them. Often, they are not caused by workplace issues but other matters in their lives, whether relationship breakdowns or parents who are ill. But, in general, Clare agrees TV is a very high-pressure industry. People find that long hours and short contracts are tough, especially when they enter the industry its not something you necessarily realise when you think you want to pursue a career in this industry.

However, resilience, she adds, is important as well. There is a responsibility to power through to get some jobs done.

TV is a very high pressure industry. People find that long hours and short contracts are tough, especially when they enter the industry. Andie Clare, Icon Films

Short-termismThis is a point echoed by Tamara Abood, who retrained as a psychotherapist after working in TV as head of factual entertainment at Dragonfly and as a commissioning editor at Channel 4.

She says many therapists are concerned that there is a general trend towards labelling the normal day-to-day stresses and challenges of life as mental health issues when in fact they really are just the normal stresses of life.

That said, I know from my own experience that the TV industry is a very demanding one, and the scale of the response to The Film & TV Charity survey speaks volumes.

In her psychotherapy practice, Abood sees a lot of TV people who are experiencing very high levels of stress, some of which relates to the actual demands of the work and some to dysfunctional personalities or toxic work environments. The two go hand in hand. In stressful environments people behave badly, says Abood.

In this respect, she doesnt think that TV is any different to any other industry. Abood sees clients from across the spectrum of the creative industries, from fashion to digital marketing, as well as lawyers and people working in the financial sector, and says theyre all talking about similar issues.

I think where TV differs, or why the incidence of mental health issues might be higher, relates to the short-termism of the industry, says Abood. People move from project to project, and so what happens is that rather than those in charge looking at their working practices at a systemic level, they operate at the project to project level.

It means employers can ask people to do the long hours and give up their weekends because a project is finite, or they can bury their heads about a problem director or series producer because they know that person will move on when the production ends.

The difficulty for many people working in production is that what they may be willing to tolerate over the course of a production, in fact, becomes their way of life because the people running their next project take the same short term approach.

Abood also thinks that there is not enough honesty within the industry about what it really takes to get programmes onscreen.

Whats needed are more honest conversations about the impact of current working practices, Tamara Abood, psychotherapist

There is a dance that is done in TV in which broadcasters say, Can you make this program in this time with this money? and production companies, wanting the work, say, Yes, we can do it. But they can only do it because they are so heavily reliant on the goodwill of freelancers and their staff to put the rest of life on hold. It takes a very strong person to push back, to say No, I have enough on my plate or I need to go home now, I have a life. That attitude is likely to lead to their premature exit from the production or not being invited back onto another production.

The lack of respect for boundaries and for peoples work-life balance is enabled in part, says Abood, because there is an implicit understanding that if you wont do it, there are hundreds behind you who would jump at the chance.

I think whats needed are more honest conversations about the impact of current working practices. We marry unrealistic time frames to unrealistic budgets and high levels of stress is the result. And under stress, our decision-making becomes impaired and we can start to lose our perspective, affecting our relationships with colleagues and impacting on our health. Its a toxic brew.

These are all points recognised by Will Hanrahan at First Look TV, who puts forward a solution to the issue. We have a rule here be kind.

Like at Icon, the rule makes good business sense. First Look is also a regional indie, based in Stratford upon Avon, so having a reputation as a nice place to work is important for attracting top talent. But the rule is also about simply doing the right thing, and attempting to lead the way in tackling the high levels of stress within the industry. In my experience, our industry is full of lovely people, says Hanrahan. Everybody is up against it though. So what can we do as influencers to help sort the problem? My answer is to turn up the kindness.

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Dallas tattoo legend Oliver Peck removed from national television in the wake of blackface photos – The Dallas Morning News

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Deep Ellum's Oliver Peck has become a star of the tattoo world, serving as a judge on TVs "Ink Master" and once holding the record for most tattoos done in 24 hours.

Dallas tattoo artist Oliver Peck has been a fixture for years on the television show Ink Master, but no more hes gone after photos of Peck in blackface surfaced and launched a cyber storm on the internet.

The producers and I have decided its best to part ways, Peck said in a statement, which was quoted by USA Today. The offensive photos of me which recently surfaced from many years ago can only be a distraction to the amazing show I have loved being a part of and its many talented artists.

Peck had served as a judge on Ink Master alongside musician Dave Navarro and tattoo artist Chris Nunez since the show launched in 2012. But in his hometown of Dallas, Peck is best known for Elm Street Tattoo, the popular shop hes anchored in Deep Ellum since 1996.

The blackface photos, which quickly went viral, stunned not only the internet but also Dallas tattoo subculture. The person who answered a call to Elm Street Tattoo said they would provide a statement at a later time.

The website describes the photos as follows:

The photos, which apparently were taken from his old MySpace account, show [Peck] wearing dark makeup all over his face and body while dressed as a basketball player and a superhero with a racist logo for Halloween. TMZ also reported Peck dressed as a Playboy bunny while wearing blackface.

After the explosion on social media, TMZ upped the ante, noting that Peck donned blackface on multiple occasions for various Halloween costumes. In one, notes the article in USA Today, Peck appears to wear dark face paint, a wig and the letter 'N' on his chest."

Peck apologized on Instagram.

I want to profusely apologize for my completely inappropriate, insensitive, and immature behavior. I look at those photos and its hard for me to believe that I could have been so clueless, insensitive and dumb. I hope that Ive matured a great deal since then and Im deeply sorry for everyone Ive offended.

He continued, I was 100% wrong to depict myself this way and I take full responsibility for my immature, misguided perspective, total lapse of judgment and sensitivity.

He concluded by thanking his supporters.

Those of you that know my heart, I am grateful to my friends, family, colleagues, clients and fans who have allowed me to apologize and learn from this mistake, he wrote. I can only hope that those of you that I dont know, and anyone I have offended, can also find it in your hearts to accept my sincere apology.

Its unclear when the photos were taken.

The website for Elm Street Tattoo describes Peck as an artist whose life revolves around tattooing. He began tattooing when he was a teenager in his hometown of Dallas and has, according to USA Today, perfected his precise and traditional tattooing style making him one of the best and well-known old school American style artists.

In 2008, Peck tattooed his way into the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 415 tattoos of the number 13 in a consecutive 24-hour period. He has taken his tattooing talents to England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway and in the Far East, including Japan and Thailand.

A 2013 story in The Dallas Morning News read, In the colorful world of tattooing, hes a revered figure. Peck oversaw a music and tattoo festival that brought 50 tattoo artists from around the world to Deep Ellum, all handpicked by a guy whos come a long way since he started inking himself and his friends in his garage at age 17.

As a youngster growing up in the punk-rock scene, he always wanted tattoos. And he got them, to the point that parts of his body became so thick with ink, it was hard to make out the designs. It started with a moon and anchor that he did himself at age 17.

In a quote that appears as part of a video posted by the show, Peck says: I feel like Ive always been an overwhelmingly positive person. I was like that as a kid, but as an adult, Ive adopted it as a philosophy, whether its been jail, drugs, car crashes, father dying. Positive mental attitude has got me through everything.

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Friction on social media ‘could affect mental health’ – Eastern Eye

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A LEADING psychiatrist has warned that political disagreements between families on social media could have a detrimental effect on their mental health.

The trend of users taking to social media to express thoughts on a number of sensitive issues has increased, Dr Vidya Narayanan, a researcher at Oxford Internet Institute (OII), confirmed.

However, Professor Dinesh Bhugra has raised concerns that some young British Asians may feel unable to express their views due to the backlash they may face from family. He said an emphasis on parental authority in the Asian community could potentially mean that the younger generation did not communicate their opinion on issues for fear of upsetting their elders. In turn, this could have a negative effect on their well being.

You can find yourself as part of an argument which is going on in a WhatsApp group. You may disagree, but you cant say anything because you dont want to disrespect your elders, Professor Bhugra told Eastern Eye. So, you can then get angry and frustrated and internalise those negative feelings which may make you feel depressed.

Shivani Govindia, 26, a student from London, has experienced tension in her family caused by differing political views. For instance, her family had had heated debates within their WhatsApp group in relation to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Although the younger generation, such as Govindias elder sister and her cousins, had expressed dislike of Modi, her uncle has shown support for him.

She revealed that they had clashed over Indias so-called beef ban. In 2017, Modis ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets across India. When I heard that Modi was banning certain meats, me and my uncle had an argument about that, Govindia told Eastern Eye last week. Although I am vegetarian, I wouldnt want to tell people what to eat, whereas he [uncle] has a different opinion and said it was a good idea that Modi banned it.

The OIIs Dr Narayanan said she was not surprised to hear about a difference of opinions in families, especially among the younger and older members. Often generations differ in their outlook, particularly in diaspora communities, where older members of the family might have grown up in different cultural milieu, she told Eastern Eye.

Professor Bhugra, a former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, agreed. He believes older British Asians could have more of an affinity to their native country and therefore, were much more likely to remain involved and interested in the politics and local issues. Meanwhile, the younger generation may feel more in line with the majority community in the UK, so are likely to have more liberal views.

It is part of a culture conflict between older generations views and the younger generation which can cause tension, Professor Bhugra, emeritus professor of mental health and cultural diversity at Kings College London, explained.

He also said the younger generation could be caught between two competing cultures. At home, they were part of a sociocentric culture whereas outside the home environment, they wished to be more independent, and the increased access to social media had helped that.

The boundaries between home and outside are gone, Professor Bhugra said, noting the number of people who carried their mobile phones with them all the time. (Having constant access) means there are continual reminders and pressure.

Although Govindia did not believe her parents were disappointed in her expressing opposing views, she did admit that things could get heated. We are never rude to each other, but we do get into heated arguments about politics, she said. Once, something about climate change came up and my cousin got heated about that () my older relatives have had to tell my cousin to calm down before.

Although Govindia has never felt uncomfortable voicing her views to her family, she has experienced negative backlash when her views have conflicted with friends on social media. During the December general election, Govindia backed the Conservatives and showed support for Tory leader Boris Johnson. When she expressed her views, she was accused of being racist by a former work colleague. Although he later apologised, Govindia admitted she has been a bit scared to say (she) backed Boris on certain social media channels.

A student in my MA class messaged us all on our WhatsApp group saying she wouldnt speak to us if we voted Tory, Govindia added. I think that is such a negative attitude to have, as then you are not listening to other peoples viewpoints or learning from others.

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Mark Palios on the Tranmere ‘oneness’ that has fuelled thrilling FA Cup run and holds the key to League One survival – Liverpool Echo

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A chance to make history, to defy the odds and produce the unthinkable: Only the FA Cup can throw up such fairytale stories.

3-0 down at half-time against Watford; just how many teams would possess the mental fortitude to overturn this situation?

Not many, is the answer.

Battling back from unfavourable positions has been the hallmark of many Tranmere sides over the years, more so than ever since the appointment of Micky Mellon in October 2016.

Despite losing instrumental figures such as James Norwood, Steve McNulty and Jay Harris, all of whom played an integral part in forming an unbreakable sense of team spirit at the club, Rovers have found a way to evolve and carry forward this trait.

Watford was simply the latest remarkable comeback completed by this sidea result that not even Rovers chairman Mark Palios foresaw at half-time.

Reflecting on the 3-3 draw with the Hornets, Palios told the ECHO: I would say that Im pretty much the same as where Micky was on the game; your heart bled for the supporters because they were fantastic. They kept their heads up and kept going and, as a player, its actually quite important.

Like Micky said to the players, get out there and pay the fans back. Did I think we were going to do that? No, is the answer. Its very difficult to envisage coming back, and they were in such control that you couldnt see it turning as dramatically as it did.

One of the reasons Micky is at the club is because he understands and gets the club, being an ex-player. He understands the values of the club and what it means to play for Tranmere, and I think he imbues the players that come to Tranmere with that.

Micky is a coach that can change games. He reads the game; he understands the tempo of the game and is not afraid to make bold changes. We could have gone out there in the second-half and tried to limit the damage, but we didnt. We went out and tried to take the game to them.

The FA Cup has arguably acted as a welcome distraction from the challenges faced in League One this season, with Rovers reaching the third-round of the competition for a second year in succession.

Though still battling to beat the drop in the third tier, Tranmeres heroic cup performances have laid bare the spirit that exists within the squad and the value this brings.

This sense of oneness has carried the Whites a long way, and Palios has insisted its this quality alone that will play a major part in keeping Mellons men safe from relegation come May.

One of the problems with moving up through the divisions as quickly as we did, in the form of two promotions, is the dynamic of the squad changed. A lot of the old guard, who were part of the team spirit that we built, had left, said the Rovers chairman.

This dynamic was quite a difficult one to manage, continued Palios.

At times this season, people have said the players dont care. But I think there is a difference between not caring and a lack of confidence, because of the way a game is. While certain players will brush that off, keep playing and showing it, its sometimes difficult for players who are lacking confidence. It comes across as though they dont care: they dont take a chance and make a run, so they look slower and you get a vicious downward spiral.

In the first-half at Watford, we were a bit subdued and in awe of the fact that we were playing these guys. But there have been enough occasions whereby we have, in adversity, come through: Youre looking at Wycombe away, down to ten men before half-time; they thought it was over. We also beat Burton when we were 1-0 down in the 90minute, and there are enough examples this season where the lads have gone the 90 minutes. There are frustrations whereby weve conceded early goals, and sometimes you think If only we played the 70 minutes after the 20minute, wed be in a far better league position.

Without a doubt, over our time here, one of the major features of the club doing as well as it is has done is the fact that we have this oneness.

At Watford, it was almost as if the fans had done their bit and the players came out and paid them back. That oneness got us out of non-league, out of League Two and has been responsible for keeping us in the FA Cup this season. That is one of the major factors that will keep us safe this year.

At this stage of the competition last season, the Whites crashed out in humiliating style. A 7-0 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur put a dampener on a momentous occasion, and Palios has admitted this was a far cry from being a Tranmere performance.

Should Rovers progress to the fourth-round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 2003/04 campaign, either Wolves or Manchester United will be next in store.

Fancying Tranmeres chances of setting-up another glamour tie involving Premier League opposition, Palios believes adopting the correct mental attitude will hold the key to a famous cup win under the lights at Prenton Park.

Looking ahead to Tuesday night, Palios said: Our capacity will be 14,400. Whether we will achieve that, I dont know. Ticket sales are going well, and people need to get in and get them. I think its going to be one of those classic cup ties.

Watford have got their own problems, in terms of their league position, so it may be a strait re-run of the team they played first time around. Theyre coming here, playing at a packed Prenton Park, and its going to be a difficult pitch compared to the carpets they play on.

The biggest issue is whether or not our lads have the same mental attitude that they had in the second-half at their ground. The psychological pendulum in a game swings one way or another, and I think it would be important for us to get off on the right foot and not give them a three-goal start this time, he concluded.

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Arts and crafts workshops, exercise classes and trips to the allotment to be prescribed under new NHS role in Northamptonshire – Northampton Chronicle…

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Taz Shah says her role is to be the link between medical and non-medical services within the NHS.

The role, which was set up in September, has seen 15 social prescribers start work all over the county taking time to help patients improve their mental health through exercise classes, reduce isolation by taking them to community groups and boost their wellbeing by taking them to allotments.

But it doesn't stop there. Help covers a multitude of things including caring needs, housing or employment issues, sorting out debt problems, filling in forms to losing weight and volunteering.

It comes as Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership has kickstarted 2020 with a new recruitment campaign to hire more Social Prescribing Link Workers into surgeries, following a successful trial in July 2019.

Emerging evidence suggests that social prescribing can improve peoples health and wellbeing and reduce workload for doctors and nurses who will not have to see patients who do not need clinical treatment.

Taz Shah has been working for the NHS for 13 years in different roles and has a background in nutrition, wellbeing and personal fitness.

She was one of the first social prescribers to join the role four months ago and has undergone an eight-day induction course over three months before going onto work at Moulton Surgery, Woodview Medical Centre, Earls Barton Medical Centre, Penvale Park Medical Centre.

The Chronicle & Echo has asked her what people can expect if they are set to take up the job.

She said: Medical staff identify adults that attend the surgeries too often. These visits often occur because patients are vulnerable, lonely, isolated, and have mild or long term health conditions (including mental health issues) and just need somebody to talk to."

Patients are referred to social prescribers by doctors, nurses and even receptionists but can also self-refer themselves, too.

She added: The benefits are that patients get extra time to focus on what matters to them. This takes the pressure off and reduces 'frequent attendants to the surgery and A&E. It also leads to positive outcomes for the patient such as improving their quality of life and emotional wellbeing, reducing levels of anxiety and depression, increasing physical activity and gaining friendship within a community group. This is great for both patient and medical services.

Taz recently helped a lady who was referred to her by a GP for being on long term sick leave due to stress and anxiety. During the 'holistic assessment', the lady told her that she was working full time in Northampton, managing her own family and travelling to London each evening to care for her isolated and ill elderly mother.

When her mother died she had to deal with her estate.

At the same time there were unexpected deaths in the family. In recent years she had gained a lot of weight, had a mental breakdown and was now off work.

Taz referred the lady to the Activity on Referral Scheme and Weight Management Programme at the local gym. Together they worked out a nutritional plan and Taz supported her in the gym.

Now the lady is back at work with a positive mental attitude. She has lost a stone in weight, is eating healthily, and regained her self-confidence and purpose.

Her relationship with her teenage daughter has transformed and she is attending classes at the gym with her.

Taz said this is a perfect example of what a social prescriber can do for a patient.

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Youre scrolling through your phone and transfixed by yet more images of streets reduced to burnt debris, injured wildlife, and maps showing the scale of the fires continuing to burn. On the television in the background, a woman who has lost her home breaks down, while news of another life lost flashes across the screen.

You cant bear to watch anymore, but at the same time, you cant tear yourself away. Sound familiar?

Weve now been confronted with these tragic images and stories for months. Even if you havent been directly affected by the bushfires, its completely normal to feel sad, helpless, and even anxious.

Beyond despairing about the devastation so many Australians are facing, some of these emotions are likely to be symptoms of eco-anxiety.

Read more: The rise of 'eco-anxiety': climate change affects our mental health, too

Research on previous bushfire disasters shows people directly affected are more likely to suffer mental health consequences than those who have not been directly affected.

After Black Saturday, about one in five people living in highly affected communities experienced persistent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or psychological distress.

Recognising this as a critical issue, the Australian government has announced funding to deliver mental health support to affected people and communities.

But living in an unaffected area doesnt mean youre immune. In addition to contending with rolling images and stories of devastation, weve seen flow-on effects of the bushfires reach far beyond affected areas.

For example, schools and workplaces have been closed, people have been forced to cancel their summer holidays, and sports matches and community events have been called off. This disruption to normal activities can result in uncertainty and distress, particularly for children and young people.

Distress around the current fires may be compounded by and intertwined with a pervasive sense of fear and anxiety in relation to climate change-related events.

The American Psychological Association defines eco-anxiety as a chronic fear of environmental doom.

While concern and anxiety around climate change are normal, eco-anxiety describes a state of being overwhelmed by the sheer scale, complexity and seriousness of the problems were facing. It can be accompanied by guilt for personal contributions to the problem.

Read more: Rising eco-anxiety means we should address mental health alongside food security

The Australian bushfires may have signalled a tipping point for many people who held a passive attitude towards climate change, and even many who have held a more active view of climate denialism. In the face of current circumstances, the crisis of climate change now becomes almost impossible to ignore.

While eco-anxiety is not a diagnosable mental disorder, it can have significant impacts on a persons well-being.

Whether you think youre suffering from eco-anxiety or more general stress and depression about the bushfires, here are some things you can do.

Were now living with the environmental consequences of a changing climate, and this requires people to adapt. Fortunately, most of us are innately resilient and are able to overcome stress and losses and to live with uncertainty.

We can enhance this resilience by connecting with friends and family and positively engaging in our communities. Making healthy choices around things like diet, exercise and sleep can also help.

Further, supporting those who are vulnerable has benefits for both the person giving and receiving assistance. For example, parents have a critical role in listening to their childrens concerns and providing appropriate guidance.

Read more: Babies and toddlers might not know there's a fire but disasters still take their toll

Seeking to reduce your own carbon footprint can help alleviate feelings of guilt and helplessness in addition to the positive difference these small actions make to the environment.

This might include walking, cycling and taking public transport to get around, and making sustainability a factor in day-to-day decisions like what you buy and what you eat.

Joining one of the many groups advocating for the environment also provides a voice for people concerned about the changing climate.

Finally, there are many ways you can provide assistance to bushfire relief efforts. The generosity shown by Australians and others internationally has provided a sense of hope at a time when many are facing enormous hardship.

Some people, particularly those living with unrelated psychological distress, will find it harder to adapt to increased stress. Where their emotional resources are already depleted, it becomes more difficult to accommodate change.

Although we dont yet have research on this, its likely people with pre-existing mental health problems will be more vulnerable to eco-anxiety.

If this is you, its worthwhile seeking professional help if you feel your mental health is deteriorating at this time.

Read more: How to donate to Australian bushfire relief: give money, watch for scams and think long term

Whether or not you have a pre-existing mental health disorder, if youre feeling depressed or anxious to a degree its affecting your work, education or social functioning, you should seek advice from a health professional.

Evidence-based psychological interventions like cognitive behavioural therapy reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improving mental health and well-being.

If this article has raised issues for you, or if youre concerned about someone you know, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Southend United letter: Stop the negativity and lets get 40 points – Echo

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AN Echosport reader has his say.

Although I live inLeighon Sea I have only been going to the SUFC matches for about fiveyears.

Before that I was still playing hockey for my local team.

I started watching SUFC when Brown came on the scene and in 2015 we came up through the play offs to Division One.

Apart from the first season when Ferdinand was alongside Thompson there has been a stifling decline in our performance.

As a result Brown, Powell and Bond have gone.

Campbell was appointed the day we lost 7-1 to Doncaster.

Campbell is a winner. Hes made the team fitter, stronger, introduced some discipline and organised the defence so it is no longer leaking goals. The team can come back from losing to at least draw, matching as it has top of the table Rotherham with a draw.

Everybody knows we are second from bottom so stop keeping on about it.

Such negative drivel just works on everybodys mentality including those trying to score.

There are still 57 points to play for and some believe that another 40 points will save us from going down.

This is a FirstDivision side and to coin a phrase as Bojo did with Lets get Brexit done lets state Lets get 40 points done

Of course you can take no notice of these words but I tell you that many supporters share my view of your inbred negativity.

Break from it and show some positivity.

You have the power to get under the skin of our players whose mental attitude is still fragile in a positive way.

And then watch them score a few goals on Saturday.

Do it Mr Phillips, do it

Grant Littler

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Manager, Distribution and Business Development job with Altice USA | 409422 –

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Cheddar is a live Post-Cable Network covering the headline and business news that is transforming our lives. Cheddars team is growing, products are diversifying, and infrastructure is becoming more complex- at a very fast pace. Were looking for an experienced media operations professional to oversee a diverse portfolio of projects that helps our team work together to execute their objectives amidst this rapid change.

In June 2019, Cheddar was acquired by Altice USA, which grew Cheddars news family to include News12 and i24 as well as introduce a new portfolio of ad products. While our culture remains start-up in feel, the opportunity for success is now even greater.

Altice News is a seeking a candidate experienced with video distribution on Pay TV, FAST and syndication platforms to help negotiate and manage distribution partnerships for the portfolio: Cheddar News, Cheddar Business, News12 and i24News. Based in New York City, this role will work on agreements and manage them from inception to signature and through renewal cycles. The ideal candidate has an understanding of video distribution in an ever-changing digital world; is a highly motivated, driven, enthusiastic and results-oriented professional and is naturally passionate about new types of news and entertainment distribution. The right candidate will thrive in a fast-paced start up environment within a larger corporate environment.

General responsibilities will include: Negotiate new distribution and partnership deals for Altice News content across business models and renew agreements that drive new audiences, viewership and revenue. Collaborate with key stakeholders across the company (i.e. technology, content production, operations, ad sales, marketing, finance, legal etc.) to assess and implement opportunities for linear, OTT, VOD, syndication, audio etc. Update and create pitch materials for potential distributors. Track and communicate deal pipeline and key terms. Maintain contracts, track key terms and compliance. Serve as main business contact for select clients in order to maintain a productive partnership, troubleshoot problems and maximize revenue opportunities. Analyze industries and competitive landscapes to stay ahead of trends, potential partners and positioning of other programmers Develop and maintain relationships with potential distribution partners

BA/BS required. MBA preferred. History in management consulting or investment banking a plus. 2-5 years related experience in entertainment/media industry working in a partnership or deal role Excellent understanding of linear and digital TV platforms Demonstrated ability to understand and execute the process required to close deals, including under tight time constraints. Must be a strategic thinker, a strong negotiator and a self-starter with a proven track record. Extremely organized, efficient, strong attention to detail, excellent writing and communication skills with a can-do, positive attitude and a desire to get things done. Candidate should have current relationships with key distribution clients and experience in video distribution or acquisition. Willing to travel for business purposes as needed.

Altice USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds regardless of gender, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.

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