TCU looking to expand suicide prevention and awareness campaign

first_imgReddIt Linkedin Linkedin Facebook Previous articleNever Stop Nancy: house minority leader delivers 8 hour speech on immigrationNext articleTCU to add new general counsel on staff Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TAGSmental healthsuicidesuicide prevention Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ This unexpected aspect of suicide is something Wood wants to draw attention to.“A lot of people do not understand how prevalent suicide is among college students,” Wood said. “For every 10,000 students on campus, you can expect one completed suicide per year.”Having a support system while in college and knowing when to reach out for help are two very important factors to being mentally healthy, Goldberg said. “I think that people will take their lives because they feel like nobody is going to remember them,” she said. “Being there for that person and just telling them that they have so much to value in this world [is important].”Aside from working closely with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and various other organizations, the Goldbergs and other volunteers created “REDgen,” a non-profit organization based in the greater Milwaukee area that works to educate the public about youth’s mental health. “I am just doing my part to make a difference in someone else’s life,” Goldberg said. “I think that is the biggest thing.” Anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts can visit the TCU Counseling & Mental Health Center website or contact the TCU 24/7 counseling hotline at 817-257-7233. Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! Flu activity remains high in Texas World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printIt’s been five years since Sarah Goldberg’s younger sister Abby took her life – she was 13 at the time. “At a certain point you have to move on,” Goldberg said. “Your life continues and you make new memories, but it is one of those things that never really goes away. It is hard and it is painful, but ever since, my family has done a lot for suicide prevention.”Goldberg, a finance and political science double major, and her family are advocates for mental health awareness. She understands the importance of de-stigmatizing the word “suicide” and supports the TCU Counseling & Mental Health Center‘s efforts to make the campus more aware of the signs that some could be struggling.Now in its eighth year, TCU’s R U OK? outreach program is in the process of submitting a grant proposal that would allow the suicide awareness and prevention campaign to be extended. Feelings of confusion, loneliness and, anxiety have the potential to lead to depression; the number one cause of suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, TCU is actively working to bring awareness to the topic. Photo courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and PreventionSince 2010, TCU has lost seven students to suicide, said Eric Wood, the associate director of counseling and mental health. There hasn’t been a reported suicide on campus since March 2017,  Wood said, however, mental health awareness is a topic that TCU is bringing to the forefront of the conversation.The R U OK? campaign has worked to promote health-seeking behaviors. It functions as an awareness initiative and a counseling and mental health educational site where students, staff and, parents can learn about any and all resources concerning suicide. They’re educated about warning signs and risk factors and contact information is provided if they need further assistance. The overarching goal of the campaign is to continue to increase the awareness of mental health on campus. Goldberg said that spreading the word about mental health is vital, especially at places that are full of students who need help, such as college campuses.“Abby had a history of mental health and depression, but we were not expecting it in the slightest,” Goldberg said. “I think a lot of what we have done, my family and myself included, is because of my little sister. Hopefully, while it is really sad that it happened, we can do something positive.” Pictured; Sarah and Abbey Goldberg. Photo courtesy of Sarah Goldberg. Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Revamped enrollment process confuses some students Twitter TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food Facebook Twitter + posts Grace Amiss Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Country’s first media law starts life as dead letter

first_img Follow the news on Turkmenistan Organisation For more information on Turkmenistan: – Read our previous statements- Read Turkmenistan page in our latest report on the “Internet Enemies”- Read Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s profile in our report on the “Press freedom predators”(Picture: STR/AFP) News March 13, 2020 Find out more TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia to go further #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries January 9, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Country’s first media law starts life as dead letter News Help by sharing this information Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Receive email alerts RSF_en News March 31, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan The first media law in the history of Turkmenistan came into effect on 4 January. In principle, it proclaims freedom of expression and bans censorship but it has so far done nothing to narrow the gulf between the official discourse and the reality of one of the world’s most closed and repressive countries.“The reign of the arbitrary has prevailed until now in the media domain so the existence of a law is a small step forward but much will have to change before its principles and provisions are translated into facts,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “For the time being, some of its provisions, although very satisfactory on paper, border on the ridiculous when confronted with the reality of journalist practices. The state is supposed to ‘guarantee media pluralism and independence’ but in practice the media are monolithic and controlled by the state and independent journalism is unthinkable. We strongly urge the authorities to bring practice into line with their own legislation.“The attitude of the authorities, the political system, and the justice system will all have to change fundamentally for the rights enshrined in this law to acquire real meaning and for the public to feel sufficiently confident to claim them. Without real democratic reform, this law, like so many others, will remain a complete fiction.”Deloire added: “We nonetheless salute the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s contribution to the drafting of this law. Turkmenistan now has a law that recognizes that news and information providers have rights, and we will not hesitate to remind the authorities of the need to respect their own laws.”Passed by the Mejlis (parliament) on 22 December and quickly signed into law by the president, the “Law on the Mass Media” that took effect on 4 January in theory “determines the rules governing the collection, processing and dissemination of news and information” and “establishes the rights, duties and responsibilities” of news providers. The contrast is striking between the Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov regime’s highly repressive practices and the “principles of state policy in the media domain” that are spelled out in article 4. “The media are free,” article 4 says. “No one may ban or prevent the media from disseminating information of public interest except under the provisions of this law (…) citizens have the right to use all media forms to express their opinions and beliefs, and to seek, receive and impart information.” The article also forbids “media censorship,” “interfering in the activities of the media” and “monopolization of the media by persons or entities.”In practice, all the Turkmen media are directly controlled by the state, which uses them to circulate propaganda and severely punishes any failure to toe the official line. The president owns most of the national newspapers.There is just one privately-owned weekly, Rysgal (Success), which was launched in September 2010. It is dedicated to promoting private enterprise and does not pursue critical editorial policies. It is published by a group of businessmen, the Turkmenistan Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, which became the country’s second “political party” shortly after the official adoption of a multiparty system in January 2012.Like the ban on censorship in the new media law, the official abandonment of a one-party system was purely illusory. No opposition party has been created and elections continue to be non-competitive.The new media law is for the time being too disconnected from reality for a detailed analysis to be appropriate. Many of its provisions are protective in theory even if their wording is often debatable. Officially, journalists have the right to join unions and the right to use a pseudonym or not put their name to a story (article 30). The protection of sources is referred to as a professional imperative (article 31). Government offices are required to respond within three days to requests for information of public interest (article 37). The public’s access to foreign news media is guaranteed (article 59).But in the absence of wide-ranging reforms, all these good intentions will remain a dead letter.The law is strongly marked by a state-control approach. Regulation of the media, the mechanisms of which are not defined, remains under the control of state entities (article 6). Self-regulation is mentioned only as option (article 7). The limits to freedom of expression and the definition of information that must not be rendered public are too loosely worded (article 42).In pratice, a permanent news blackout exists in Turkmenistan, which has for years been one of the last three countries in the Reporters Without Borders press index, alongside North Korea and Eritrea.The dangers are considerable for independent journalists who try to work clandestinely. Two, Sapardurdy Khadjiyev and Annakurban Amanklychev, have been held for more than six years in a prison in a desert area near the western city of Turkmenbashi. Ogulsapar Muradova, a woman journalist, died in detention in September 2006, almost certainly as a result of mistreatment.A Radio Azatlyk correspondent, Dovletmyrat Yazkuliyev, was sentenced to five years in prison on trumped-up charges in October 2011 before finally getting a presidential pardon a few weeks later. News December 18, 2020 Find out more TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Officers from department that killed Breonna Taylor hid at least 738,000 records of sexual assault

first_img“All that information still resides in the PIU (Professional Integrity Unit) case file and is available to the county attorney’s office,” Banta said in his June 6, 2019 email. The outlet then found that a little over two weeks after claiming the department had no records, Taylor found a “hidden folder” with about “9,000 documents.” This back and forth continued to find that hundreds of thousands of documents were found and deleted, including 9,700 folders with almost 738,000 documents’ worth of data.Not only did the city fail to prevent the sexual abuse of children, it failed to take action against the officers who committed this crime. Taylor left the county attorney’s office last March and now works in City Hall. She did not respond to requests for comment. While the LMPD also had no comment, Mayor Greg Fischer noted that the city had destroyed the records and that The Courier-Journal does not have to go to the FBI if the LMPD has them. “They have destroyed their ability to comply with the open records law, and they did it purposely, and they didn’t tell the truth about it,” he said. “They can’t require us to go elsewhere to get those documents.” – Advertisement – The Explorer program has since then been shut down. As the investigations continue and lawsuits remain pending, both Wood and Betts remain in prison following a guilty plea. Investigations by former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey found that the LMPD mishandled allegations of sexually abused minors and failed to determine if the abuse was widespread, resulting in Wood and Betts’ imprisonment.Wood was sentenced to 70 months in prison for attempted enticement of a teen in the youth mentoring program, and Brett was given 16 years on charges of child pornography and enticement, The Courier-Journal reported.Additionally, a third Louisville Metro Police officer was charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the department’s same program on Nov. 3. Officer Brad Schuhmann resigned from the department last week, according to WDRB. He is set to plead guilty on Nov.16. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Reporter Matt Glowicki filed requests for investigative files after officers Brandon Wood and Kenneth Betts were accused of sexually abusing youths in the Explorer program. In response, both the LMPD and Assistant Jefferson County Attorney Annale Taylor claimed that: “LMPD does not have possession or control of the records.” Additionally, they added that all materials have been removed from LMPD possession.But this statement was contradicted by Louisville Sgt. Robert Banta, who told Taylor in an email he could provide “any and all documents involved in the Explorer investigation up until April 1, 2017, when the federal investigation was initiated,” The Courier-Journal reported. – Advertisement – Schuhmann allegedly abused a girl in his police cruiser and sought sexual pictures and acts from her. Along with Betts and Wood, he is also accused in seven federal lawsuits of hiding evidence of his abuse by intimidation, destruction of evidence, deletion of information, and refusal to comply with the Kentucky Open Records Act, according to the lawsuits.“Over and over again, this is a police department that obfuscates and fails to remember it works for the taxpayers of Louisville and our commonwealth,” The Courier Journal’s Richard Green said. “We will continue to vigilantly pursue the truth and these records, which must be analyzed.“The Explorer case represents a total breakdown in trust between police and teens who had an interest in the law enforcement profession,” Green added. “To now dodge the public’s access to these documents speaks to an institutional disregard for the Open Records Act and the very residents LMPD is to serve and protect. My frustration with how it’s been handled only underscores our commitment to dig even deeper and hold those in power to account.”But this isn’t the only incident of sexual assault LMPD officers have committed. One of the officers involved in the tragic shooting of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, is being investigated for sexual assault following a lawsuit. Officer Brett Hankinson is one of the three officers who fired a weapon into Taylor’s home the night she died on March 13. While he was not charged in connection to Taylor’s death, Hankinson was fired and charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for “blindly” firing and endangering individuals in the neighboring apartment.According to the lawsuit, Margo Borders was “willfully, intentionally, painfully and violently” sexually assaulted by Hankison after he offered her a ride home from a bar in 2018. Borders initially publicly accused the former officer in a Facebook post on June 4, in which she called him a “predator of the worst kind.” She detailed her horrific story and the condition Hankison left her in.The suit was filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, attorneys for Taylor’s family, along with Steve Romines, an attorney for Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. The suit also includes comments from nine other women who claim either inappropriate conduct or sexual assault by Hankison.A second woman shared her story on Instagram of Hankison also giving her a ride home. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow. That is so nice of him,’” Terry wrote. “And willingly got in. He began making sexual advances towards me; rubbing my thigh, kissing my forehead, and calling me ‘baby.’ Mortified, I did not move. I continued to talk about my grad school experiences and ignored him. As soon as he pulled up to my apartment building, I got out of the car and ran to the back.” She added that despite the incident being reported the next day “nothing came from it.”Not only has the Louisville Metro Police Department failed to hold the officers who killed Taylor accountable for their actions, but they continue to hide the abuse their officers commit. These crimes and abuses cannot go unpunished and the department needs to be reevaluated. last_img read more