More than 800 appointments at Limerick mental heatlhcare centre

first_imgWhatsApp Twitter Previous articleLimerick politicians accuse each other of speaking through their anatomiesNext articleAAA join the fight for ‘full equality’ in Limerick Alan Jacques Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCllr Daniel ButlerFine GaelHunt MuseumKrystian FikertlimerickMyMindMyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Krystian Fikert, MyMind, with Cllr Daniel Butler at the Hunt Museum for the first birthday of MyMind mental health service in Limerick.(Picture: Keith Wiseman)THE MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing has provided over 800 appointments to clients since opening its doors in Limerick last year.A not-for-profit provider of accessible mental health care in the community, MyMind is based at 66 O’Connell Street. In its first year, the Limerick hub has provided fast, affordable and accessible mental health services with 808 appointments recorded to date.Equipped with a team of psychotherapists and counsellors, MyMind provides counselling, wellbeing and psychotherapy services in more than ten languages either online, face-to-face or in the workplace.Charges are based upon employment status, allowing the unemployed or full-time students to access services at vastly reduced rates. In addition, revenue generated from full fee clients is reinvested, enabling MyMind to provide affordable services to all.New clients may self-refer and appointments are usually made within 72 hours of contact.“We are delighted to be celebrating our first year of providing high quality, low cost mental health care in Limerick, and are dedicated to growing and improving this service for many years to come,” said MyMind founder Krystian Fikert.“In Ireland, someone experiencing mental health issues may be faced with long waiting lists and costly private services. MyMind is working hard to fill this gap through a mental health service that is easily within everyone’s reach.”MyMind believes that early intervention is the most effective way to prevent mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress from turning into severe problems. By providing fast and easy access to services in the community, MyMind enables people to access supports for mental health problems early on.MyMind has impacted on more than 20,000 lives in Ireland since being set up in 2006.“Since we opened the Limerick centre , we have seen demand for our services grow rapidly, with more and more clients referring friends and family members to our centre. This shows just how much of a need there is for MyMind’s uniquely accessible service,” said Mr Fikert.Speaking at the MyMind’s first anniversary celebrations in the Hunt Museum this week, Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler hailed the mental health service as a “great attribute” to the city. He praised the quality of its service and said that by being located in the heart of the city centre, it “challenges the stigma around mental health”.“The conversation about mental health is growing. We are getting better at talking about it. We have accumulated the language and we now need to accumulate the understanding to start bridging that gap,” Cllr Butler commented.For more details on MyMind log onto NewsLocal NewsMore than 800 appointments at Limerick mental heatlhcare centreBy Alan Jacques – April 30, 2015 699 Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisementlast_img read more

House Could Vote to Impeach Trump Today

first_imgThe House Judiciary Committee will reconvene at 9 am Eastern and is expected to send the articles of impeachment to the full House of Representatives.The committee will vote separately on the two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.Trump is accused of abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival and then obstructing lawmakers by directing his administration to defy subpoenas. Before the final votes, the committee will consider potential amendments. Republicans are expected to flood the proceedings with numerous amendments. The impeachment articles on President Trump could come to a vote today as the House Judiciary Committee resumes their marathon mark-up session on the impeachment charges against the President this morning. Republicans are calling the impeachment “hot garbage.”last_img read more

Dow Breaks 29,000 Mark

first_imgThe new record high comes less than two months after it reached 28-thousand for the first time on November 15th. It continues a remarkable climb for the stock index of the 30 largest companies in America.The Dow crossed the 20-thousand point threshold about three years ago, on January 25th, 2017 after President Trump was elected. (New York, NY) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average has hit another record high. The Dow is soaring past the 29-thousand mark for the first time today. Dow 29000 in sight as fading Mideast tensions help to jolt stock market higher – MarketWatch #America— SmBizAmerica® (@SmBizAmerica) January 10, 2020 Some pessimistic economists warn that the stock market is not the economy. But hey, the new high is still great for your 401K. DOW 29000. Important to remember that the stock market is not the economy, and even less representative of the economy than in the past. The DOW and S&P more reflective of largest and most profitable companies than in the past, a concentration that has also undermined wage growth— Diane Swonk (@DianeSwonk) January 10, 2020last_img read more

Students Allowed to Return to PBG’s Benjamin School following Coronavirus Concerns

first_imgThe Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin school is allowing students and teachers to return to the campus after they were kept home for the past 3 days while awaiting test results from the CDC.The students and teachers returned to South Florida early from a conference at Yale because a student visiting from China got sick with the flu. The fear was that the students had been exposed to the deadly coronavirus.School administrators released the following statement Thursday morning:“Based on the most up to date information, including an overnight article in the New England Journal of Medicine, CDC guidelines, and consultations with local and state health officials as well as the lack of signs of illness amongst our returning students over the last 5 days since the potential exposure, we feel confident in allowing all to safely return to normal daily activities”last_img read more

Police: Palm Beach County Teacher Asked Underage Student for Sex

first_imgOfficials with the Palm Beach County School District Police Department say a teacher is under arrest and accused of asking a teenage student if she wanted to have sex with him.According to the arrest report, 51-year-old Dean James is a vocational and business education teacher.A 16-year-old student told police that James kept her after class on Nov. 21 of last year and asked her, “Do you want to have sex with me?”The student says she replied, “No.” She also claims that James touched her shoulder, which she pushed away before leaving the classroom.In addition, the teen told authorities she was not comfortable talking with James due to comments he had previously made to her.She recorded their phone conversation.A detective listened to the recording and heard the teacher ask the student, “Do you want me to touch you?”James apologized and said, “I shouldn’t have said that, I’m sorry,” the arrest report states.When police interviewed James the day after the classroom incident, he told them the student has a discipline problem and “he has been planning to have her removed from his class because she yells out, dances around, twerks, facetimes her boyfriend, as well as other disruptive behaviors.”His arrest report adds that when police asked James what his intentions were when he asked the girl, “Do you want to have sex?” he replied that “he was trying to warn her [REDACTED] about her behavior. He said he was not trying to be with her, he was asking her why she was behaving the way she was. He said he was trying to understand if she was trying to have sex with him.”James claims that he never touched the student.However, he later admitted to police that he was attracted to the 16-year-old, and she was allegedly attracted to him.“He admitted that he was attracted to her, and asked her if she wanted to have sex. He admitted that he thought about meeting with her outside of school for dinner and that he asked her if she wanted to do that,” the arrest report explains.The arrest report goes on to say that James called the student to his desk a week before and asked her out to dinner, as well as information about where she lives.On Nov. 18, James told the teen, “You’re getting fat, what you been doing? Have you been having sex?” the arrest report continues.School district police determined after a lengthy investigation that “Dean James solicited the victim for sexual conduct, for a relationship of a romantic nature, and for lewd conduct.”James was arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday for an offense against a student by an authority figure. He bonded out a few hours later.The School District says he has been employed there since Feb. 14, 2018.A spokesperson adds that James was reassigned to a position that does not have any contact with children during the investigation.last_img read more

Watch: SC Braga announce Rui Fonte using brilliant ‘Friends’ intro video

first_imgAdvertisement 5gxw1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsyr8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2jbq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) u19yWould you ever consider trying this?😱nyeCan your students do this? 🌚9qm348Roller skating! Powered by Firework In the modern era of social media and crazy football transfer stories, a perfect juxtaposition of the two aspects were manifested in FC Braga’s latest signing announcement.Advertisement Rui Fonte, the brother of more popular Jose Fonte returned to homeland club Braga in Portugal. After decent spells in Fulham and Lille, teh 29 year old right winger chose to return back home for his conclusive days in professional football.Advertisement His signing announcement is perhaps one of the best transfer announcement videos in the recent years and offers a highly refreshing take to a player returning back home.Right out of the 90’s , Braga have culminated the popular TV show FRIENDS’ theme song with the signing footage.Rui Fonte is definitely cherished in his hometown! They’ll be there for each other , even when the rain starts to pour. Advertisementlast_img read more

New Plans for An Old Church in Holmdel

first_imgThe Holmdel Historical Society researches, preserves, and interprets the history and architectural history of the town, one of the oldest European settlement sites in Monmouth County. The society acquired a number of artifacts when longtime township resident Helen Maher passed away in 2010. Among its holdings are an ancient printing press (origin unknown), historic portraits of local residents (Dr. Cooke), signs of World War II vintage (“Defense Council Control Center”), and other bric-a-brac.The restoration of St. Catharine’s is the society’s primary 2017 goal. Volunteers for the cleanup on Feb. 15, and potential new members can contact [email protected], or visit the group’s website at Rhonda Beck-Edwards can be reached directly at 732-685-4450. “I personally like refurbishing old things,” says Maneri who has a background in home repairs. On Feb. 15, the society will be ready for volunteers with paint, hats, masks and gloves. “We just need people to help us prep the wall panels and paint them white for our spring events. We’ll provide pizza for the workers, and maybe a tent where we can sort through and organize everything.”In 1879, Father Michael L. Glennon put up the 25 by 75 foot church in what was then known as the Morrisville section of Holmdel during just nine months in 1879. Ordained a priest just two years before, Fr. Glennon was living at St. James Parish in Red Bank while construction was underway, and as Beck-Edwards tells it “He would leave Red Bank on Sunday mornings, get on a horse named Sabbath, and ride to Holmdel in rain, snow, sleet, and ice. He never missed saying a Mass here.”It’s unclear why this Irish immigrant cleric dedicated his church to St. Catharine of Genoa in Italy. The new wooden structure seated about 100 people under its slate roof which today remains mostly intact, with a few shingles falling off from time to time. The still well-preserved wooden altar rail was ornately carved, as was the marble altar. The altar adorned the sanctuary such that the officiating priests did not face the congregation during Mass. Most of the Old St. Catharine’s time as an active Catholic Church was before the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in 1959 when the old Latin rituals were still observed. In May of 1975, two years after the newer St. Catharine’s was dedicated at a location between Middletown Road and Crawfords Corner Road, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Trenton gave the church and property to the Holmdel Historical Society for a dollar.Shows the entire building with new housing in background.Unique to a small church, Old St. Catharine’s has three large ornamental glass stars built into the tongue and groove bead board ceiling. The metal hooks for the chains of suspended gas chandeliers still protrude from the centers of those stars. The thirteen cracked stained glass windows were added in 1914. Though a few small panels are missing, given enough money, they’re perfectly restorable. The choir loft accommodated an organ and a dozen or so members. The loft will need some work as well. Story and photos by Rick GeffkenHOLMDEL – Old St. Catharine’s Church at 84 Stillwell Road, built in 1879, is going to get some TLC.On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the 30 members of the newly revitalized Holmdel Historical Society will hold a Volunteer Cleanup Day from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in an effort to spruce up the building’s weathered appearance.President Peter Maneri, Vice President Sylvia Allen, and Treasurer Rhonda Beck-Edwards are excited about restoring the long-neglected church. “It’s a lot more work than we thought it would be,” said Beck-Edwards, “but well worth preserving our history.”Beck-Edwards and Maneri, both Holmdel residents who are agent partners for Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate, often finish each other’s sentences when they talk about the township’s first Roman Catholic Church.After being empty of parishioners for years, the vacant building became infested with small rodents and other animals. The building’s century-and-a-half foundation sagged, and the vagaries of weather did the usual damage. Maneri says they’ll need to raise funds to raise the church before they put a new foundation under it, and a new “box beam” to strengthen it. The society hopes to have a special collection for their restoration efforts taken up at the successor St. Catharine’s Church nearby on Middletown Road in the near future.last_img read more

TIP task force to introduce SOPs for prosecution of offenders

first_imgThe Ministerial Task Force for Trafficking in Persons has announced actions to launch Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the prosecution of persons associated with this offence, to ensure that the best practices are upheld.Guyana Times understands that this involves interviewing both victims and suspects and investigating the crime with the intention of preserving evidence and building stronger cases. In what was described as “modern slavery”, the TIP Act denotes the offence as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons by means of threat or use of force”.Through the task force, agencies under the Public Security Ministry have been monitoring the frequency of such cases and implementing strategies to curb this issue. It was noted that the subvention to Non-Governmental Organisations was increased and additional facilities for males were created.“The Ministry of Social Protection has increased its subventions to Non-Governmental Organisations that manage victim care facilities, to ensure the protection and safety of victims and to guarantee that they are given the necessary counselling and other resources to move forward with their lives.  It has also increased overall, the number of care facilities, adding transitional facilities, and creating a space for male victims.”One of these organisations is the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO), which has been helpful in identifying trafficking in the mining communities.In the US State Department’s annual TIP Report for 2017, Guyana was elevated as a tier one status, which it retained in 2018.  This indicates that the country meets the minimum standard for eliminating human trafficking along with increased funding to assist victims.However, Women’s Rights Activist, Karen De Souza had recently positioned that the country lacks the institutional capacity to assist victims of human trafficking.The outspoken activist stated that financial and human resources are the most important aspects in building capability to effectively support persons who are liberated from trafficking rings. For her, those resources are still lacking to ensure that these laws are upheld.“There are a number of areas that needs to be looked at more closely in relation to implementation of the law that exist and the resources also have to be provided for the full implementation of the law, as in how do you support a person that has been trafficked to retake their lives and put things together for a person to become a free, functioning and emotionally secure human being? I’m saying we don’t have all those resources at the moment.”last_img read more

Partnering for better SA schools

first_img21 September 2010 Industry and community leaders have been called on to become partners in the School at the Centre of Community project ([email protected]), which tackles educational challenges in South Africa. The project is an initiative of Symphonia for South Africa, a company focused on developing leadership skills and the capacity of leaders in the country. [email protected] project manager James Eckley said: “Business and community leaders are not asked to just give money to schools to solve educational challenges, but are asked to be actively involved in seeking solutions.” The project came about when Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, looked at the challenges facing disadvantaged schools in South Africa and realised that education has to be a national priority, not just for government. The cost of participating in the year-long leadership and educational programme is R30 000 (US$4 000) and covers the cost of training sessions, coaching and support for the school. This could be paid for by the participant’s employer or a sponsoring organisation. Participation is not limited to business leaders – ordinary people who feel passionate about a school can also take part if they have the funds. The cost covers leadership courses for the participating individual and the chosen school’s principal, and community engagement programmes and seminars that address ways the school and the community can work together to get the best results out of their pupils. Brian O’Connell, rector and vice-chancellor at the University of the Western Cape, said: “It is clear that we all underestimate just how deeply our history has hurt people and institutions, but if our country is to have any chance of transcending that hurt and if our people are to take full ownership of our future, then our schools must lead the way.” O’Connell is one of the [email protected] project endorsers.Partners for possibility Community and business leaders are urged to use their experiences and connections when they partner with principals of their desired school. It is hoped that this will help identify community projects that benefit both the school and surrounding community. Leaders will take up the role of Partner for Possibility (PfP). This is not a mentorship role, but rather becoming a “thinking partner” of the school’s principal, helping him or her find suitable solutions for the school and community’s challenges. Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, said: “Being Ridwan’s partner was without any doubt the most powerful leadership development experience that I have ever participated in. It was, for me, more powerful than doing an MBA or a Doctorate.” Van Rhyn was the PfP at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The school principal is Ridwan Samodien. Van Rhyn added that being the PfP taught her valuable lessons about a community she was detached from. “If all industry leaders were to experience this, it would be the beginning of the strengthening of South Africa’s societal fabric,” she said. Activities for each school and community will be unique to the needs of both parties. “[email protected] appeals to all South Africans to become citizens and to become actively involved in the education of our children. Education is the key to securing a bright future for all our children,” said Samodien.Schools already part of the initiative There are already a number of schools and communities that have already benefited from this project. There are nine schools in Cape Town, four in Durban and 10 in Johannesburg. These include John Ramsay in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town; Rippon Road Primary in Sydenham, Durban; and Bovet Primary in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Sanlam, Nedbank Business Banking, Metropolitan Foundation, Aurecon, Hollard, Murray & Roberts and Gijima People Development are some of the companies involved in the project.Benefits of the [email protected] Everyone from the organisation sponsoring the PfP, to the PfP, the school, pupils, and principal gain something from the project The school will particularly benefit from the exposure to the company sponsoring the PfP. Eckley said: “The PfPs spend a year working with the school and most cannot detach themselves from the school after that. Most of them stay on as the company usually ends up investing in infrastructure development at the school or sponsoring school events.” Due to increased involvement from parents, the community and teachers, pupils usually become more proactive in their studies. A principal’s job of running a school is also made easier as he or she is able to identify what it is the pupils and community need to make the institution more effective. Through greater participation in the school’s activities, the surrounding community gains a sense of belonging and relationships between individuals improve. PfPs and the organisations they represent will learn a lot about themselves and their problem-solving capabilities outside their usual environment. reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more