New Jersey Nonprofit Launches West Coast Chapter to Save More Lives through Mental-Health Education

first_img Top of the News In mid-November, several leaders of Princeton-based Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR™) will travel to Pasadena to establish a California chapter of its 100-percent volunteer, nonprofit organization and expand its mission of saving young people’s lives through education about mental health, related disorders and suicide prevention. The entourage will include AIR™ Co-Founders Tricia Baker and her daughter Katelyn; fellow AIR™ Board of Trustee members Judy Duff and Shauna Moses; and Laura Cerrito, a long-time AIR supporter and volunteer. In California, they will meet up with Jane Hightower, a nurse, mother and fellow fan of the popular TV program Supernatural, which served as the connection point for her and Tricia Baker.Hightower learned about AIR™ during Supernatural star Jared Padalecki’s Always Keep Fighting campaign last spring, which supports AIR™ and other organizations focused on improving mental health and preventing suicides. Hightower’s interest was generated by two suicides: one in her son’s middle school and one of a friend of her daughter’s.“There were a lot of rumors at the school that were to this day never addressed and my kids were scared and confused and I didn’t feel equipped to help them navigate everything they were feeling,” Hightower said. “My daughter’s friend was not a person who had ever expressed that he was struggling at all, so that compelled me to begin searching for answers for her. It was then that I learned about the whole movement to end stigma and I was moved to get involved in this fight,” she added.“I followed the Always Keep Fighting campaign closely so I knew that Jared Padalecki had chosen to support AIR™. I went to the websites of all of the organizations he said he was supporting at that time. I called Tricia to see if she would be willing to come out and talk to my kids’ school, and one thing led to another and we decided that California students need AIR™, too,” Hightower said.During the AIR™ co-founders and their fellow volunteers’ visit in California, an In Their Shoes™ exhibit will on display at Pasadena City College on November 12th. In this powerful display, the shoes have tags featuring statements representing thoughts youth may have when they have emotional or mental difficulties: for example, “Why can’t I be happy?”; “I don’t belong anywhere.”; “I can’t get out of bed most days.” The goal is to have 456 pairs of shoes in the exhibit to match the average number of individuals aged 10 to 24 years in California who die by suicide each year.In New Jersey, this number is 232 and AIR™ has an In Their Shoes™ exhibit consisting of 232 pairs of shoes. The display consistently draws attention and emotion, clearly achieving the goals of building empathy for youth who struggle and encouraging visitors to help their peers get help when needed, as well as to seek help for themselves when needed. “Stigma is the greatest barrier to people seeking help and our In Their Shoes™ exhibit is an effective tool for fighting stigma,” Tricia Baker said. “This is also a goal of our educational program, Coming Up for AIR™. We teach students the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and emphasize that these are real illnesses and if they experience any of the symptoms, they should not be embarrassed and they should get help as soon as possible.”The official California chapter launch event will be AIR’s™ Rally to Remember with music; guest speakers, including a representative from the Didi Hirsch Foundation, a local provider of mental health and substance abuse services; and a memorial candle lighting ceremony during which attendees will be invited to light candles in honor of loved ones who were lost too soon. The rally will be held at Paseo Colorado, 280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, on November 14, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. across the street from the Pasadena Convention Center where a Supernatural convention will be taking place earlier that day and throughout the weekend.In fact, the AIR™ group will also be exhibiting at the Supernatural convention, as they have done in several other states over the past couple of years and will continue to do so as part of maintaining and building on the support they have gained from Padalecki, his co-star Jensen Ackles and other actors from this popular TV show.Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR™) was established by Tricia, Kurt and Katelyn Baker of Plainsboro, NJ, in 2010, soon after their son/brother Kenny died by suicide following a long battle against severe depression and anxiety. Their mission is to save lives by educating students about mental health, related disorders and suicide prevention. Since January 2011, they have presented to more than 22,000 students in middle and high schools and colleges in New Jersey, New York and Vermont. AIR™ recently began offering Youth Mental Health First AID instruction. AIR™ includes the AIR Dogs: Paws for Minds™ program, bringing dogs into schools to help students de-stress and engage in the conversation about mental health. In addition, displaced dogs with the ability to serve as Emotional Support Dogs, are matched with individuals who have mental health disorders or developmental disabilities, thereby saving two lives with each match. For more information about AIR™, please visit or call (609) 945-3200. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. 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Limerick man’s bid to prevent mass murder

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick man’s bid to prevent mass murderBy admin – January 24, 2013 664 A LIMERICK businessman has met with a senior member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet to discuss the introduction of new gun technology to prevent mass shootings and make America a safer country. Robert McNamara from Rathkeale visited the White House last Friday and met US Attorney General Eric Holder to secure White House approval on his smart gun technology. Triggersmart Technology, founded by the Limerick entrepreneur, works by radio frequency and makes it impossible for anyone, other than the authorised gun owner, to pull the weapon’s trigger.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking from the US, Mr McNamara said he met with the US Attorney General at the White House while Vice President Joe Biden, who is said to be interested in the gun technology, was in the next room.Mr McNamara is to travel to the White House again in the coming weeks to try and finalise a possible deal to get his technology in the marketplace. If he receives White House approval, it could lead to one of the biggest business deals ever concluded by an Irish firm.Mr McNamara’s business partner, Pat O’Shaughnessy, from Newcastlewest, said: “It’s true we’re in talks with the White House. We’re hopeful but nothing has been signed off on yet.”“One of the recommendations in President Obama’s gun policy statement is that he wants to try and examine the existing and developing technologies and that is the part of the White House drive that we are involved in,” Mr O’Shaughnessy explained.Speaking from Georgia Tech in Athlone, Senior Engineer David McGuinness, who helped develop the Triggersmart technology, said: “Triggersmart came to us with the idea and we had the skills to develop it .”“There is an electronic reader on the firearm and the activator can be placed in a ring or a bracelet so when they both come into contact, the reader will identify the tag and the gun can be fired.”“The company were in the White House last Friday and they are currently in talks with investors”, Mr McGuinness said. Advertisement Print Twitter Linkedincenter_img Email Facebook Previous articleUlster Bank League Weekend Previews 26/1/13Next articleLimerick hurlers face Tipperary admin WhatsApplast_img read more

VIDEO: Yorkshire bakery saved from liquidation

first_imgAll 13 staff who were due to be laid off from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery in Darlington, County Durham, have retained their jobs following new investment.Olivia’s Artisan Bakery, which supplied hotels, restaurants and cafés across the north east, endured a miserable Christmas as liquidators stepped in after it fell into financial difficulty.However, a group of investors has now stepped in to buy the assets, re-employ the staff and create a new company called the Great Northern Bakehouse.The new business will concentrate on the wholesale market and will continue to operate from its Morton Park premises.“It’s great news and a great relief,” said head baker Ben Crackett. “It has been a difficult few months for all the staff at Olivia’s but everyone has been lifted by the new investment and we think the new company has a bright future.“We spent Christmas worrying about whether or not we were going to be out of a job but, thankfully, that will not now be the case.”Olivia’s had focused on the retail market, opening shops at a rapid rate in Northallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk, York and Gosforth, but it ran into cash flow problems, which forced its closure.Charles May, the senior investor in the Great Northern Bakehouse, said: “The retail side of the business got into difficulty, but the wholesale side always made a profit, so we’ll be putting all our energies into growing that over the coming months and years.”“The staff here have been outstanding during a difficult time, but they’re passionate about what they do and we are absolutely convinced about the quality of the breads and cakes that we make.“We’re proud that our breads contain no additives or chemicals. We already supply lots of businesses across the north east and Yorkshire, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, hotels, shops and even a local university. We think this business has an exciting future.”Managing director Ian Cross said the Great Northern Bakehouse would spend the first few months ensuring that core customers were happy with the quality and range of breads and cakes on offer: “Trying one of our breads is a different experience to eating some of the mass-produced stuff that is out there. We have big plans for the kind of breads we’re going to make in 2017 but, at this stage, we don’t want to give too much away.”last_img read more

Football faces uncertain future

first_imgFootball is officially back. I’ve waited for what seems to be an eternity to write those words. And while my excitement for the new season is at an all-time high, my enthusiasm for a sport I love has been greatly tarnished over the past offseason.It seems that at every level of football, collegiate or professional, there is some sort of conspiracy or cover-up.Take the NFL’s handling of Deflategate, for instance. After hiring “independent” investigator Ted Wells to conduct an investigation into the events of Deflategate, the NFL was able to conclude that Tom Brady may have known a ball boy deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game.It’s been almost eight months since the New England Patriots steamrolled the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, and there is still no resolution to the matter.Tom Brady has appealed, been denied by “impartial” judge Roger Goodell, and now sits in court awaiting a decision on his four-game suspension. Though the case has been in court for a few weeks, the judge has yet to come to a verdict. He expects to rule by the end of the week, but with this case, who knows?Deflategate is just one of the many situations the NFL has messed up over the past decade or so.In fact, you may have been so caught up in the Deflategate drama that you could have missed the trailer for Will Smith’s new movie, Concussion. The movie centers on the work of Bennet Omalu, a pathologist, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy after performing biopsies on several ex-NFL players.For those of you who are unaware of the NFL’s handling of concussions, it isn’t pretty. When Omalu went to the NFL to discuss his work, he was rebuffed repeatedly. The NFL basically discredited any work by any scientist that wasn’t paid by the league. Sound familiar, Ted Wells?The NFL eventually admitted that repeated head bashing was a serious problem in the league. After being sued by hundreds of former players, the league was mandated to set up a system to help retired players who suffered from CTE and other        brain-related diseases.Will Smith’s movie promises to bring light to the struggle that Omalu went through in getting his work recognized by the NFL. I was genuinely happy that finally the NFL would be exposed for mishandling a vital situation. After botching the Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and now Tom Brady cases, the NFL would have its unethical practices seen by millions of people.Or so I thought.While browsing through my Twitter feed on Wednesday morning, I came across a tweet from                       a fellow USC student.In his tweet, the student said that Sony altered the movie Concussion so they wouldn’t anger the NFL.After looking into the issue myself, I found that what Schwartz had said was true. According to emails leaked during the Sony hack, executives at the company, the director of the movie and representatives for Will Smith discussed ways to not antagonize the NFL, instead of focusing on telling the complete truth on the subject. Sony has since denied the allegations.If the NFL has the power of censorship now, there’s basically no stopping Roger Goodell and company from accomplishing anything they please.Its own players have slowly started turning against the league. During this past offseason, numerous players as young as 24 walked away from millions of dollars due to fears of their health and safety while playing football.Star 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland was the biggest name to walk away after just one year.When you have former players suing you and current players retiring over fear of health safety, you know you have a big problem on your hands. Instead of owning up to its mistakes, the NFL continues to look for ways to hide and cover up anything that will cast the league in a negative way.Until the NFL allows truly “independent” researchers and investigators to come in, there will be no progressive change.I, just like most of you reading this, will be watching college football this weekend and the NFL in a week’s time, despite all the wrong the NFL has done. And while the popularity of the sport has never been higher, football faces an uncertain future off the field.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Thursdays.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column “Beyond the Arc” runs Thursdays.last_img read more