Arbor Bend begins a new era in South Apopka

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here “The 58 homes represent a major investment in the South Apopka community, a seed of hope, if you will, for future economic success,” Kilsheimer said. We have to water and feed that seed with more economic development, more investment and more jobs for this community. All of these are successes will beget more success. But make no mistake. The work to revitalize South Apopka and make it a thriving, vibrant and economically successful community is just beginning. It’s going to take all of us: Orange County, the City of Apopka and all of our community partners to continue the work that is beginning here today. But if today’s ceremony is any indication, it is clear that we are finally moving in the right direction.”Perhaps the person most passionate about this project is Apopka Commissioner Billie Dean, who has championed the South Apopka effort for decades.“It’s a God sent endeavor to do something on this side of the city,” Dean said.  Affordable housing in South Apopka is what I have been fighting for as long as I’ve been a commissioner. Habitat taking the reins is just what we need.”Look over there,” he said pointing across the street past Juniper and Arbor Bend.” You see those houses? My wife and I built those homes. Beautiful 2-bedroom duplexes, 21 of them we built. Back in the 80’s. For decades I have been calling for this. This has been necessary for decades. I have been asking for this type of project well into the previous administration. This is a godsend for this community. They called it the Graveyard Quarters because of all the shacks they built right next to the graveyard. But no more.”And for Boykin, Dean and those 58 future residents of Arbor and Juniper Bend, this community might go from the Graveyard Quarters to 15 acres of Heaven in South Apopka. TAGSHabitat for Humanity Previous articleDUI Saturation Patrols will be in force this weekendNext articlePublix tops list in Customer Experience rankings Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 A dream that is over 10 years in the making to bring 58 affordable homes to South Apopka is a few shovels of dirt closer to completion.About 200 Apopka residents, elected officials, community leaders, volunteers and staff from Orange County Government, Homes in Partnership (HIP), Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando braved a cold and windy morning to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for Arbor Bend (a 34-home community) and its sister development Juniper Bend (a 24-home community).“This housing project may very well be the biggest thing that has ever happened in the South Apopka community from an economic development standpoint,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, who spoke at the event. “Indeed, in my opinion, we are standing on the brink of a turning point for this community the likes of which we have never seen before.”Penny Seater, the Executive Director for the Seminole County/Greater Apopka Habitat for Humanity, explained why at a Townhall for Homes meeting held at the John Bridges Center in South Apopka last month.Mayor Kilsheimer: “We are standing on the brink of a turning point for this community the likes of which we have never seen before.”“In the greater Apopka area, 16% of families live below the poverty line,” she said. “And 62% are spending up to 50% of their income on housing. The average 2-bedroom apartment in Apopka costs $1,000. On minimum wage, a person would have to work two and a half jobs to manage that cost. In some cases, they have to decide between groceries and prescription drugs. Saving for a down payment is out of the question.”Seater went on to explain that homeowners are healthier, more stable, and their children are more likely to graduate high school and go to college.“No matter who you are or where you come from you deserve a good life. Every one of us deserves a better opportunity.”And 58 families in South Apopka are visually closer to that opportunity.Apopka historian and South Apopka resident Francina Boykin captured the moment in song and emotion.“I am not forgottenI am not forgottenI am not forgottenGod knows my name.He knows my name.”“Welcome to MY neighborhood!” Boykin boomed in a victorious voice after singing the first few verses of the age-old hymn. “I was born just a few blocks from here. This area was once known as the Graveyard Quarters. But now it will be called Arbor Bend and Juniper Bend.  Some people say put up or shut up. Habitat puts up.”The two projects will account for a 58-home community that will be developed in South Apopka located near 13th Street and Washington Avenue.  This development represents a joint effort between Orange County Government, Homes in Partnership (HIP), Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando.Francina Boykin: “Some people say put up or shut up. Habitat puts up.”The site location was previously known as Hawthorne Village Apartments, an 84-unit farmworker complex located on 12 acres that had become dilapidated. In 2003, the title to the property was transferred from the Orlando Housing Authority to HIP.  Engineering assessments determined that it would be cost prohibitive to renovate the complex.  In 2006, HIP demolished the building on the property and began the process of redevelopment.  The organization held community meetings to develop a vision based on community input.  The result of which was the concept of affordable, single-family homes.The approximate size of the houses will be 1,079 to 1,510 square feet and will be anywhere from three to five bedrooms with one to two baths.  The fair market value of the homes will be around $140,000 to $154,000. There are certain eligibility requirements that homebuyers must meet to qualify for this program. Homebuyer income must be 30% to 80% of the median income for the Orlando Metropolitan Area.  Also, homebuyers must complete 200 to 400 hours of “sweat equity,” complete homebuyer education classes, have no more than $2,000 in collections, and be able to save $3,000 for closing costs. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

New Chief Executive at Arts & Business Scotland

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: arts Arts & Business Management Recruitment / people Scotland Howard Lake | 24 January 2013 | News New Chief Executive at Arts & Business Scotlandcenter_img  38 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis David Watt has been appointed as the new Chief Executive at Arts & Business Scotland, succeeding Barclay Price who is retiring. He joins from the Glasgow Sculpture Studios where he is Director.At Glasgow Sculpture Studios he led a successful capital appeal, creating partnerships with the corporate, public and arts sectors. The result was The Whisky Bond, a new home for the Studios at Spiers Locks, close to the National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Opera and The Glue Factory.Watt will take up the post at the end of April. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Texas Independence Day

first_imgReddIt Facebook Twitter Elizabeth Campbell Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Elizabeth Campbell + posts Elizabeth Campbell CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Elizabeth Campbell WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Linkedincenter_img Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare printThe eyes of Texas have been upon you, for 180 years.Today is the anniversary of when Texas declared it’s independence from Mexico during the Texas Revolution.TexasCreate your own infographicsWhile the nation of Texas only lasted nine years, many Texans still shared their pride today on Twitter. Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Facebook Previous articleEarning your stripes: a look at intramural referee trainingNext articleRace for Tarrant County Sheriff to go to runoff Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Elizabeth Campbell Linkedin Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Housing still limited after construction of new residence halls

first_imgprintRichards Hall, a brand new residence hall, opened its doors to students for the first time this semester. Photo by Heesoo Yang.Finding on-campus housing for students is becoming more difficult as the number of incoming first-year students continues to increase. Even though new residence halls have been built to accommodate students, some still find themselves living in forced triples and lounges converted into bedrooms.Craig Allen, the director of housing and residence life, said cramped housing situations happen because more students enrolled into the university than were expected. The 2018 first-year class had nearly 2,200 students, more than TCU’s estimation of 2,000-2,050 students, according to TCU Housing and Residence Life.“Last year, we had a lot of students living in triples and lounges that we hadn’t planned for,” Allen said. “This year we planned for 2,160 freshmen and there are 2,159 freshmen.” Even with a closer estimate this semester, Allen said many students are still living in triples and converted lounges because of how large last year’s first-year class was. Allen said three hundred beds were added to Richards and Arnold Halls to accommodate sophomores, but that still doesn’t provide relief.While space is limited, some first-year students have found ways to make the living situation work. First-year student Alex Caron said living in a triple can create some space constraints, but it’s not a huge problem as long as you create clear boundaries. A standard triple courtesy in Waits Hall. Photo courtesy of Alex Caron.“One of the most important aspects to making the living situation work is just being courteous of your roommates’ schedules and personal space,” Caron said. Unlike most universities, TCU requires both first and second-year students to live on campus.Requiring two years of on-campus living creates some problems for the students in triples and lounges, but Allen said he believes the positives outweigh the negatives. “Our retention is very good from freshman to sophomore year,” Allen said. “There are a lot of reasons why we want to keep students involved and connected to the institution. It just makes sense.”Rachel Nguyen, a sophomore at TCU, said she has enjoyed living on campus because of the added benefits.“As a sophomore, I think it’s kind of nice because you don’t have to worry about rent, appliances and living on your own,” Nguyen said. Another perk to living on campus is the fact that off-campus housing can oftentimes be more expensive, according to Allen, who collects data from local apartment complexes and houses available for rent. “A low estimate is about $1,200 per month, and that doesn’t include utilities and other things. I could probably say that $1,400 is more accurate,” Allen said. TCU housing is still limited, but Allen said there are currently no plans to build more residence halls.  Twitter TAGSHousing and residence life Yulissa Cortina Richards Hall. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Students approve all proposed changes to SGA’s constitution What we’re reading: Chilean protests continue in Santiago Twitter ULA gives college advice​ to local high schoolers Yulissa Cortina Yulissa Cortina TCU celebrates first-generation students Previous articleProgress continues on DEI implementationNext articleVolleyball swept at SMU Yulissa Cortina RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Yulissa Cortina ReddIt Yulissa Cortina Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddItlast_img read more

Seven organisations call on the Slovenian government to stop harassing an investigative journalist

first_imgNews Mr. Zgaga now fears for his life after the declarations made by your Government’s supporters, likening him to an enemy of the State. RSF_en News Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders Unfortunately, this attack was not isolated, as another SDS-owned media, weekly magazine Demokracija, joined the smear campaign against Mr. Zgaga by publishing the same article and targeting him simply for exercising his journalistic activity. Finally – and even worse -, anonymous internet users are now threatening him with death, saying « he must literally be shot! ». Index on Censorship Instead of getting a standard response, his request was met with a preoccupying retweet from the official account of this very same Crisis Headquarters, which declared Mr. Zgaga part of a group of « 4 patients who escaped from quarantine », adding that these four patients had « a Covid-Marx/Lenin virus », as an exaggerated and allusive way to mention Mr. Zgaga’s criticism of the far-right ruling party, Slovenska demokratska stranka (SDS). Sincerely, SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Slovenian investigative journalist and correspondent of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Blaž Zaga has been targeted by a hate campaign fueled by the government on social networks and in the media since he sent an official Freedom of Information Request on the COVID-19 pandemic to the authorities in Ljubljana. In a letter addressed to the Minister of Interior Aleš Hojs on Monday 23 March, RSF voices its concern regarding the security of the journalist. In the absence of a response from the authorities, RSF has decided to make this correspondence public. The inquiry has been co-signed by six other international organisations defending press freedom. The common letter calls on the Slovenian government to grant journalists their right to report on the sanitary crisis freely and independently, but also to guarantee them an open access to information. International Press Institute (IPI) European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) Dear Mr. Minister,  SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Mr. Zgaga is a best-selling author and a distinguished journalist, who has worked for Slovenia’s main dailies and whose articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Observer, USA Today, The Globe as well as many other renowned newspapers. He also happens to be a member of the prestigious International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and has been awarded several journalistic distinctions for his work, including a New York Press Club Award for Journalism, reflecting the quality and seriousness of his activity, as well as his work ethic. Next year, Slovenia will be holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December. Your country will be under great scrutiny ahead of and during this presidency. We therefore call on your government to ensure that freedoms of expression and information, which are protected by the EU Charter of Fundamental rights, are respected. June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Slovenia World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)center_img News  To the attention of Mr. Aleš Hojs, Minister of the Interior Republic of Slovenia March 27, 2020 Seven organisations call on the Slovenian government to stop harassing an investigative journalist Receive email alerts with co-signatories: Re: Request of intervention for Slovenian journalist threatened with death by right-wing groups  May 21, 2021 Find out more Despite the particular context in which Slovenia and other countries currently find themselves, State authorities should not use the Covid-19 crisis as an excuse to prevent journalists from doing their work. Journalistic reporting is vital for our societies, especially at this time, in the midst of a health crisis where false information is spread very quickly. Your government has a responsibility to protect the press and to ensure journalists their right to report freely and independently, but also a duty to guarantee journalists an open access to information. ARTICLE 19 News to go further Blaž Zgaga / Photo : Tomislav Čuveljak Free Press Unlimited (FPU) In addition to this defamatory attack, the SDS-owned media Nova24TV initiated a smear campaign against the journalist, after he had sent his freedom of information request, with an article depicting him as a « (pseudo-) journalist of the deep State (…) fearful of losing (his) privileges ». We respectfully urge you to do everything in your power to guarantee Mr. Zgaga’s safety and to ensure the death threats and attacks against him are treated with the utmost seriousness by the Slovenian police, in order for his journalistic activity to continue without him having to fear for his life. Mr. Zgaga has received death threats following a freedom of information request he rightfully addressed to the Government’s Secretary-general in order to get information on the functioning and structure of the newly founded Crisis Headquarters of the Republic of Slovenia (Krizni štab Republike Slovenije), in charge of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic. Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia I write to you regarding the situation of Mr. Blaž Zgaga, a Slovenian freelance investigative journalist based in Ljubljana.                                                                                               23 March 2020  Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media March 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

23 days to go before presidential election: opposition paper may be forced to close

first_imgNews May 27, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today accused Belarusian authorities of using an opposition paper’s printing of some of the controversial Mohammed cartoons as an excuse to try to close it down.The Minsk state prosecutor began legal action on 22 February against the opposition weekly Zhoda for “incitement to religious hatred” (article 130 of the criminal code), which is punishable by a fine or up to five years in prison. “The cartoons controversy has come at a good time for President Alexander Lukashenko and his unjustified and deplorable move is just a way to attack the paper, which backs the Social Democratic Party of Alexander Kazulin, one of his main rivals in next month’s presidential election,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The paper has already been hounded by the authorities and it will probably now be forced to close before the elections.” KGB secret police searched the paper’s premises on 22 February and seized four computers. Editor Alexei Korol and his deputy, Alexander Sdvizhkov, were interrogated at KGB offices for several hours. Sdvizhkov told Reporters Without Borders that the move by the authorities was politically-inspired, using the publication of the cartoons on 17 February as an excuse to try to shut down the paper.The foreign ministry said it condemned “any action that could stir up religious hatred” or cause friction between the country’s religious and ethnic minorities.Zhoda has been routinely hounded for several months by the authorities, who have made searches, confiscated computers and even ordered the post office to break off its contract with the paper to handle subscription copies.The Mohammed cartoons, first published in a Danish paper last September, have caused many strong protests around the world, but none of the minorities in Belarus has protested against them. Muslims are less than 1% of the country’s population. BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information to go further News Organisation center_img Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus February 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 23 days to go before presidential election: opposition paper may be forced to closelast_img read more

Global Passenger Information System Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Analysis –…

first_img Twitter Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Facebook DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 29, 2021– The “Passenger Information System Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Component, Location, Mode of Transportation, and Functional Model” report has been added to’s offering. According to this report the global passenger information system market was valued at US$ 19,314.66 million in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 45,717.11 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% during 2020-2027. The report highlights key driving factors and prominent market players along with their developments in the market. Passenger information system acts as the secured link between a transit agency or authorities and passengers, providing and dispersing the significant information needed for each of its end user. Such systems record and track down the necessary data related to real-time vehicle locations, current status updates, tentative journey schedules, and much more. Therefore, the important information reaches quickly without any defaults or changes to end user; hence such systems hold significance across the world. Passenger information system deploys the use of several interconnected devices, installed on platform or depots or any mode of transportation. They manage data and deliver reliable and accurate real-time transit information, which is significantly promoting the growth of passenger information system market. The COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdown measures implemented to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus are limiting the supplies of technology, media, and telecommunication solutions and services, which represents a significant loss for passenger information system companies. Reasons to Buy:Highlights key business priorities to assist companies realign their business strategies.Features key findings and crucial progressive industry trends in the global Passenger Information System market, thereby allowing players to develop effective long-term strategies.Develops/modifies business expansion plans by using substantial growth offering from developed and emerging markets.Scrutinizes in-depth market trends as well as key market drivers and restraints.Enhances the decision-making process by understanding the strategies that underpin commercial interest with respect to products, segmentation, and industry verticals. Market Dynamics DriversRising Focus over Consistent, Real-Time, and Reliable Passenger InformationRising Frequency of Passenger Journey Through Public Transport RestraintsLack of Advanced Infrastructure along with High Costs Associated with PIS OpportunitiesIncreasing adoption of IoT and big data to enhance passenger travel experiences Future TrendsAdoption of Advanced Passenger Information System for Border Security and Control Companies MentionedAlstomCisco Systems Inc.Cubic CorporationDysten Sp. z o.o.Hitachi, LtdHuawei Technologies Co., LtdSingapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.Teleste CorporationThales GroupWabtec Corporation For more information about this report visit View source version on CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORTATION TRAVEL DATA MANAGEMENT SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/29/2021 06:58 AM/DISC: 01/29/2021 06:57 AM Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img TAGS  Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleOutlook on the Viral Antigens Global Market to 2027 – by Component, Technique, End-user and Geography – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleDrive Shack Inc. Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – January 29, 2021 Global Passenger Information System Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Analysis – ResearchAndMarkets.comlast_img read more

Garda acussed of harassing two women given time to engage with Mental Health…

first_img Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – July 16, 2014 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMc Hugh’s lack of Irish challenged in Dail as protests are planned for Dublin and GweedoreNext articleJason Quigley to fight on Brook/Porter undercard on August 16 News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire A suspended Garda who was due to enter a plea today on charges of harassing two women has had his case put back to allow him engage with mental health services.38 year old Donal Maguire with a former address at Millbrook Avenue in Kilbarrack, Dublin is now living with his mother in Co Donegal.He is accused of harassing one woman at the Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin and at Tesco in Clarehall on dates in 2012 and 2013.The father of four allegedly harassed another woman at North Great Clarence Street earlier this year.He’ll be arraigned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on October 20th. Garda acussed of harassing two women given time to engage with Mental Health Services Google+ Pinterest News Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

Working minds

first_img Comments are closed. Working mindsOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today One in four people will experience some kind of mentalhealth problem in the course of a year and they are likely to face prejudiceand discrimination at work. It is time to lift the lid on one of society’s lasttaboos, by Greta Thornbory The first conclusions from the document Working Minds: Attitudes on MentalHealth in the Workplace1 state: “There is very low awareness andunderstanding of mental health, its symptoms and causes, and how it can orshould be handled in workplace situations.” One presumes it means mentalill health! The Mental Health Foundation2 says that one in four people will experiencesome kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, and according tothe Department of Health3 a quarter of all the drugs prescribed in the NHS arefor mental health problems. It goes without saying, therefore, that if the workforce of the UKrepresents half the population, then the state of the mental health of theworkforce must have some impact in the workplace. Common mental health problems include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia,dementia, alcohol and drug misuse and eating disorders1. This articleendeavours to explore how mental ill health is regarded in the workplace, howit is dealt with and how mental well- being can be improved through workplacehealth promotion. Mental disability When disability is mentioned what does it conjure up in your mind? Generallyone sees a wheelchair and a physical disability, yet the DisabilityDiscrimination Act 19954 covers mental disability and is quite clear in itsdefinitions of what constitutes mental disability: “mental impairmentincluding learning disabilities and mental illness (if it is recognised by arespected body of medical opinion)”. The DDA seeks to end unfair discrimination against disabled people and thatincludes those with a history of mental illness, yet there are endless storiesfrom employees and prospective employees who have experienced discriminationbecause of mental health problems. The Department of Health’s Mind Out for Mental Health campaign is working withpartners across all sectors to combat this stigma and discrimination. WorkingMinds is the employer programme for this campaign and the Industrial Society –now known as The Work Foundation, undertook the research as part of the MindOut for Mental Health initiative. The Working Minds research In its research, Working Minds1 says that it aims to lift the lid on one ofsociety’s last taboos – the attitudes, practices and prejudices that lead towidespread discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of mental health. This research, undertaken in early 2001, included quantitative andqualitative studies. The qualitative study took the form of focus groups withemployees and, separately, with managers. The quantitative survey sentquestionnaires to 500 human resources and personnel managers and had a 13.8 percent response rate, and to 1,000 opinion-formers and received an 8.5 per centresponse rate. The researchers admit that this methodology is neithercomprehensive nor scientific, but they were confident that the approach was”robust and fair”. Unfortunately, the research has not beensufficiently widely promulgated to have had any great impact on employers, letalone the workforce. Working Minds is working in partnership with employers to help bring aboutpositive changes in workplace policy and practice on mental health. Moreinformation on this initiative is available at Here, and inthe Working Minds research document1 you can read about the employmentexperiences of, and discrimination against, many people suffering from, or witha history of mental illness. Examples of attitudes towards people with mental health problems include thebelief that – They will be dangerous and unpredictable – They will never recover – They will never be able to contribute fully – They have problems communicating – Some mental health problems are self-inflicted The way in which the media presents and reports on issues compounds thesemisconceptions. Employer partnerships The Working Minds initiative and the Mind Out for Mental Health campaignencourage partnerships with employers. Their website lists partnerships with anumber of mainly mental health-related, charities. However, there appear to beonly four companies that have signed up to this initiative, one of which isMarks & Spencer – the only organisation to mention the involvement of itsoccupational health service. The Working Minds research1 concludes that employees appear to lackconfidence in the ability and specialist expertise of their human resources,personnel or OH services to handle mental health problems. It seems that thereis a great deal to be done by these departments in developing knowledge, skillsand competence in handling mental health issues. The HSE has addressed this problem by producing a resource pack formanagement training and development on mental wellbeing in the workplace5. Theresource pack emphasises that the “mental health spectrum” is animportant concept to comprehend. At one end of the spectrum exists mentalwellbeing; a mental health dimension conducive to growth and development. Thespectrum moves across into the mental ill-health bracket, through social,behavioural and biomedical conditions and then ultimately at the opposite endinto the more rare severe mental illnesses, such as psychosis, which, it says,affects only about 1 per cent to 2 per cent of the population. Hence themajority of mental ill health problems to be found in the workplace will bethose at the centre of the spectrum and therefore generally of a moderatenature. Even so, they may have a disastrous effect on the individual, as wellas the workplace. Workplace stress The most common mental health problem encountered in the workplace isanxiety, which causes distress and is known as ‘stress’. The HSE6 definesstress as: “The reaction that people have to excessive pressure or other types ofdemand placed upon them. It arises when people worry that they cannotcope.” Stress manifests itself in both physical and behavioural effects that mayresult in sickness absence. Once the stress is relieved or reduced, thephysical and behavioural effects disappear. It is only when stress continues for a long period without relief that theremay be long-term and long-lasting damage to health. The main problem withstress is that there is no way of knowing what level each individual cantolerate. See Figure 1. What is known1, 5-7 is what causes the physical and behavioural changesassociated with stress. Fingret and Smith7 suggest that individual characteristicssuch as genetic factors, poor parental models, personality, quality of socialsupport, past experiences and lastly, the amount of control one has over life,all influence the likelihood of suffering from a stress-related condition.However, along with the HSE5 and Arnold et al7 they also suggest a number ofworkplace factors that affect the individual. Financial consequences Figure 2 shows that there are a number of organisational symptoms that causecompanies a huge financial loss. A CBI/DOH survey in 19917 estimated that 30per cent of sickness absence was due to stress, anxiety and depression, and in1995 it estimated that the cost of mental health absences from work was in theregion of £3.7bn for 100 million days lost per year9. However, the HSE reportsan estimated 6.5 million days lost due to stress, depression or anxiety, or aphysical condition ascribed to work-related stress. In the same document itdoes admit that there are difficulties in measuring stress and the occupationalcontribution to it. Tackling the problem It is therefore sensible to address the source of stress in order to preventstress-related conditions developing. As can be seen from the work being done on mental health and mentalwell-being in the workplace, this is not a new initiative. Epidemiologicalstudies have been undertaken for some years, yet there does not seem to be anyspecific relief for the majority of the workforce. As stated earlier, there is a lack of confidence in the knowledge andunderstanding of those responsible for the health and wellbeing of theworkforce. Some larger organisations have undertaken and put in placestrategies to deal with mental wellbeing at work and examples of thosestrategies from The Post Office, Kings Healthcare NHS Trust, The Boots Companyand Zeneca Pharmaceuticals are included in the HSE resource pack5. Alsoincluded in the pack are four strategies from SMEs. Occupational health nurses have been taught about mental health andwell-being for some years but there appears to be a theory-practice gap, notonly for OHNs, but also for those in personnel and human resources management5.It is interesting to note that the HSE states that the highest rates ofstress, depression or anxiety occur among nurses and teachers, with other careworkers, managers and professionals coming next. This indicates that thehighest work stress rates occur among social class II, and they tend to be inpublic sector workers. For teachers, who have little access to occupationalhealth services, this is not surprising. There is usually one small OH serviceserving a whole county of public servants and in Oxfordshire, for example, theservice has to provide OH for more than 300 schools, as well as a number ofother departments. The way forward So how can occupational health services help to promote mental wellbeing atwork? Working Minds recommends that employers develop specific mental healthpolicies to promote awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing,and that this should be done in collaboration with unions as the employees’representatives. There is also a need to ensure that organisations havemanagers who are well trained in all aspects of personnel matters and are ableto manage human resources as well as other resources. It has been said in the past, reputably by the Chairman of NatWest Bank,that human resources are the most valuable resources a company has. To this endit is worth considering the work of Luthans and Kreitner (cited by Arnold etal8) of “organisational behaviour modification”. They suggest fivesteps: – Identify critical behaviour – Measure critical behaviour – Carry out functional analysis of the behaviour – Develop an intervention strategy – Evaluate The purpose of this is to strengthen desirable behaviour and weakenundesirable behaviour, thereby presumably creating a happier and moreproductive workforce who will not suffer from the stresses usually associatedwith the workplace. In an effort to encourage such practices the RCN, as a trade union, hascarried out a survey10, the findings of which show that “employers’employee-friendly attitudes and practice can strongly influence nurses’wellbeing and job satisfaction”. The survey involved a sample of 6,000nurses, who received a postal questionnaire for which there was a 68.5 per centresponse rate – exceptionally good for a postal questionnaire. These results are supported by the DOH who says in its document, Making itHappen – a Guide to Delivering Mental Health Promotion11, thatorganisation-wide approaches are most effective and should include support forstaff. They continue by reinforcing the need for enhanced job control,increased staff involvement, workload assessment and role clarification. The RCN survey identifies a good employer as one that: – Provides well-designed employee- friendly services – Values and consults staff – Provides a safe environment – Protects and supports staff All these points are relevant to any working environment, not only fornurses and healthcare workers. OH nurses would do well to read the RCN documentand use it as a basis from which to encourage their own human resources andpersonnel departments to reconsider their own practices – as part of qualityassurance and audit practices, and in order to improve the mental wellbeing ofpeople at work. It is also important to study the DOH’s strategy for mentalhealth11 to understand how the workplace fits into the overall health promotionstrategy. OH can do a lot and take a lead in promoting mental wellbeing at work, butit cannot do it in isolation. OH needs to work with all the stakeholders topromote mental wellbeing, as well as to bring about a greater understanding andacceptance of mental ill health. Making it Happen says that mental healthpromotion involves any action to enhance the mental wellbeing of individuals,families, organisations or communities. If half the population is at work forhalf of their lives then the workplace has a strategically important role toplay in mental health. References: 1. Blackwell T, Burns P, Hardy S (2001) Working Minds; Attitudes on MentalHealth in the Workplace with Proposals for Change. A report by the Industrial Societyfor the Mind Out for Mental Health campaign. 2. Goldberg D, Huxley P (1980) Mental Illness in the Community, cited inBlackwell et al (2001). 3. Department of Health (1996) Statistics of Prescriptions Dispensed inFHSAs: England 1985-1995. Stationery Office: London. 4. Minister for Disability (2001) The Disability Discrimination ActDefinition of Disability, HMSO: London. 5. Doherty N, Tyson S, (2001) Mental Well- being in the Workplace: aResource Pack for Management Training and Development, HSE. 6. HSE (1995) Stress at Work: a Guide for Employers, HSE. 7. Fingret A, Smith A, (1995) Occupational Health: a Practical Guide forManagers, Routledge. 8. Arnold J, Robertson I T, Cooper CL, (1991) Workplace Psychology, Pitman(Revised version due Nov 2002). 9. HSE (2002) Occupational Stress Statistics Information sheet: 1/02/EMSU,HSE. 10. Royal College of Nursing (2002) Working Well: a Call to Employers, RCN. 11. Department of Health (2001) Making it Happen: a Guide to DeliveringMental Health Promotion, Stationery Office: London. 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Utah Football Spring Camp Enters Fourth Week

first_imgAll outdoor practices and scrimmages are open to the public. The Tuesday and Thursday practices will run from 3:00-4:45 pm at the Eccles Football Center Fields. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-This week, the University of Utah football team will conducts its fourth week of spring practice with three sessions. The Utes remind fans ahead of the April 13 Red-White game to wear gold in their attire to promote pediatric cancer awareness as well as support for the Hayes Tough Foundation. The Friday practice session, from 4:00-6:00 pm at Rice-Eccles Stadium, will be a scrimmage. April 1, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Football Spring Camp Enters Fourth Weekcenter_img Tags: Connor Haller/Eccles Football Center Fields/medical scholarship/Practice/Rice-Eccles Stadium/Utah Football Brad James Junior tight end Connor Haller has retired for medical reasons and will be placed on medical scholarship. Written bylast_img read more