President Donald Trump’s school safety commission on Tuesday called for a rollback of an Obama-era initiative to reduce suspensions and expulsions of students of color and those with disabilities — guidance that had been embraced by Minnesota education and human rights officials. The panel’s proposal suggests that efforts to curb racial disparities in school discipline have the potential of making schools less safe. “Where well-meaning but flawed policies endanger student safety, they must be changed,” the commission wrote in a document obtained by the New York Times. In Minnesota, the move comes just months after the state Department of Human Rights secured agreements with 41 school districts and charter school systems to work to reduce discipline disparities — or else face investigations into possible discrimination. On Tuesday, one of the districts, Osseo Area Schools, pledged to stay the course: “We remain committed to the elimination of … [Read more...] about Trump panel advocates rescinding Obama-era school discipline rules
THE PATIENT, A man in his early 20s, was clearly distressed, anxious. There were insects, he said, insects crawling around under his skin.The graduate student doing the initial assessment was immediately concerned and went straight to her advisor, Dr. Brian Sharpless, a clinical psychologist and professor at Argosy University in Virginia. The patient sounded psychotic — possibly schizophrenic, she said, and she wanted to know what to do.“Is he by any chance Nigerian?” Sharpless asked. “Yes!” she replied. “How did you know?”“He’s not psychotic — that’s Ode Ori,” Sharpless responded. “He’s having a panic attack.”Ode Ori is, in Nigerian Yoruba culture, the manifestation of acute distress. It’s a crawling sensation in the head and under the skin, noises in the ears, heart palpitations, both an expression of and accompaniment to anxiety. And anxiety calls for a very different treatment protocol … [Read more...] about How culture shapes your mind — and your mental illness
ROSS Kemp is a passionate supporter of our armed forces. Here, in his own words, he tells the heartbreaking stories of heroes being laid low by the devastating physical and psychological effects of doing their duty and explains how we can all do our bit to support them this Christmas. For as long as he can remember, Dan Richards wanted to be in the army. But after leaving the forces as an amputee, he told me he was so lost he considered taking his own life. Despite returning from a tour to Afghanistan unharmed, a motorbike accident in 2009 meant he had to have his right arm and shoulder amputated. Painstaking recovery meant he was initially able to rejoin his regiment. He said: “I had wanted to be in the Army since I was eight years old – I wasn’t going to let a little scratch ruin that for me.” But when he was discharged in 2012, life took a turn for the worse. He said: “I didn’t know what I wanted to do and didn’t know what I … [Read more...] about ‘Our boys lost limbs but for many ex-soldiers their mental injuries are far worse’
'My mum moved to Northern Ireland after she lost six of her family in a Nazi concentration camp ... and having grown up here I see mental health as being a major issue for our young people' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Awarded the MBE in 2011 for her contribution to community relations in Northern Ireland, Dr Katy Radford has spent a lifetime working to build relationships across the divide and to champion the marginalised. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/health/my-mum-moved-to-northern-ireland-after-she-lost-six-of-her-family-in-a-nazi-concentration-camp-and-having-grown-up-here-i-see-mental-health-as-being-a-major-issue-for-our-young-people-37540552.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37540948.ece/22092/AUTOCROP/h342/Feile_Launch_2_2017.jpg Email Awarded the MBE in 2011 for her contribution to community relations in Northern Ireland, Dr Katy Radford has spent a lifetime working to build relationships across the divide and to champion the marginalised. … [Read more...] about ‘My mum moved to Northern Ireland after she lost six of her family in a Nazi concentration camp … and having grown up here I see mental health as being a major issue for our young people’
Last week the American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations for the effective discipline of children and weighed in on a highly debated topic: whether or not you should spank your kids.A leading pediatric organization in the country, comprising nearly 70,000 physicians, came in with a definitive position: you absolutely should not spank. It is ineffective and harms them, not just physically but also emotionally and developmentally.Corporal punishment (physical force designed to create hurt or discomfort) like spanking has shown to increase aggression in children, lead to more defiance rather than obedience, and can result in decreased brain development and a lower I.Q. Children who are spanked show increased anti-social behavior, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties that carry through into their adult years.Like many adults, I was spanked when I was young. Usually just the threat of a spanking was enough to get me to fall in line but when I was bent over a … [Read more...] about Experts say no yelling, no spanking … so how should parents discipline their children?