Share Pinterest Email LinkedIn Non-suicidal self-injury–that is, purposefully hurting oneself without conscious suicidal intent–is relatively common among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, according to a study published online April 1, 2015, in Psychiatry Research. The research, conducted by Dr. Nathan Kimbrel, a research psychologist at the Durham VA Medical Center, included 151 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Of those, 14 percent reported a history of non-suicidal self-injury, or NSSI.Moreover, the study found that those who deliberately hurt themselves were more likely to engage in suicidal behavior. The researchers hope that NSSI could serve as a marker for identifying which veterans are most likely to attempt suicide.For the study, Kimbrel and his colleagues recruited Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at the Central Texas VA Health Care System. The researchers excluded those with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but they included a higher-than-average proportion of veterans with PTSD. In the final study group, 35 percent had PTSD, 21 percent had depression, and 8 percent had alcohol use disorder. More than 90 percent of group was male and 67 percent were white. After identifying suicidal ideation via a standardized screening questionnaire, the researchers further classified the participants as having either passive or active suicidal ideation.Passive suicidal ideation could be described, says Kimbrel, as wishing you would go to sleep and not wake up. Active suicidal ideation is characterized by actually thinking about specific ways to end one’s life.Kimbrel found that NSSI was most strongly associated with active suicidal ideation. Specifically, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who reported a history of NSSI were five times more likely to engage in active suicidal ideation, compared with veterans without a history of NSSI.“These are people who are purposefully engaging in bodily harm, but the intent is not to commit suicide,” says Kimbrel. “There are many reasons why they do this, but this behavior is associated with increased odds of eventually attempting suicide.”Kimbrel points to cutting oneself as the most commonly thought-of form of NSSI. “But there are a wide range of non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors that Veterans might be engaging in that clinicians should be aware of, such as burning or hitting oneself,” notes Kimbrel.Another recent study by Kimbrel’s team that was published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 2014 found that more than half of 214 male Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking treatment for PTSD reported engaging in NSSI during their lifetime. Forty-five percent reported NSSI during the previous two weeks.Those same veterans were nearly four times more likely to engage in suicidal ideation, compared with veterans seeking treatment for PTSD but without a history of NSSI.“Among veterans, burning and hitting appear to be the specific forms of NSSI most strongly associated with suicidal ideation,” says Kimbrel. Veterans who reported burning themselves were 17 times more likely to engage in suicidal ideation, compared with similar veterans who did not report NSSI. Veterans who reported hitting themselves were nearly eight times more likely to have suicidal ideation.“Obviously, the rates of suicidal ideation that we identified among veterans engaging in these forms of NSSI were much higher than what we typically see among patients seeking treatment for PTSD,” says Kimbrel.According to Kimbrel, NSSI may increase a person’s capacity to commit suicide. This ties in with a theory originally described by Florida State University’s Dr. Thomas Joiner in his 2005 book Why People Die By Suicide. The theory is that suicide essentially requires two components to align, a desire and a capacity.According to Kimbrel, NSSI, along with the kind of violence often encountered in combat, can increase people’s capability for suicide by mitigating some of their natural, innate responses to injury.Kimbrel’s hope is that by expanding suicidal assessments of veterans to include NSSI information, providers can better identify those at high risk for suicide long before they ever make an attempt.“If we can identify veterans engaging in NSSI early on, then hopefully we can begin to change their trajectory and put them onto a more positive course,” says Kimbrel. “There are treatments that can help. The most important thing is to get veterans at increased risk for suicide into treatment as soon as possible.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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Published: July 18, 2016 5:36 PM EDT ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – New documents show the gunman who killed 49 patrons at a Florida nightclub was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in his job as a security guard at a Florida courthouse.Records released Monday by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office show Omar Mateen claimed he was regularly called derogatory epithets for being Muslim by deputies and others at the St. Lucie Courthouse, where he worked as a contract guard.Also according to the records, Mateen told his bosses that in response to the taunting, he told co-workers he had ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and the Fort Hood shooter.That prompted an FBI investigation.But the documents show the FBI didn’t believe he was a terrorist, and an agent told a sheriff’s office major that he didn’t think Mateen “would go postal or anything like that.” Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Documents: Pulse gunman repeatedly taunted for being Muslim
The government does not understand the importance of advocacy to the rule of law, a leading barrister suggested, accusing the justice secretary of peddling ‘lazy fiction’ to demonise legal aid lawyers.Delivering the keynote address, barrister and crossbench peer Lord Pannick QC (pictured) said the government’s approach to criminal legal aid, closed hearings and judicial review claims suggests it ‘neither understands nor appreciates’ the role of advocacy in helping to maintain the rule of law.‘The policies of this government are damaging the reputation which this country rightly enjoys throughout the world for the quality of its legal system,’ he said.On criminal legal aid cuts, Pannick warned the government that if it seeks to administer the legal system on the ‘cheapest possible basis’, it will ‘dilute and pollute’ its quality.Pannick accused justice secretary Chris Grayling of providing journalists with misleading information about lawyers’ earnings to promote the ‘absurd myth that legal aid work is a pathway to riches’.‘A justice secretary who understands the importance of advocacy would not be assisting in the peddling of the lazy fiction that seeks to demonise legal aid lawyers,’ he said.Pannick warned that the government’s proposals to restrict judicial review claims must be carefully scrutinised to ensure the changes are being proposed in the public interest and not in the interest of the government, which is often the defendant in claims.He stressed the importance of judicial review advocacy as a check on the abuse of power of public bodies, and as an important inducement to them to adopt higher standards of legality, fairness and proportionality.Closed material hearings, he argued, are ‘fundamentally unfair’ as they prevent effective advocacy on behalf of the client, meaning the judge decides the case on evidence which one side has had no opportunity to challenge.
Resolving neighbour disputes using iPhone evidence and a video hearing might be more effective than the parties travelling several miles to court, a senior government official has said, outlining significant developments to modernise the justice system.Kevin Gallagher, digital director at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, said the government needed to learn from the ombudsman model, where huge numbers of relatively low-value or low-stakes cases are resolved quickly and cheaply by avoiding hearings.Gallagher was speaking at a Modernising Justice Through Technology, Innovation and Efficiency conference in London last month. His speech was published yesterday.Gallagher said: ‘For a dispute between neighbours about the height of a Leylandii tree, iPhone evidence and a video hearing may prove far more effective than the parties appearing in a court miles from the site in question.‘And, for our family courts, we need to make it as straightforward to claim uncontested probate as it is to submit a tax return or renew your annual car tax.’Gallagher described technology as a ‘key enabler’ in four projects in the government’s civil and family reforms: probate, divorce, social security and child support tribunals, and online courts.An online applications process will be introduced in the probate service, which will handle payments, and provide online case tracking and automated management.A new, online service will enable tribunal users in social security and child support appeals to start and progress a case.Meanwhile, a new online plea functionality for traffic offences has led to an increased number of pleas being made, reducing the number of non-pleas and court sessions held in absence.A new ‘juror summonsing service’ will allow anyone summoned to respond directly into the IT system to share their availability or request to be excused – the type of functionality that was ‘standard in many walks of life but is a step change for justice’, Gallagher said.Highlighting the progress made to digitise the criminal justice system, Gallagher said six million pages of evidence have been stored on the digital case system, equating to a pile of paper the height of The Shard, a 95-storey skyscraper in London.‘It’s also worth being aware that this evidence would previously have been printed at least three times,’ Gallagher added.
Chart-topping Country duo Dan + Shay have released their new single I Should Probably Go To Bed.The song was released on Friday and the accompanying music video was filmed with surrealist imagery and physics-defying action. Watch it below:I Should Probably Go To Bed was written earlier in the year. The song was produced by Dan, who performed and recorded every instrument at his home studio in Nashville.The follow-up to 10,000 Hours with Justin Bieber, I Should Probably Go To Bed has already become a smash-hit. 10,000 Hours was Dan + Shay’s first multi-week number one and it was the fastest Country song to reach one million U.S. track equivalents in 2019, earning over 3.1 million U.S. track equivalents to date, and more than one billion global streams.10,000 Hours is the first song by a country duo or group ever to debut in the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 5, and spent 21 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs (4th longest run in chart history). The worldwide smash has achieved 2x Platinum certification in Australia and Canada, Platinum certification in the Netherlands, and Gold certification in four other countries.There’s no news on a new album yet but we suspect that Dan + Shay may drop one before 2020 comes to an end. We’ll of course, keep you posted.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInGood Mental Health for All is being promoted as part of Mental Health Week 9-15 October by Support in Mind Scotland in conjunction with DG Health and Wellbeing (NHS Dumfries and Galloway/Dumfries and Galloway Council Joint Unit). A programme of activities will take place across the region to encourage people to take time to think about mental health and get involved with activities that can help with their own wellbeing. Claire Thirlwall, Health and Wellbeing Specialist, DG Health and Wellbeing said “Everyone has mental health and research shows that one in four people will experience a mental health condition. Yet despite this, there is a lack of understanding surrounding mental health by the general public” Emma Scott, Manager of Kaleidoscope, Support in Mind Scotland’s Dumfries resource centre added “There is a lot we can do to learn about mental health and how to look after our own mental wellbeing. This can include seeking advice and information, getting active, being creative or simply talking to someone” “The Dumfries and Galloway Mental Health Festival aims to highlight mental health, help people find out more about what local support there is and get involved with local opportunities. There are a variety of things happening across the region including an art exhibition, a drama performance, poetry sessions, quizzes and information displays“ If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, please make an appointment with your GP or contact NHS 24 on 111, Samaritans 116 123 or Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 To find out more about the weeks programme, visit: https://www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk/news/world-mental-health-day-2016
There will be another free Citizenship Drive this weekend, set for May 14 and May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lauderhill Mall. Hosted by Broward County commissioner Dale Holness, the free event will particularly provide assistance to applicants filling out the N-400 US Citizenship application and other required documents for naturalization.For this weekend’s events, expert legal volunteers will be on hand from immigration advocacy group, Florida New Americans, as well as the Caribbean Bar Association and the Jamaican-American Bar Association. Individuals who qualify for the program must be 18 years or older, have a permanent resident card for 5 years or be a spouse of a U.S. citizen and have a permanent green card for 3 years.Supported by U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings and Broward County commissioner Dale Holness, the renewed event was in response to the overwhelming turn-out at this year’s drives, the last one being held in April. Since this year alone, the drive reports that 700 applicants have submitted their completed paperwork through the Lauderhill program, with an additional 1500 expected to complete their application by the end of this month.The drive also provides valuable financial support for those applying for citizenship. “Some 70 percent of those who were eligible obtained a fee waiver, which is a significant savings, since the application fee costs $680,” says Commissioner Holness. Applicants may receive a waiver if they receive public benefits such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The regulations allow waivers to applicants who are single earning under $17,650 annually, from a family of two earning $23,900, and families of three and four earning $30,135 and $36,375 annually, respectively.
Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Slight twist to 2014 Carnival Opening Parade by: – January 23, 2014 Share Share 37 Views 2 comments Leslassa Armour-Shillingford, who was later crowned Miss Dominica, at the 2013 Carnival Opening ParadeThere will be a slight change to the Opening Parade of Mas Domnik 2014, the events director of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC), Nathalie Clarke has revealed.“The Opening Parade is going to be with a slight twist this year, we’re going from Pottersville, down to the Bayfront,” Clarke said at the DFC’s weekly press conference on Thursday, January 23, 2014. The usual route has been from Victoria Street, through the City and onto the Pottersville Savannah, culminating with an opening ceremony.“We’re having a Konnet Viv fete live jamming at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium car park with CK, Triple Kay and the Boss DJ Flip,” Clarke added. The entrance fee to the stadium will be between $20 -$25 per person; the cost has not yet been finalized by the organizers. The Opening Parade is scheduled for Saturday, February 8 from 3pm. The route for the Opening Parade is still in its draft form according to Clarke however she indicated that some parts of the traditional route will be kept. “We’re coming alive in a big way this year,” Clarke stated and called on interested groups and businesses to register at the DFC’s office to participate in the event.“Please come on down and get your registration complete. We want to do that before the end of January so we know what we’re dealing with on the road”.To register, one can contact Marilyn Charles at the Dominica Festivals Committee via telephone number (767) 448 4833.Registration is free of charge, except for advertising floats that are required to pay EC$250.00.“We want to have that beautiful, long boa constrictor going through full of festival colour and really coming alive in the City on February 8,” Clarke noted. Last year, over 1,500 persons participated in the parade with 75 unique and colorful floats.Dominica Vibes News
President of the Dominica Association of Disabled People, Michael Murphy (file photo)Two Dominicans who are members of the Disabled Peoples’ International are scheduled to attend the World Council Meeting in New Delhi, India.Michael Murphy and Nathalie Murphy, who are also officers of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) and directors of Disabled Peoples’ International North America and Caribbean Inc will leave the state on Monday July 14, for the meeting.“We are going to be looking at what has taken place throughout the world as far as disability is concerned, region by region,” DAPD president, Michael Murphy told Dominica Vibes.“We‘re going to be looking at our finances, we’re going to be looking at the situation of persons with disabilities throughout the world”.Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities, Nathalie Murphy (file photo)Mr Murphy noted that the World Council Members of Disabled Peoples’ International is a group of thirty persons and they will meet for two from July 18-19, 2014. Mr and Mrs Murphy will attend the meeting along with two counterparts from Guyana and Jamaica.The DPI World Council meets every two years.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Share 45 Views no discussions LocalNews DAPD to attend International World Council by: – July 12, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring!