ND, SMC offer resources for mental well-being

first_imgMore than 25 percent of American college students were treated for a mental health condition in 2012, according to the American College Health Association. The 2010 National Survey of Counseling Center Directors reported counseling centers saw an increase in mental health issues on campuses.In an effort to respond to these trends and meet the needs of all students, both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s provide resources for students experiencing mental illness.Dr. Bill Stackman, associate vice president for Student Affairs at Notre Dame, said the University’s goal is to provide “holistic care” that incorporates mental health issues into a larger conversation on well-being, including physical health and academic success.“Mental health and emotional well-being: it’s not a separate piece,” Stackman said. “It’s not like we’ll take care of the student over here, and then we’ll think of the emotional piece over here. It’s all integrated … [and] that emotional piece is often part of the conversation as we’re looking on how to support the student.”The University Counseling Center (UCC) is a key piece of the University’s support network, director Susan Steibe-Pasalich said. It provides free individual and group counseling, crisis services and self-help guides to undergraduate and graduate students and interested faculty and staff.Steibe-Pasalich said approximately 1,400 of the University’s 12,000 students used the UCC in the past year, an increase of almost 400 students over the past five years. She attributed the increase both to increased awareness of and need for campus counseling services.“Students are more comfortable with counseling,” Steibe-Pasalich said. “There isn’t that stigma that there used to be 10 years ago. Many students have already been in counseling when they come to college, so they have exposure to it. They feel comfortable with it.“Also, there are some students who maybe a decade ago wouldn’t have been able to come to college [but] because they had in high school some really good interventions, some really good diagnoses and medications, [they] are able to attend college, and they need support to be able to maintain that.”In response to the increased demand, Steibe-Pasalich said the counseling center expanded its services to include the Inner Resource Room, a room containing relaxation tools such as massage chairs and light therapy; Let’s Talk, weekly consultations about mental health issues open to all students; and programs and events with other campus organizations, such as the Gender Relations Center, Campus Ministry and Multicultural Student Programs and Services.She said the UCC also shifted its individual counseling services, which most counseling center clients use, to a brief therapy model, which provides temporary counseling and refers students to off-campus counselors and provides taxi vouchers if they need ongoing care.Steibe-Pasalich said the UCC also strives become more integrated with other services in St. Liam Hall, such as University Health Services and the newly-created McDonald Center for Student Well-Being.“We are looking to the whole health and wellness units,” she said. “All the departments in [St. Liam] are hoping to be more collaborative so that there is a continuity of care that would be seamless, so that wherever a student started out in this building, they would get the right place in an easy way. We’re looking at what are obstacles to that right now, nd how might we better serve the students in terms of the ease of that, so we’re examining that this year.”Steibe-Pasalich said the counseling center was ranked number one in 2013 on a comparison of National Senior Exit Surveys and consistently garnered positive feedback in student surveys.Junior Maggie Skoch, president of Notre Dame’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), said her own experience with the University’s mental health resources began with a visit to her resident assistant, who directed her to the counseling center.“The residence hall life here is much better than most schools at facilitating help for students who are struggling with not just mental health issues but any sort of issue, because it’s much more of a community with a good, trained staff that you sort of have a hierarchy to go to,” Skoch said. “… I think that’s very conducive to helping people who are struggling.”Skoch said the counseling center is a “great resource” for students.“They’re a wonderful, wonderful resource, especially in a nation where mental health coverage can be iffy and sketchy and difficult in terms of cost and availability,” she said. “This is basically free, and very excellent trained professionals at the snap of a finger. In that realm, they do a great job.”Steibe-Pasalich said the counseling center is heavily involved in another campus mental health resource, the CARE team, a group of individuals from various University organizations, including UCC, NDSP, Graduate Services and the Office of Community Standards.Stackman, the director of the CARE team, said concerned students, faculty, parents or hall staff refer students to the team if they notice a problem with that student’s well-being, including mental illness.Erica Kelsey, a case manager for the CARE team, said the team directs students experiencing mental health issues to the appropriate resources.“We’re sort of guiding students to resources they need,” Kelsey said. “So if we meet with them and it seems like they definitely need counseling services but haven’t yet been connected, then we’ll provide those referrals and then also following up with students as they go through the semester to see if are these referrals we set in place working for you, if there is anything else we can do to help.”Skoch said NAMI hopes to host or co-host more events in addition to Irish State of Mind and become more involved in student and administrative discussions on mental health issues. She said she also hopes to see more awareness of mental health issues and the resources to combat them in the future, as well as an effort to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.“[There is] the classic, Notre-Dame-students-are-perfect-and-have-no-problems paradigm, which is ridiculous, and students are very aware that that mindset exists,” Skoch said. “This isn’t necessarily something that a policy would change, but it’s something to work on. Culture shift is another gap that we as a university could be emphasizing more.”Saint Mary’s senior Chloe Deranek is a social concerns member of Support a Belle, Love a Belle (SABLAB), the Saint Mary’s adaptation of Mental Illness Awareness week.“[SABLAB] is a week out of the year where Saint Mary’s comes together to bring awareness to Mental Health, end stigma and encourage students to take care of themselves,” Deranek said.Deranek said SABLAB aims to raise awareness about mental health issues that college students experience on a daily basis.Deranek said resources available on campus include Women’s Health, where counselors are available by appointment, and the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), which specifically handles issues related to sexual violence.She said Saint Mary’s students can also go to the counseling center at Notre Dame for help.“All of these sources work together to get students the help that they need,” Deranek said. “These places are all great starting points to come up with a plan to figure out what each individual needs.”Campus Ministry acts as another resource for students, and director of Campus Ministry Judith Fean said her office works with other departments if additional support or healing is appropriate.“All members of Campus Ministry assist students by being a place to share their story, listen compassionately and pray with and for those who are struggling,” Fean said.She said Campus Ministry provides several different Masses and prayer services throughout the year, a candlelight vigil for those impacted by sexual violence, a prayer service for hope and healing and Taize Prayer.Fean said the Eucharist is offered everyday on campus at least once, which provides students with an opportunity for spiritual support.“It invites students to gather with their joys, sorrows and hopes to celebrate with the Body of Christ, God’s compassionate love, healing and mercy,” she said. “Also, all campus ministers in the department offer spiritual guidance as they share their story, their fears and anxieties.Sophomore Clare O’Malley said she sought treatment for her depression by speaking with counselors at Women’s Health once a week.She said the counselors are available to those feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or simply in need of someone to talk to.“They will listen to you when you just need to talk and provide the positive voices to trump any negative ones in your mind,” she said.Additional resources include Project HEAL, a new organization on campus this year, and simply talking to a Resident Advisor, sophomore SABLAB committee member Elizabeth Murray said.“These resources are important because girls struggling need to know there is always someone on campus to confide in,” Murray said. “The people working in these offices are trained and have our health in their best interest.”Anyone struggling with mental health issues should contact:Womens Health at SMC: 50 Holy Cross Hall, 574-284-4805, [email protected] Counseling Center, Notre Dame: Saint Liam Hall, 574-631-7336Belles Against Violence Organization at SMC (BAVO): 33 Holy Cross HallNational Hotlines: Suicide: 1-800-TALK, www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines Tags: BAVO, Irish State of Mind, NAMI-ND, support a belle love a belle, UCC, University Counseling Center, Women’s Healthlast_img read more

Switzerland cancels events as Europe steps up virus containment

first_imgAs the number of cases rises, European leaders are struggling to project an image of business as usual. French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte drank coffee together in a bar in Naples on Thursday, calling for European cooperation and rejecting calls for suspending the Schengen Treaty that allows for border-free travel within the European Union.Italy remains the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe. Cases in the country soared to 650 on Thursday from 400 a day earlier. The first measures to support the most affected areas may be approved by the Italian government as early as Friday, Economic Development Minister Stefano Patuanelli said. The country is considering subsidies to help pay utility bills as well as mortgage-payment suspensions.German infections rose to nearly 60, while the first two cases in the Netherlands were confirmed. The Dutch patients, who are being kept in isolation, recently visited Italy’s Lombardy region. Globally, there are over 83,000 cases, including more than 700 in Europe.A crisis task force in Germany will meet on Friday afternoon in Berlin to discuss next steps, including the possibility of canceling the ITB tourism trade fair. The organizers said on Twitter that they are coordinating with state and federal officials on how to proceed. Switzerland canceled large events and Germany quarantined about 1,000 people as Europe stepped up measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.Public and private gatherings with more than 1,000 people won’t be allowed until March 15, the Swiss government said on Friday. The move hit the Geneva Motor Show, which was set to open to the public on March 5. The cancellation of one of Europe’s biggest auto exhibitions comes after the wireless industry earlier this month scrapped the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and China postponed large-scale events scheduled through late March.In addition to threatening big events, the public health scare prompted authorities in the German municipality of Heinsberg, near the Dutch border, to ask people who came into contact with a married couple with the disease to stay at home, spokesman Ulrich Hollwitz said by phone on Friday. The pair had attended a Carnival event in mid-February with about 400 people, and the isolation affects them and their family and friends. EasyJet Plc said it’s planning to cancel flights as demand slows for travel, particularly to Italy. Sales of airline tickets are decelerating globally, according to Amadeus IT Group SA, the largest operator of software used by the travel industry to book and sell flights.While tourists have been particularly vulnerable to quarantines, there has been a sign of easing. Nine guests at a virus-hit hotel on the Spanish island of Tenerife have been allowed to leave, La Provincia newspaper reported. The government said Thursday that as many as 130 guests of about 700 at the hotel were awaiting authorization to depart because they had no contact with an Italian doctor and his wife who were found to have the virus.In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel consulted with her ministers on Friday morning, with all state organizations focused on halting or slowing the spread.Europe’s largest economy is looking at a range of measures to protect its key export sector and address the damage from a slowdown stemming from virus’s impact on business. The benchmark DAX Index lost 3.7% at 12:02 p.m. on Friday.The government’s plans would seek to improve conditions for doing business, including reducing the tax burden on companies and boosting tax relief for digital investment, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Thursday in Berlin, adding that Germany is in “a period of growing uncertainty” and couldn’t rule out cuts to growth forecasts.The fallout looks to be spreading, compounding a broader industrial slump. BASF SE warned of a possible second annual profit drop due to the impact of the coronavirus and an ongoing automotive slump.Germany is monitoring transport links by air, sea and land and will ask international travelers to fill in landing cards stating where else they’ve traveled, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Thursday.“The situation has clearly deteriorated,” he said. “The term ‘beginning of an epidemic’ means that the number of cases will increase.”Topics :last_img read more

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Ivica Zubac works his way back into Lakers’ rotation

first_img“He held Dwight to 30 that night!” a good-natured Walton teased on Monday. “We won. I think it might have been our first road win of the season last year but he was good. He was good.”Zubac’s return to Philips Arena on Monday, however, came as the second-year center has worked his way back into the rotation. After the Lakers’ 123-104 victory over Atlanta, Zubac has now logged double-digit minutes in four straight games after appearing in just 13 of the Lakers’ first 52 games.“This is what I’ve been doing for my whole life,” Zubac said. “When you’re not playing you’re not feeling good because this is what I’m doing my whole life. Now, when I’m finally in the rotation, everything else feels much better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think everybody should get paid no matter what,” Zubac said. “If they are making money (for) that team in Europe or a college in the USA, they should get paid. For sure. That’s their right. I don’t know, I just think it’s not fair to the players to not get paid.”He also believes that “basketball-wise, it’s better to play overseas because you’re playing against guys who are physically more (developed). They can get you prepared for the NBA more than guys your own age.”Fifteen months ago, Zubac wondered just how ready he was for the NBA, as he sat in front of his locker at in Philips Arena, trembling as he studied the scouting report on Dwight Howard.Before scoring 10 points in 16 minutes on Monday in his first game back in Atlanta, Zubac recounted the conversation when Luke Walton told him he would make his first career start against the Hawks. He remembered the nerves he felt the whole day and the sleep he did not get the night before.“As soon as I stepped on the floor,” Zubac said, “everything was gone.” Walton acknowledged Zubac endured “some frustrating times” this season but that those are “part of the learning process.”Zubac started 11 games as a rookie and was penciled in as the starter before the Lakers traded for Brook Lopez, signed Andrew Bogut and ended up playing Julius Randle at center.“I think part of the success he had at the end of his rookie year, he probably thought it was going to be a much bigger role this year for him.”Whatever hard feelings there might have been, Zubac seems to be over them.“Life is much better,” he said.A PAYER’S PROGRAM?Arizona basketball is such a close community that when Walton, who played at the Pac-12 powerhouse from 1999-2003, assembled his Lakers staff he hired no fewer than four assistant coaches with Arizona ties.Walton, Jesse Mermuys, Jud Buechler, Miles Simon. All were shaken this weekend when their alma mater suspended head coach Sean Miller amid a federal investigation that, according to ESPN, caught Miller on a wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to secure a commitment from star freshman DeAndre Ayton.But unlike other members of the Bear Down brethren, Walton declined to weigh in on Miller’s job security.“It’s unfortunate,” Walton said. “Obviously I’ve got a lot of love for my program. … I feel like Sean’s done a lot of good things, too. It’s a little early to be judging so harshly. It’s a tough job and obviously if what is said is true, that’s a mistake that he made.”Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry, who play at U of A, tweeted that the program needed to “clean house.” Walton, who played under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, said he was not the person to decide whether Miller should lose his job.Despite his ties being to an earlier generation at the school, Walton remains close to the Arizona program.“Sean’s done a great job of reaching out to former players,” Walton said. “I don’t get back anymore because the only time we can go is in the summer. And Tucson in the summer is a little hot for me, but it’s been a great relationship with them even since Coach Olson’s left.” ATLANTA — Ivica Zubac has been paid to play basketball since he was 16 years old, three years before the Lakers brought him to the NBA.He has followed with interest as top-flight college programs navigate a scandal in which players, including Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, reportedly received money from an agent while in college.Zubac heard from his American teammates on Croatian and Serbian pro teams about “good time they had in college” and on Monday he acknowledged a desire to have experienced it.But there were more practical matters influencing his decision to stay in Europe.last_img read more