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|August 15, 2014 01:30 PM EDT||
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- Depression and Suicide Prevention as it Relates to the Passing of Robin Williams
- Depression: A Common Yet Treatable Illness
- Issues of Depression, Suicide and Addiction in Wake of Robin Williams' Death
- Best Back-to-School Tips for Parents
- Tips to Make the Most of Your Farmers Market
- Tips for Searching for a Qualified Financial Advisor
- Bill Mandating Condom Use in Adult Film Industry
- Reporter - Tech Times (NY)
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- Managing Editor - POLITICO (VA)
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Depression and Suicide Prevention as it Relates to the Passing of Robin Williams
Lawrence P. Riso, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology
Argosy University, Washington D.C.
"After battling severe depression, the passing of Robin Williams, beloved Oscar-winning actor and comedian, is a tragic and sudden loss. There are many factors that could have contributed to William's unfortunate death, from the loss of his close friend John Belushi to his struggle with alcoholism and cocaine abuse. Prevention includes evaluating underlying assumptions and behavioral strategies that may contribute to psychological distress, and there are ways in which treatment could have helped Williams and many others who are battling severe depression."
Dr. Riso is a professor of psychology at Argosy University, Washington D.C. and president of the Washington D.C. chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has more than 15 years practicing, with extensive training in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and couples distress. He is a practitioner-scholar with more than 50 published journal articles on psychotherapy and psychological disorders. Dr. Riso is available to speak about depression and suicide prevention as it relates to Williams recent passing, and he can comment on the factors that could have contributed to Williams' unfortunate death.
Media Contact: Ryan Smith, [email protected]
Depression: A Common Yet Treatable Illness
Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training
Binghamton University (SUNY)
The news of Robin Williams' apparent suicide highlights just how common this tragedy is. According to Gibb, it is estimated that someone in the United States dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes. His research focuses on risk factors for depression and suicide in children, adolescents and adults. He is also a suicide survivor, having lost his father to suicide. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death across all age groups and the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds. It is the third leading cause of death among 10-14 year-olds and the fourth leading cause of death among 35-44 year-olds. Over twice as many Americans die by suicide as from homicide each year. Ninety percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric illness, and the most common by far is depression. Says Gibb: "Depression affects up to one out every five people in the U.S., and thoughts of suicide are a core symptom of the disease. Therefore, it was not surprising that Robin Williams was reported to have been suffering from depression. The important thing to remember is that there are various forms of psychotherapy, medication and other interventions that have proven effective in treating depression. Depression is a treatable illness."
Gibb, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Binghamton University (SUNY). He received his Ph.D. from Temple University and completed his predoctoral internship at Brown University Medical School. His research focuses on risk factors for depression and suicide in children, adolescents, and adults. He has published over 80 scientific articles and his research has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as well as the National Institute of Mental Illness. He is also a suicide survivor, having lost his father to suicide.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/brandon_gibb
Media Contact: Ryan Yarosh, [email protected]
Issues of Depression, Suicide and Addiction in Wake of Robin Williams' Death
High Watch Recovery Center
"The death of Robin Williams is such a tragedy and it's unfortunate that no one was able to see any warning signs, because as more information is revealed with the continuing coverage, you begin to see the signs that he was a high risk for suicide. Among the high risk indicators: men over the age of 45 who are divorced or widowed; people with a history of depression; and individuals suffering from issues with addiction, all of which we now know that Williams suffered from to some degree. There are others that may or may not come to light, but it's an unfortunate tragedy nonetheless. It would be interesting to know if Williams was on any long-term treatment of anti-depression medicine. At High Watch, for anyone with a substance use disorder and co-occurring depressive disorder, I always advocate being on a low dose of anti-depressants to prevent a reoccurrence of depression. This minimizes the risk of suicide for that person, as well as them relapsing into their drug or drink of choice."
Kean is an internationally recognized expert and spokesperson in the field of substance abuse. She led the first AA meeting to ever take place in the Opiate Triangle of the World, the Yunnan Province of China, where she was invited to teach physicians how to properly care for patients with heroin addiction. She is a board certified adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Trinity College and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Yale University.
Media Contact: Gladwyn Lopez, [email protected]
Best Back-to-School Tips for Parents
National Speaker, Author, Parenting Expert
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"Starting a new grade, getting a new teacher, learning new classroom rules, receiving more rigorous schoolwork, and increasing social demands can all cause stress for your child. An increase in temper tantrums, whining, and defiance at home is common when school starts. Parents can take steps now, in August, to minimize the difficulty by helping the child gain a sense of control, providing rituals for predictability, getting organized, teaching the child how to de-stress, and making sure the child is getting enough sleep and eating foods packed with nutrition."
Schutta will provide the 10 best back-to-school tips that parents should start now, in August, to reduce their child's stress and maximize school success in September. Five of the tips include: scaling back the bedtime hour now because it takes three weeks for the body clock to readjust; selecting five nutritious breakfast options with complex carbs, healthy Omega-3 fats and healthy protein that can be rotated on school days to maximize learning; begin a minimum of 30 minutes of learning time each day to minimize the shock of homework when school starts; create a morning map to get out the door on time; have the child set up a homework site complete with a homework basket. She is the author of "20 Great Ways to Raise Great Kids," as well as a licensed psychologist. She has 40 tips for back-to-school success that can be shared.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/toni.schutta
Expert Contact: [email protected]
Tips to Make the Most of Your Farmers Market
The Art Institute of California, Inland Empire
Summer's heat means that the produce choices available at farmers markets are reaching their peak. So how can you make the most of this seasonal bounty? Says Thompson: "Farmers grow whatever they sell, which makes them experts. Ask to put be put on their email list. They may send out information about what is in season and what to do with it. Sample everything! That is how the farmers sell their products, and you will know what you like." Chef Thompson also emphasizes, "understand the educational value of visiting a farmers market and learn as much as you can."
Thompson, culinary instructor at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, has tips to help you make the most out of your local markets. She can also speak to a variety of culinary and food-related topics, including culinary marketing and consulting, restaurant ownership and marketing, cookbooks, food writing and pastry arts.
Media Contact: Mandy Wilson, [email protected]
Tips for Searching for a Qualified Financial Advisor
Bijan Golkar, CFP(R)
Vice President/Senior Advisor
FPC Investment Advisory, Inc.
Plenty of people who pass away or become debilitated leave their spouses with overly complicated financial plans, too little information, and no clear instructions about where to turn for help. Says Golkar: "Many individuals with spouses who are disengaged financially take comfort in knowing that their spouse will be able to turn to an advisor after they're gone. If you think your spouse will eventually need to turn to an advisor, it doesn't hurt to begin the search for a qualified advisor while you're still around to help with the screening." Golkar is available to discuss five key ways to make sure that doesn't happen to your family.
Golkar has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! Finance, The Fiscal Times, Bankrate and DepositAccounts.com. He is based in San Francisco.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/bijangolkar
Media Contact: Steve Garmhausen, [email protected]
Bill Mandating Condom Use in Adult Film Industry
Documentary Film Producer
Shorts & Sandals Entertainment
"The likely passage of the California State Assembly bill requiring condoms to be used in the production of all explicit adult media within the State of California is much overdue. Anyone who has worked in the adult film industry over the last few decades is well aware that contracting Chlamydia, gonorrhea or another STI is simply part of the job. If the bill passes the State Senate, it will finally extend workplace safety standards to California's most marginalized workforce -- their lawful sex workers. I hope other states will follow California's lead."
Mech is available to discuss California Assembly's bill mandating condom use in the adult film industry.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/David_Mech
Expert Contact: [email protected]
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- JOURNALISM AND THE WEB@25. It's hard to believe that the World Wide Web has been around for a quarter century. Many industries have been impacted in the 25 years since the birth of the Web, and the media industry is surely no exception. On July 29 we heart from an all-star media panel of experts at Poynter's "Journalism and the Web@25" event. The panelists provided their insight into the past, present and future of media. Check out our recap: http://prn.to/1k9EjKY
- ADDING HUMOR TO YOUR WRITING. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, we hosted a Twitter Q&A with Michele "Wojo" Wojciechowski on how to inject humor into your writing. If you missed the chat, you can read a recap of it here: http://prn.to/1qWGboZ
- GRAMMAR HAMMER: EVERYDAY VS. EVERY DAY: In her latest Grammar Hammer column, Cathy Spicer explains the difference between "everyday" and "every day": prn.to/1o6MZ4V
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