25 Aug

SALISBURY — Philip Johnson was at the top of his game.

An East Rowan High School senior, he was a two-time county champion in cross country. He was a major player in one of East’s best cross country teams ever. And it wasn’t just East Rowan saying that.

“They did what I expected,” said Dwayne Fink, South Rowan cross country coach in 2002.”Their top runners were just really strong. It’s hard to compete with a team that has that strength up top.”

The Mustangs had captured the Rowan County Cross Country Meet championship that year, too, bringing a powerhouse back to prominence. East Rowan hadn’t taken the county meet championship in five years after a decade of dominance. And Johnson said he was glad to see East Rowan High win.

“East has been the best in cross country since the ‘80s,” Philip told the Post in 2002. “I wanted the team championship more than I wanted my own.”

It wouldn’t be Philip’s last accolade as a runner for East. He made the all-county team and won conference and divisional championships as well as a number of invitational meets, said his mother Janet Johnson. In October 2002, he won the Wendy’s Invitational Meet in Charlotte with a time of 16:25.5, recording the second-fastest time in school history at the time, behind Benjamin Frick’s 1993 state meet time of 15:57.2.

Jon C. Lakey / Salisbury Post File Photo – East Rowan High runner Philip Johnson competes in a 2002 cross country meet.

But shortly after going to college, Philip returned home during a break to deliver some news to his parents: He had depression.

“We said, ‘OK. We can deal with that,’” Janet recalled.

Philip would be diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, in which those affected exhibit schizophrenia and mood disorder symptoms.

“And for the next 12 and a half years of his life, we dealt with those symptoms,” Janet said. “He would ask, ‘Why am I having to go through this.’ And I would say, ‘I don’t know. If I could take it on myself, I would, but we may never know on this side of eternity why you had to go through this.’”

Philip, living in Durham at the time, committed suicide in October. He was 33. His father, Rick Johnson, received the call informing the family that authorities had found Johnson’s body.

Janet says she hopes that, by participating in the Rowan County United Way’s “Into the Light” event on Sept. 21, she can raise awareness about suicide, mental illnesses that can precede it and the accompanying stigma. The event, which will start at 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Fisher and Main streets, will walk toward the Wallace Education Forum as the sun rises.

At the Wallace Forum, there will be a breakfast program involving David Whisenant, Salisbury Bureau chief for WBTV News; Janet Johnson and Crystal Hobbs. The event will raise money for the United Way, which plans to use it for local mental health programs. Executive Director Jenny Lee said programs funded will look to fill existing gaps in the community.

And mental health is one of three main areas in which the United Way is focusing its attention, starting in January. Its new community impact model will also fund substance abuse and healthy lifestyle programs. Basic-needs programs will receive a small amount of funding, too. But in all areas, according to Lee, the United Way hopes to invest in programs sustainable without its money.

Janet said she hopes that money raised in September can help create a more robust treatment and support system for those struggling with mental health and suicide.

“We need a better system overall,” Janet said.

Figuring out where to seek help for Philip was difficult. Some of the supports in place weren’t adequate, she said. Involuntary commitments, for example, may be enough to stabilize someone but not adequate to provide long-term solutions. She said that Daymark Recovery Services, on Statesville Boulevard, is the only local place where people can walk in to receive help, but other counties have better programs.

“I don’t know that there are enough local places to help people,” she said.

In emergencies, Janet said, people who are suicidal can be taken to a hospital’s emergency room. Those contemplating suicide or dealing with mental health issues, however, need to have better options than a hospital’s emergency room, she said.

And, to be clear, suicide is a growing problem in North Carolina, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. From 1999 to 2016, the number of suicides in North Carolina increased by 12.7 percent — lower than the nation at large, which showed an increase of 25.4 percent. Among those with and without mental health conditions, men were more likely to commit suicide.

For those left behind, grieving, talking about mental health and suicide is important, said Lee.

“I hope the whole outcome of of this event will be to empower folks to feel comfortable sharing their stories,” said Lee, who attended high school at East Rowan with Philip Johnson. “The more that we talk about it, the more we are able to understand all the aspects of individual situations and the more that we’re able to bring in services to support them. … Tell your story because your story could save a life.”

After more than 20 years of not speaking publicly about it, David Whisenant has been telling his father’s story in recent years, hoping that it would help others and raise awareness.

He still thinks about his dad, who committed suicide in 1987, on a daily basis and hasn’t moved past the “what if” questions, but Whisenant is helping with the Sept. 21 program because he doesn’t feel like he can turn down any chance to talk.

“I think it’s something I’m called to do,” he said. “Speaking about it can make a difference.”

Whisenant said he frequently hears stories from others when he shares his own, especially on social media. Every one of them starts the same way, he said, with someone talking about how their family member or friend committed suicide, sometimes in graphic detail.

“And I read every one of them and respond,” he said. “Frequently, those messages end with ‘I’m glad you’re talking about it,’ and I know that’s kind of the positive part about sharing your story. This is what I have to do.”

Whisenant said he thinks the “Into the Light” walk will help those struggling with suicide or mental health and their family members, especially because of the image of walking toward the sun as it rises — walking out of the darkness.

Those who want to help with the event, become a sponsor or register for the walk, should contact the United Way at 704-633-1802. The United Way is located on the second floor of the Salisbury Post’s building — 131 West Innes St.

Help is available 24/7 for those struggling with suicide via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — 1-800-273-8255.

Contact editor Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4248.


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25 Aug

A BMJ study addresses growing concerns about the safety of patients cared for by fatigued residents, reports Medscape.

“The reduction in resident work hours sparked debate as to whether working fewer hours during residency training would lead to physicians entering independent practice who were inadequately prepared,” author Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News via email.

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25 Aug

VALLEY. WMUR’S TIM CALLERY HAS MORE FROM CORNISH. TI HE HELD A MEET AND GREET HERE IN CORNISH AS A CHANCE TO GO ONE-ON-ONE WITH VOTERS. MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT A HOUSE PARTY FOR THE MAYOR EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. HE SPOKE FOR ABOUT A HALF BEFORE TAKING QUESTIONS FROM THE CROWD. HE TOUCHED ON SUBJECTS WE ARE HEARING A LOT ABOUT HERE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. THE MAYOR ALSO SPOKE ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY ADDING THAT HIS TIME IN THE MILITARY WILL HELP HIM IN THAT AREA IF ELECTED PRESIDENT. HE ALSO TOUCHED ON MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION. WE HAVE TO ACT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE MORE PROVIDERS OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE ESPECIALLY IN AREAS WHERE PEOPLE HAVE TO TRAVEL TOO LONG OR WAIT TOO LONG WHEN A WAIT LIST TO GET THAT KIND OF HELL. WE HAVE TO OUR TEACHERS AND POLICE OFFICERS. WHILE NOT ACCEPTING THE IDEA THAT THEY SHOULD BE — WE SHOULD HONOR THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE A KEY ROLE BY ENSURING THEY HAVE ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID SO THEY KNOW WHERE TO SEND SOMEONE IF THERE IS A PROBLEM. TI AFTER HIS TIME HERE IN CORNISH, THE MAYOR DID A RETAIL TOUR OF DOWNTOWN LEBANON. RIGHT NOW,

In Cornish, Buttigieg discusses plan on mental health

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg toured the Upper Valley on Saturday.Among his stops was a house party in Cornish, where the South Bend, Indiana, mayor drew a crowd of more than 500.There, Buttigieg touched on topics including health care, immigration, education and climate change. He also spoke about foreign policy, saying that his time in the military will help him in that area if he is elected president. And he talked about bringing aid to people with mental health and addiction issues. “We have to act to make sure that we have more providers of mental health care, especially in areas where people have to travel too long or wait on a wait list too long to get that kind of help,” he said. “We have to support our teachers and police officers by not accepting the idea that they’re all anybody ever gets by way of mental health resources. We should honor the fact that they have a key role by insuring they have access to mental health first aid, so they know where to send somebody when there’s a problem.”The mayor was set to wrap up his tour of the Upper Valley with a town hall in Hanover.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg toured the Upper Valley on Saturday.

Among his stops was a house party in Cornish, where the South Bend, Indiana, mayor drew a crowd of more than 500.

There, Buttigieg touched on topics including health care, immigration, education and climate change. He also spoke about foreign policy, saying that his time in the military will help him in that area if he is elected president.

And he talked about bringing aid to people with mental health and addiction issues.

“We have to act to make sure that we have more providers of mental health care, especially in areas where people have to travel too long or wait on a wait list too long to get that kind of help,” he said. “We have to support our teachers and police officers by not accepting the idea that they’re all anybody ever gets by way of mental health resources. We should honor the fact that they have a key role by insuring they have access to mental health first aid, so they know where to send somebody when there’s a problem.”

The mayor was set to wrap up his tour of the Upper Valley with a town hall in Hanover.

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25 Aug

Three-dimensional facial photography can provide a simple and highly accurate method of predicting the presence of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study led by The University of Western Australia (UWA).

The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, builds on previous work identifying that the structure of the face, head, and neck played a key role in diagnosing sleep apnea.

Professor Peter Eastwood, director of the Centre for Sleep Science, and his research team ran overnight sleep studies while Syed Zulqarnain Gilani, PhD, from UWA’s School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, analyzed the 3D faces.

“What we found was that we could predict the presence of obstructive sleep apnea with 91% accuracy when craniofacial measurements from 3D photography were combined into a single predictive algorithm,” Gilani says in a release.

The study recruited 400 middle-aged men and women who took part in sleep studies at UWA’s Centre for Sleep Science and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital while their faces were analyzed from 3D photographs. Participants were also recruited from Western Australia’s Raine Study.

The study suggests that it might also be possible to predict the severity of a person’s sleep apnea from these photographs.

“This breakthrough has the potential to reduce the burden on hospitals and sleep clinics that currently run sleep studies for everyone,” Gilani says. “It can flag people at risk of sleep apnea who can then be referred for diagnosis and treatment.”

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25 Aug


SAN ANTONIOAs part of the 4th Annual Pathways to Hope Conference on mental illness, a survivor and first responder from the Sutherland Springs shooting, along with the church’s pastor shared their experience in dealing with trauma Saturday morning at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

For shooting survivor David Colbath, nothing can ever erase what he lived through the morning of Nov. 7, 2017, at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church a shooting that left 26 of his fellow worshippers dead.

Initially I was in the back of the church and I made my way halfway up to the front, Colbath said.

Part of his pathway to hope meant receiving immediate counseling at the hospital, and later, going back to the site of the massacre to express his anguish through tears.

I came to grips that the building had nothing to do with it, as the gun had nothing to do with it. It was an individual who was sick, Colbath said.

He has fought through trauma and depression, and is now able to share his experience.

Now I want to reach out and help people that have helped me (as well as) people that need help, Colbath said. I’d like to extend a helping hand to them.

Experts from the National Alliance on Mental Illness say that many times family members don’t know how to communicate with their loved one experiencing trauma, anxiety or other mental diagnosis. Mary Beth Fisk, CEO of the Ecumencial Center in San Antonio, advices people to be honest, especially with children and teens.

If your children are asking questions, answer those questions as factual as you can. Don’t try to say, Oh, it’s not important. You don’t need to know that, Fisk said.

In Bexar County, experts estimate about 400,000 people are affected by a mental diagnosis in any given year. Doug Beach, chairman of The Pathways to Hope Conference says the best way to help loved ones heal is through community awareness and support.

To learn more about the National Alliance on Mental Illness, click here to visit its website.

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25 Aug

In an interview with NeurologyLive, Michael Thorpy, MBChB, spoke about the challenges of diagnosing narcolepsy and the implications for a multimodal therapy approach.

Cataplexy is very difficult to diagnose. Some patients laugh and fall to the ground, in which case it’s easy to diagnose. But some patients have subtle evidence of cataplexy; even the patient may not be aware that they’re having it. It may be noticed by other family members and might be just a little bobbing of the head, or the head coming down, the eyelids coming down, flattening of the face, or sometimes it’s a little dysarthria—patients speaking and the voice becomes slurred. They can be very subtle, and for that reason it’s often missed and that adds to this delay in diagnosis of narcolepsy.

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24 Aug

The new MAC Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have a “lighter-than-air texture” with “all-day moisturization” paired with “intense color and soft shine.” They had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage in a single layer, and most of the shades applied evenly and smoothly to my lips without emphasizing lip texture or sinking noticeably into my lip lines.

The texture was very lightweight, lightly creamy without too much slip, yet there was a distinctive shine to the finish. The luminosity wore down within an hour or so of wear. The formula seemed like a cross between Amplified and Cremesheens, yet there was no tackiness, and the Love Me formula was much lighter and thinner (without being clingy). The wear has ranged from three to six hours and has been lightly to moderately hydrating. They had a sweet, vanilla scent (typical of the brand) but no discernible taste.

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24 Aug

Professionals in the mental-health field across the region agreed that filling crucial jobs is a priority and a challenge.

They need people.

“If you could march 60 qualified employees through my door right now, I’d be a happy person,” said Michael Mondi, corporate recruiter for Pathways.

Pathways is one of the largest national providers of outcome-based behavioral and mental-health services, operating in 17 states and Washington, D.C. In Pennsylvania, Pathways offers services through four subsidiaries, such as Children’s Behavioral Health, which specializes in providing outpatient services to children and adolescents.

“Children’s Behavioral Health covers the whole state, and I recruit for the western part of Pennsylvania,” Mondi said. “I have various hiring managers throughout all the counties and they have specific positions that they are looking for as far as the mental-health fields with individuals, adolescents with disabilities, and that sort.”  

Children’s Behavioral Health, which has several offices in Cambria and Somerset counties, is looking to fill dozens of positions, Mondi said. 

“The majority of those 60 positions are what we call therapeutic staff support (TSS) positions,” he said. “I know for Cambria County, I need over 10 TSSs that need to be placed for the start of the school year.”

Mondi noted that such jobs sees a steady flow of turnover because college graduates tend to use the work as a “stepping stone” to a career in teaching. So keeping candidates in the pipeline is crucial.

“I’m 100% optimistic,” Mondi said. “… I know there are 10 training sessions going on … for TSS hires that will be placed to start for the school year next week.

“That’s a continual cycle now,” he said. “Once the school year starts, as we get more adolescents that come on board … as we get more cases that come on board then we have more work for TSSs.”

‘The whole family’

Alternative Community Resource Program executive director Frank Janakovic says the demand to fill mental-health positions has been on the rise in recent years as area families face daily challenges.  

“With our society there’s been a lot changes from when I started 30 years ago,” Janakovic said. “A lot of single parent families, dysfunctional families, issues within the home that not only effect the parent but the child. Of course, the drug issue out there, and finances and economics.

“The best way to describe it is when I first started, it was one dimensional,” he said. “You dealt with one particular issue and you kind of dealt through that. Now the things we’re dealing with effect the whole family. 

“So it’s not just the individual anymore, and the needs have increased significantly.”   

ACRP is working to bring on several qualified candidates to fill various mental-health positions within the Johnstown-based organization

“There’s a variety of opportunities for those with bachelor’s and master’s degrees,” Janakovic said.  

Kara Ketley, ACRP human resource director, said: “I know there’s this ideology that there’s nothing available in our community. However, social work has the highest-growing demand for employment. It’s a 16% increase, which is higher than all other occupations.”

‘That extra support’

According to statistics reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 5 people ages 18 and older (18.3% or 44.7 million people) reported having a mental illness in 2016.

“We’re under pressure,” Janakovic said. “We start school soon, and some of these positions need to be filled. We’re optimistic that we’ll find that person or persons, but it is a challenge. I won’t pretend it isn’t at times.

“It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time. You look at this time of year and then you look at graduation time, but sometimes it’s very hard in those in-betweens to recruit or find staff,” he said. “At this time I’m very optimistic.

“We just filled probably six or seven positions before the school year starts,” Janakovic said. “We’ve been very fortunate to be able to receive a number of resumes and applications. Honestly, I could probably hire another 10 people for many of these positions.”

Mindy Frye, program director for Sunset Support Services, said she needs candidates, too.

“We’re looking for upwards of seven,” Frye said. “We’re always looking for qualified people to work for our company.”

Frye said that her organization is searching for direct support professionals as well as team leaders. 

“There’s definitely an overflow of people who need help,” Frye said. “There’s people in the system all over Pennsylvania just in general that need that extra support. Currently, we have 11 houses and we’re getting ready to open a couple more, so we can get people out of the system and get them into a more home-like setting.”

‘A heart for it’

Frye said the goal of the Cresson-based assisted living provider is to help mentally challenged individuals become independent.

“It’s not possible for all people we help, but that is the ultimate goal,” she said. “There’s definitely a need for qualified people that can step up and fill these caregiver positions. It really takes a special person who can do that type of position. 

“You have to have a heart for it,” Frye said. “That’s probably the most important thing, because if you’ve got that heart, everything else is just going to fall in line behind it. If you have the heart you’re going to be able to learn the skill sets required to help that person.

“This particular field has a high turnover rate because it really does require someone to have a good heart to be able to step and deal with the bad days as well as the good in order to help that individual,” she said. 

“And not everyone is built for that position.”

Frye is now encouraging those with an interest in caring for others to visit the Sunset Support Services website at www.sunsetsupportservices.com.

On Friday, Sunset Support Services held a grand opening for its new day facility Ray of Hope, located in Ebensburg.


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24 Aug

Children and youth who do not sleep enough and use screens more than recommended are more likely to act impulsively, recent research published in Pediatrics suggests.

The findings come from the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa.

“Impulsive behavior is associated with numerous mental health and addiction problems, including eating disorders, behavioral addictions and substance abuse,” Michelle Guerrero, PhD, lead author and postdoctoral fellow at the CHEO Research Institute and the University of Ottawa, says in a release.

“This study shows the importance of especially paying attention to sleep and recreational screen time, and reinforces the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. When kids follow these recommendations, they are more likely to make better decisions and act less rashly than those who do not meet the guidelines.”

The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth recommends 9-11 hours of sleep per night and no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day.

The paper analyzed data for 4,524 children from the first set of data of a large longitudinal population study called the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, which will follow participants for 10 years. In addition to sleep and screen time, the ABCD study also captures data related to physical activity. Physical activity is a third pillar of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, which recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.

The ABCD study allowed Guerrero and her team to look at the three pillars of the movement guidelines against eight measures of impulsivity, such as one’s tendency to seek out thrilling experiences, to set desired goals, to respond sensitively to rewarding or unpleasant stimuli, and to act rashly in negative and positive moods. The study results suggest that meeting all three pillars of the movement guidelines was associated with more favorable outcomes on five of the eight dimensions.

Guerrero and her team say that studies using feedback devices to measure the movement behaviors in future research will help further our understanding of how physical activity, screen time, and sleep relate to children’s impulsivity.

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24 Aug

Stirrings was one of the first companies to make a splash in the burgeoning premade mixer business, and the brand now dominates shelf space on the mixer aisle. While Stirrings has 13 mixers at present along with a host of other syrups, rimmers, and other nonalcoholic products, today we look at the flagship: Stirrings Simple Margarita Mix. A quick look at the company’s classic margarita rimmer is also included below.

Stirrings Simple Margarita Mix – Built around key limes, 20% juice (which is on the low side for a margarita mix). The mix on its own is more like a limeade, not overly sweet, with plenty of fresh lime character and little else. (Hey, it says “Simple” in the name, after all.) I liked it surprisingly well on its own, before I added blanco tequila to the mix, which introduced a significant vegetal note. Your choice of tequila (and the quantity of tequila) will impact that to some extent. Keep things on the light side to ensure things stay vibrant and focused clearly on the lime. (And consider a dash of triple sec when you whip up a batch of margaritas using Stirrings.) B+ / $12 per 750ml bottle [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Stirrings Margarita Rimmer – A blend of sea salt and “spices” (including mint), served in the usual, resealable hockey puck tin. There’s a lot of citric acid in this mix, which gives the rim an intense lemon/lime character — coming across even stronger than the salt component. The mint isn’t immediately evident, but it does give the rimmer a cooling character, which is nice if you like your margaritas extra-boozy. Ultimately, I don’t typically take salt with my margarita (or any cocktail, really), but if I do, I prefer a little more actual salt and a little less powdered, dehydrated lime. C+ / $5 per 3.5 oz tin [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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