Mental health awareness month to focus on sharing stories

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USG Media TeamThe USC Academic Culture Assembly will continue to execute its plans for its third annual Mental Health Awareness Month in October with eight events, including student panels and interactive attractions. The MHA events will run through the month of October.According to the ACA, the organization aims to initiate important conversations that destigmatize and explore the intense complexity of mental health.Communications Director Abigail Jackson said the assembly aims to reveal how mental health is a pervasive issue in University culture throughout October, even if struggles individuals face are not always visible.“With mental health, you could see someone on the street and not see any markers of [mental health issues],” Jackson said. “In a lot of ways, that could be pretty isolating for someone who is struggling with mental health problems, because they don’t see anyone else struggling with the same thing.”Every year, the topics and conversations surrounding Mental Health Awareness Month are centralized under a main theme. Last year’s topic focused on self-care and community care, while this year, the assembly’s topic is “Uncovering Hidden Wounds: Recognizing and Sharing Our Mental Health Stories.”Jeffrey Cho, ACA’s financial director, explained how this year’s theme will feature current USC students and professionals to discuss their own mental health experiences and resources.“This year, we wanted to focus on highlighting student experiences with their mental health journeys,” Cho said.For example, one of the first events held emphasized the recognition of one’s mental wounds. During this event, the ACA hosted a panel of counselors and psychiatrists from the Engemann Student Health Center to discuss  specific symptoms and coping mechanisms for different mental illnesses, bolstering awareness for others and themselves.Cho explains how the programming intends to reach all audiences, but it especially focuses on freshmen who may find the resources helpful during their first year.“We are trying to also consider the freshmen that are going through this big and kind of scary transition of being an adult for the first time,” Cho said. “They should be comfortable tackling mental health issues and owning their first year here at USC.”On Tuesday, the ACA will host a panel of students who hold executive positions of different organizations to discuss their experiences with mental health. According to Cho, the purpose of the event is to show how all kinds of students struggle with mental health and destigmatize the conversation surrounding it.Due to the magnitude of this event, the planning for MHA began over the summer under the direction of Mental Health Awareness Month Director Jamie Wu, along with two assistant directors, Dennis Woo and Cynthia Jiang. Over the past few months, they have been reaching out to professionals, students and speakers on campus and beyond.The organization will hold a Mental Health Resource Fair on Oct. 24 on Trousdale Parkway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide students with more information about resources from organizations on campus.“We want to have programming that is widely accessible to every USC student and have events that are relevant to every student, especially so we can have USC students be aware of the greater picture behind the various issues we are hosting events about,” Cho said.last_img read more

Dallas Keuchel reportedly open to one-year deal after market seemingly goes dry

first_imgDallas Keuchel is believed open to the right 1-year deal, then resetting. One under the radar team: maybe Milwaukee, which has been linked to Kimbrel and has been willing to give up draft choice at times (ie Grandal, Lohse). Phillies, Padres, Astros are among other possibilities.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 18, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNIf he were to sign that type of deal, he would do so planning to hit the open market again in 2020. Teams that may have interest include the Brewers, Phillies, Padres and Astros.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, though, notes with the Brewers, the team would have to give up a third draft pick this season if it were to sign Keuchel to any kind of deal, which could eliminate them from the running.For #Brewers, it would be surrendering a third draft choice in 2019. Traded Competitive Balance Round A pick for Alex Claudio and forfeited third-rounder for signing Yasmani Grandal. https://t.co/Wez4D3ZjCT— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 18, 2019It should also be noted that Brewers general manager David Stears was the assistant general manager with the Astros in 2012 when Keuchel made his MLB debut, so he has a history with the lefty.Keuchel reportedly turned down a five-year, $90 million deal with the Astros in 2016 and changed agents in 2017 to Scott Boras.Boras is famous for having his clients go to the free-agent market to start a bidding war for his players. He did that with Bryce Harper this year and also with Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez in 2018.For Keuchel, it hasn’t worked out as he remains a free agent three weeks into the season.Keuchel told Houston Station Fox26 in February he wasn’t hitting the panic button and was just focused on getting himself ready for the season. Dallas Keuchel went into this offseason looking for a long-term deal, but that contract appears not to be in the cards for the Cy Young winner.The former Astros starting pitcher is now open to one-year deals at the right price, according to Fancred Sports. “I’m calm and collected outside the field,” Keuchel said. “I don’t really hit the panic button at all. I’m worried about getting myself ready and up to speed. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule compared to the last few years.”At the same time, I’d like to get out there and meet new teammates or meet old teammates. When that time comes, it’ll be nice.”last_img read more