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As part of the “Irish State of MiND: Mental Illness Awareness Week” sponsored by Active Minds, professional drummer Mike Veny spoke on his experiences of mental illness and how to combat the stigma surrounding the subject Monday night.The stigma involves “thoughts, feelings and behavior” and affects people in diverse ways, Veny said.“Where does stigma come from? It’s a giant debate, but I want to give you two observations that I’ve had,” he said. “One, is the law of the tribe. We are tribal people by nature, even if you’re one of those people who hates people and doesn’t want to be around anyone.“You can see where stigma starts in a kindergarten classroom. The way we learn to socialize with each other is by figuring out who’s in the group and who’s not in the group.”Veny said the stigma surrounding mental illness may also come from people’s inability to understand it.“The other thing is to realize that mental health issues are confusing and frustrating,” he said. “They’re very confusing, even to people who study them.”Beginning from a young age, Veny said, he experienced mental illness, including OCD, anxiety and depression. He was expelled from school twice, self-harmed and had attempted suicide.One day, Veny said, his mother asked him what made him happy, in an effort to help him combat his mental illness. His answer? Drumming. In response, his mother enrolled him in a performing arts high school as a junior, Veny said.“So there I was amongst my fellow artists and my medication started to get reduced, I started going to the doctor less, my grades started going up,” he said. “It was really cool. And people started wanting to be my friend. Like when I started playing the drums, people wanted to be my friend. They thought I was cool. I wasn’t the weird, crazy person anymore.”One day while in class, one of Veny’s teachers started talking down to him and Veny said he expected to react in a way that would get him expelled.“But one day, in October — around this time actually — I did have this one teacher who was just nasty to me,” he said. “He spoke down to me and I got triggered and I knew that it was done. It was like ‘Here we are. This is happening. Police, suspended, expelled — something’s going to happen.’”However, he said, he decided to play the drums in a practice room instead. He said he used this method to calm down in other situations and eventually, one of his teachers asked him “a question that changed [his] life.” The teacher wanted to hire Veny to play in the teacher’s band.“That moment, the lightbulb went off in my head,” Veny said. “When I got emotional, angry, upset, depressed, anxious and did the other thing, I ended up in the hospital, with police, suspended or expelled. But when I got anxious or depressed and played the drums, people want to give me money. And it was at that point, I said ‘Oh, I think I know what my career needs to be.’”Veny said even though drumming helped him cope with his mental illness, he still carried stigma surrounding it for many years.“I realized, as I was learning about stigma online, that stigma is actually a cycle, that starts with shame, leads to silence and the silence leads to four things: sabotage, self-destructive behavior, social injustice and suicide,” he said.Veny said the key to transforming the shame of stigma is to practice self-care.“The thing that I learned is … once I started to take care of myself, I started to feel better,” he said. “So I encourage all of you to transform shame through self-care.”To break the silence around mental illness, Veny said, people should become comfortable talking about the subject. Veny said he did an experiment for one year — though he made audience members promise not to recreate it — where he introduced himself to people and told them he was mentally ill.“That year was really interesting because not a single person ran from me, no one attacked me, I actually got a lot of hugs,” he said. “I got a lot of questions. And I got a lot of friends that year. … I realized it wasn’t the subject. I was comfortable with myself, so it didn’t matter what I said.”The way to defeat the last part of stigma is to connect with others, Veny said.“How do you transform sabotage, social injustice, suicidal behavior?” he said. “How do you transform that? Connecting with others. You have to force yourself to connect with others. We live in a world that’s all about cell phones. We don’t ever sit around and do stuff and people have a harder time socializing today than ever before. It’s really important for all of us to do that.”Tags: Drumming, mental illness, Mike Veny
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA new grant will help University of Georgia and Clemson University scientists show farmers a new technology that will help them conserve water and improve the yields of their crops.The scientists will use a three-year, $500,000 Natural Resource Conservation Service grant to install on farms and conduct field days for variable-rate irrigation systems.Five center-pivot irrigation systems in Georgia and one in South Carolina will be retrofitted with VRI technology each year for the next three years, said Calvin Perry, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”The goal of this project is to take an innovative product like VRI to farmers,” said Perry, who is also an engineer with the UGA department of biological and agricultural engineering, “and let them test it and see it working and get them interested in using it.”Crops have to have water from rain or irrigation to grow properly. The center pivot is commonly used for irrigation in Georgia.A center pivot is a pipe that can be as long as several football fields. It’s attached to a water pump in the center or at the edge of a field. Small nozzle sprayers dangle from the pipe, which can stand 15 feet above the ground. It’s supported by triangular steel ribs on wheels. The entire system pivots in a full or half circle in the field.Farmers don’t have much control over how much water the nozzles spray as they pass over crops like peanuts, cotton or corn.Fields, even small ones, can vary widely in topography and soil types. Some places can be wetter or drier than other places in the same field.The concept behind VRI technology is simple: Apply water when and where crops need it. Don’t apply it where they don’t. VRI technology uses computer maps, sensors and software to control where and how much water the nozzles on a center pivot spray on crops.The VRI technology for this project was developed at UGA’s National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory in Tifton, Ga. UGA is in the process of getting a patent for the technology, Perry said.UGA scientists have tested the water efficiency of VRI systems on one farmer-owned field in east Georgia and two in south Georgia. The VRI systems allowed the farmers to place the right amount of water on their crops for optimal yields and reduce the water used by 8 percent to 20 percent in each year.”In most cases,” Perry said, “VRI conserves water.”There are about 10,000 center pivots in Georgia, said Kerry Harrison, an irrigation specialist with the UGA Extension Service. They’re used to water about 75 percent of Georgia’s 1.5 million acres of irrigated cropland.The grant funds will be used to identify VRI-suitable pivots in Georgia and South Carolina, Perry said. Web sites and other educational materials will be created to inform and educate stakeholders and policymakers in both states on VRI systems’ benefits for communities.To find out more about VRI, call (229) 386-3377. Or go to the Web site (www.nespal.org/vri).