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How COVID- 19 has impacted mental health spending

first_img continue reading » There’s no way around it—2020 has been a stressful year. Between increased health anxieties over the global coronavirus pandemic, adjusting to shelter-in-place orders, transitioning to work-from-home and learning to navigate remote learning while schools are shut down, major civil rights protests, and an uncertain economic future, it’s no wonder that Americans’ mental health is suffering.Elinore McCance-Katz, the assistant secretary for mental health and substance abuse at the Department of Health and Human Services, stated that, “We’re quite concerned with what we’re learning from the field, what’s going on in communities that have been under stay-at-home orders. There are situations in which people have lost employment. They’ve lost their jobs, the structure to their lives. This puts them in a position where they have a lot of time on their hands, stress, anxiety, and boredom.”Health experts and social workers across the country worry about how Covid-19 disruptions will impact risk factors for deaths of despair, including increased anxiety, unemployment, and lack of community connections amid social distancing guidelines.It is a well-known fact that satisfied and happy workers provide better customer service and are more productive each day, leading to a 12% spike in productivity for your business and higher profits, according to a recent study at the University of Warwick. According to Shawn Anchor, author of The Happiness Advantage, the brain works more effectively when a person is feeling positive and is more creative, adopting better problem solving skills with this positive mindset. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how the mental health industry has responded to coronavirus disruptions by shifting from in-person visits to offering broader telehealth and telemedicine services. We’ll also give you some tips for how you can best support your employees’ mental health through difficult times. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings through July 24

first_imgLady Eagle – 1. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 738; 2. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 683; 3. Kel­sie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 670; 4. Leah Wroten, Independ­ence, Iowa, 669; 5. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 668; 6. Kenzie Ritter, Keystone, Iowa, 530; 7. Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., 526; 8. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 513; 9. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 10. Brook­lynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 11. Hannah Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., 423; 12. Chelsea Clark, Cortez, Colo., 422; 13. Jenna Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 411; 14. Allison Morris, Taylor, Texas, 407; 15. Torey Fischer, West Fargo, N.D., 400; 16. Stephanie Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 395; 17. Megan Hatley, Newark, Texas, 393; 18. Jill George, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 384; 19. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 364; 20. Amanda Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., and Hannah Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, both 328. IMCA Sunoco Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 769; 2. Logan Duffy, Independ­ence, Iowa, 742; 3. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 630; 4. Mitch Manternach, Dyersville, Iowa, 561; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 553; 6. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., 543; 7. Colton Leal, Dubuque, Iowa, 531; 8. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 515; 9. Jacob Waterman, Colona, Ill., 504; 10. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 499; 11. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 498; 12. Nel­son Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 496; 13. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., and Robert Osborne, Nor­folk, Neb., both 490; 15. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 489; 16. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 466; 17. Alex Banks, Newman Grove, Neb., 426; 18. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 419; 19. Jeff A. Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 409; 20. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 404. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 782; 2. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 777; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 771; 4. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ja­son Duggins, Farmington, N.M., both 767; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 763; 7. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 759; 8. Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 757; 9. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 739; 10. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 738; 11. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 676; 12. Jason Fusselman, Avoca, Iowa, 675; 13. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn., 668; 14. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 658; 15. Solomon Bennett, Minburn, Iowa, 651; 16. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 647; 17. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton, Iowa, and Larry Rust, La Plata, N.M., both 630; 19. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 621; 20. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 620. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 795; 2. Doug Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, both 786; 4. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 780; 5. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 765; 6. Tyler Soppe, Dubuque, Iowa, 755; 7. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 737; 8. Gage Neal, Anamosa, Iowa, 732; 9. Clay Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 726; 10. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa, Iowa, 721; 11. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 717; 12. Luke Stallbaumer, Tecumseh, Kan., 716; 13. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 712; 14. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 703; 15. Camron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., and Rusty Montagne, North Sioux City, S.D., both 699; 17. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 694; 18. Chance Huston, East Moline, Ill., 691; 19. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 684; 20. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 683.  Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 794; 2. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 721; 3. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 700; 4. Dan Day, Farmersville, Texas, 637; 5. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 6. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 598; 7. Jeff Reynolds, Godley, Texas, 564; 8. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 562; 9. Jer­rett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 532; 10. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, and Tim Ihnen, Cortez, Colo., both 513; 12. Billy J. Gould, Kingwood, Texas, 511; 13. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 491; 14. Steve Blair, Cortez, Colo., 475; 15. Gary Fox, Fort Worth, Texas, 473; 16. G.W. Egbert IV, Belton, Texas, 463; 17. Brooklynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 18. Jason Hubbert, Bel­ton, Texas, 439; 19. Tate Butler, Yukon, Okla., 438; 20. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 430.  IMCA Modifieds – 1. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., and Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., both 781; 3. Tom Berry, Newburg, N.D., 779; 4. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 775; 5. Jeff Larson (B1), Freeport, Ill., 774; 6. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 756; 7. Tony Leiker, Gillette, Wy., and Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., both 752; 9. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn., 751; 10. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa, 750; 11. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 740; 12. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 734; 13. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 732; 14. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 728; 15. Bart Taylor, Sheridan, Wy., 722; 16. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif., 717; 17. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 711; 18. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 710; 19. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, and Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., both 705. center_img IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 709; 2. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 544; 3. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 531; 4. Ryan Voss, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 526; 5. Garrett Bard, Wells Tannery, Pa., 518; 6. Kyler Johnson, Quinter, Kan., 511; 7. Trefer Waller, Oneill, Neb., 506; 8. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 478; 9. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 438; 10. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 402; 11. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 393; 12. Douglas Dodson, Middletown, Pa., 382; 13. J.D. Johnson, Maize, Kan., 374; 14. Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla., 370; 15. Justin Clark, Hamersville, Ohio, 364; 16. Kyle Keen, Carlisle, Pa., 362; 17. Taylor Velasquez, Turpin, Okla., 359; 18. Johnny Scarborough, Bomoseen, Vt., 351; 19. Neil Nickolite, Bellwood, Neb., 349; 20. Jason Danley, Lincoln, Neb., 335. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steve Riojas, Waxahachie, Texas, 785; 2. Kaytee DeVries, Spen­cer, Iowa, 738; 3. R.J. Esqueda, Granada, Minn., 713; 4. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 710; 5. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 705; 6. Jaedon Erickson, Welcome, Minn., 696; 7. Bondy Cannon, Mineral Wells, Texas, 690; 8. Ted Trumbo, Saint Francis, Kan., 603; 9. Gilbert Aldape, Sioux City, Iowa, 582; 10. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 573; 11. Jack Bransom, Bur­leson, Texas, 549; 12. William Millard, Dolores, Colo., and Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., both 526; 14. Justin Dose, Biscay, Minn., 514; 15. Anthony Clark, Omaha, Neb., 502; 16. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 493; 17. Drake Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb., 479; 18. Jim Klokke, Farmington, N.M., 478; 19. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 20. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 473. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Michael Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 792; 2. Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, N.M., 783; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 779; 4. Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 767; 5. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 745; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 738; 7. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 733; 8. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 724; 9. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 718; 10. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 717; 11. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn., 701; 12. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 700; 13. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 685; 14. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 677; 15. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 675; 16. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 669; 17. Darryl Campbell, Everman, Texas, 666; 18. Jake Masters, Graettinger, Iowa, 662; 19. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 660; 20. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 655. Junior National Champion – 1. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Dallon Murty, Chel­sea, Iowa, both 767;3. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 747; 4. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 742; 5. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 703; 6. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 700; 7. Jay­den Larson, Mankato, Minn., and Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., both 658; 9. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 621; 10. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 620; 11. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 618; 12. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif., 611; 13. Cade Rich­ards, Lincoln, Neb., 600; 14. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 15. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 598; 16. Dennis Cosens, Ment­more, N.M., 573; 17. Ashton Wilkey, Batesville, Ark., 555; 18. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 549; 19. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 547; 20. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 546.last_img read more

MR EASTWOOD, BONEBREAKERS AND IT SURE IS HOT IN DUBAI – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY!

first_imgWalshyHe’s been on the terraces of Old Trafford, the corporate boxes of Croke Park and the Shed at Finn Park for that matter. But nothing made him prouder than to see the Donegal Under 14s Ladies GAA team win their first friendly. Walshy is back.RUGBY IN ROME AND DONNA’S DENEvery time an Irish team takes to the field in Rome for an international, my thoughts turn on two issues. Can Ireland win and won’t there be some craic in the Druid’s Den pub this afternoon and long into the night? And no doubt after the final whistle was blown at the Olympic Stadium last Saturday, there were quite a few green shirted supporters making their way to the Via San Martino Ai Monti 28 for this bar’s famous hospitality and equally famous refreshments. And if you happen to have Donegal blood flowing through your veins, you’re guaranteed an even warmer welcome if that’s possible.For this fine establishment is owned and run by Letterkenny woman, Donna Kilcawley, and her Italian husband, Tonino, and, along with a couple of sister pubs (Druid’s Rock being one of them), is a draw for many an Irish visitors and a sizeable proportion of home grown patrons also.I’ve only been there once – herself and myself celebrating a wedding anniversary with a trip to the Eternal City a few years back – and it was everything I’d heard it to be. We were hardly through the doors before its proprietor, recognising a couple of familiar faces and accents, was welcoming us with an embrace and taking time out for a long chat and an exchange of news from home.A social hot pot is the Druid’s Den and Donna receives many a Donegal head and regular contingents from Letterkenny. And the food’s almost as good as it once was in the old Dolphin café on Letterkenny’s Main Street which was established by Donna’s grandmother way back in the thirties but sadly is no more. Not a classic performance by Ireland in their 2015 Six Nations opener though not as tame as some pundits were making out even if you’d have to fear – and fear greatly – for this Italian team when they travel to Twickenham this weekend and there’s not even a Druid’s Den there for them to drown any sorrows they can expect to have.As for Joe Schmidts men, they’ll likely be welcoming back Johnny Sexton for Saturday’s clash with the French who weren’t wholly convincing in disposing of Scotland in Paris in their opening game.We’re already been told by those in the know that the Ireland/England encounter at the Aviva in the third series of fixtures is the one that will decide the destination of this year’s Championship. France will have their own views on that one and will arrive in Dublin with plenty to prove and the playing personnel with which to prove it.Meanwhile, encouraging wins for both the Irish women’s team and the under-20’s – Donegal connections in both squads – in their opening matches and they’ll also be hoping to follow up with victories on home soil this weekend.MICHAEL AND MIKE The real All BlackThere’s a couple of great rugby related advertisements for Guinness (the original All Black) currently doing the rounds on television and one of them features probably the greatest – with due apologies to Fred Cogley – commentator of them all, Bill McLaren. Here was someone who could make the most mundane match spring to life with a neat turn of phrase and a descriptive sentence (“he’s like a demented ferret up a wee drainpipe”) that would have you hanging on every word and smiling at most of them.Sadly, the great man passed away in 2010 but if there’s one man who goes close to equalling him for passion and that pertinent phrase, it surely has to be R.T.E. radio microphonist (there’s a new word for you), Michael Corcoran. It’s not an easy thing to do but somehow he provides you with pictures as well as sound, coloured images from the game he’s commentating on (even for those of us with black and white radio).“Consternation in the Italian defence….it’s like ordering drinks after closing time”, he described one particular Irish foray into enemy territory.Tune in with a radio for the T.V. coverage of this weekend’s game and get the picture. FROM DUBLIN TO DUBAIIt’s difficult to understand why Donegal players would want to swap the hills of Donegal for the golden sands of Dubai this weekend.So the record reads to date: victory over Derry and defeat against Dublin. And now there’s another ‘D’ on the horizon in the shape of Dubai (I still fancy Dubai to be too hot for them).Not the most encouraging of National League performances by Rory Gallagher’s men under the lights at Croker particularly as their hosts started with just four of the team from last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.Too many errors and not enough creation but hardly a game, and a result, to get too wound up about. Of course, you’ll always want to beat the Dubs but the next best thing to not beating them is to do so when it really matters come the summer months. And Gallagher and his team will need the time to make that scenario a reality.Meanwhile, Offaly manager, Pat Flanagan, has reacted to the fact that his team have only conceded a miserly eight scores in two matches by voicing the hope that they wouldn’t be labelled the “new Donegal”. The new Donegal? Offaly? “You wish, Pat”, as one social media subscriber put it.Individual performance of the weekend? Colm O’Neill’s outstanding display for Cork against a Monaghan team I still feel can make this year’s All-Ireland semi-final stages.Pass of the weekend? The one by Sean Cavanagh that led to Tyrone’s goal against Mayo in the Ulster side’s 1-11 to 1-7 win. Did someone say Mickey Harte his and team were on the way out?And finally on the G.A.A. front, a bus pulled up at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny last Saturday morning bearing a placard inside the windscreen with the words: “DONEGAL LADIES”. Making their way to Sligo for their first challenge match of the season was the girls under-14 squad and returning with a victory.And a batch of proud parents there to see it including this one.BARRY’S SPIRIT Thank you very much Mr Byrne!Over three decades since his World Featherweight title triumphs, Barry McGuigan still pops up on our television screens either in his guise as a boxing pundit or in his role as manager of the current World Super Bantamweight champion, Carl Frampton.Occasionally, too, the Clones Cyclone emerges in a reality T.V. show or some other unexpected quarters. Last Sunday night was one of these when he featured on the R.T.E. series ‘The Meaning of Life’ where host, Gay Byrne, interviews well known personalities in respect of their spiritual beliefs.It hasn’t been the easiest of lives for the Monaghan man. He lost both his father and his brother to tragic early deaths while his daughter was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia at the age of eleven, thankfully recovering.And his successes in the ring were shadowed by the demise of one of his opponents, Young Ali, in a fight in London in 1982. McGuigan won the contest with a knockout in the sixth round but Ali never recovered from a coma which he lapsed into and died five months later.So you might well have understood had the affable former boxer engaged in a similar rant against God and all things spiritual as was the case with British comedian, Stephen Fry, in the previous week’s ‘The Meaning of Life’.But, no, McGuigan still holds firm to his strong religious beliefs. Still believes in God and is convinced, even under the probing gaze of Gay Byrne, that he will some day meet his father and brother again (though as he put it himself, hopefully not for a long number of years yet).This particular edition of the programme didn’t garner the publicity the previous week’s one did but it should have. For surely here was a much more courageous and heartfelt stance than the one adopted by Fry. Undoubtedly, as far as this viewer is concerned, a win on points for the Irishman.BONE BREAKERHe has broken just about every bone in his body at some stage in his career but kept coming back for more. And now it will, as he admitted himself this week, be his heart that will break when he finally climbs down off the saddle at the end of the current season.For someone who wouldn’t know his horse from his elbow, I have nevertheless followed the career of Tony McCoy from a distance and what a career it has been. A total of 4,315 winners over jumps in Ireland and Britain including 289 in that record-breaking 2001-2002 season. Thirty winners in the prestigious Cheltenham Festival and victory in the 2010 Grand National. And even the day after he announced his pending retirement, the Northern Irishman rode Carlingford Lough to victory at Leopardstown in the Hennessy Gold Cup.Up to this week, only McCoy’s wife, Chanelle, and the man who employs him, JP McManus, knew of his intentions – his parents and best friends kept as much out of the loop as the rest of the racing world.Ironically one of the first text messages he received was from a man who wouldn’t be sending too many to McManus. “It was a very powerful message,” McCoy was quoted as describing the text from Alex Ferguson. “I’d be worried about divulging the words, it was very personal. But it almost made me cry again.”Even the man who once brandished that famous hairdryer can salute a fellow sporting great with the appropriate wording to leave a lump in the throat.HARRY’S GAMEI was close to putting the mortgage on it – and good luck to it, it’s been hanging around long enough – when Sunday night’s Match of the Day 2 announced the line-up for the Goal of the Month competition. For despite the fact, in this humble opinion, that at least three of the other efforts were better goals, the one that ultimately claimed it for January was the one registered by the man of the moment, Harry Kane. And, yeah, I know I promised never to mention him in these quarters again until he declared for the Republic of Ireland but you certainly can’t keep him out of the news (even as I write he has just netted an equalizer for the Spurs at Anfield following up that dramatic double in the North London derby).Naturally the Match of the Day crew have been calling – no, demanding – his inclusion in the England squad and that is a sooner rather than later scenario.He seems like a player with his head screwed on and is without a doubt a pure footballing gem. But you’d have to hope the English media don’t now place too much of a strain on his shoulders given their record with past hopefuls they had earmarked for greatness and who subsequently fell away into the lower divisions.GREY MATTERGrateful thanks to Paul Hume for this one. You’ve heard by now of the film that’s being released this week in Derry?Fifty Shades of Greyhound……MR EASTWOOD, BONEBREAKERS AND IT SURE IS HOT IN DUBAI – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY! was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Walshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more