Every year more than 800 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide.
Every year more than 800 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide.
Facebook. I can’t really understand it. A picture appeared “asking me to be a friend” of a very dear friend of mine named Rose. Much illness and an “outside the box” kind of life, I have lost track of good friends, and I do feel ashamed for this. I have photos in prominent places in my home but as I do not use the phone, I have lost track. I then Googled Rose Taylor. It was her obituary from the newspaper where she was a journalist. I have been weeks now hiding the extreme sadness I feel and the regrets too. This piece is my contribution to Rose and as Rose knew my mum very well, I include this piece poetry written by Johnnie Neylon in 1977 about my mum. The poem can be found if you search my blog under Poetry.
But if I’m laid where beauty grows,
My dust may sprout a lip-red Rose,
For in this life some earthly power,
Deprived me of that sweetest flower,
I feel my soul would find repose
If God would let me have that Rose.
Saturday 28 August 2021
Charity: Rose Taylor (third from right) interviewing leprosy-affected people in Mozambique
Zoë Bunter writes:
ROSE TAYLOR, who died on 3 October, aged 62, after a short illness, spent her last years working with the Leprosy Mission England and Wales in Peterborough.
She was born in Mumbai and came to the UK in 1972. Her first job in journalism was on the Saffron Walden Reporter. From there, she went on to hold senior posts in Royston, on the Cambridge News, and the Gloucester Echo, before joining the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 2005, where she was a very successful news editor.
After a stint at the Aberdeen Press and Journal, Rose returned to Peterborough, working as a reporter for various local newspapers, before taking a post at the University of Bedfordshire. She was a committed journalist, who was also a great supporter of local community groups and charitable causes.
Most recently, Rose’s considerable talents were put to great use at the Leprosy Mission. Her last work assignment was a trip to the Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique, one of the most leprosy-affected parts of the country.
Rose spent eight days in Mozambique, meeting people affected by leprosy, and visiting projects which had been funded through the charity’s “Feet First” campaign in 2015. On her trip, Rose met some of the people who had been provided with protective sandals through Feet First.
Rose’s trip to Mozambique touched her deeply. Before she died, she said: “I am so pleased to have had the chance to see the work of the Mission for myself. It made all the work I have been doing back in Peterborough much more real. I am so pleased I had the chance to meet the people we are helping. It has been a real blessing.”
Michelle adds….I needed a place to stay, after my marriage ended; it was Rose who said come to Saffron Walden and sleep on my couch, which I did for many weeks, if not months. Many times over the years Rose came to Ireland and she would always prepare an Indian meal, lots of preparation time but absolutely superb.
By The NewsroomMonday, 10th October 2016, 4:20 pmUpdated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:53 pm
Rose with colleagues Kerry Coupe and Rachel Pishhorn during her time at the Mercury.
Rose, 62, died at Thorpe Hall Hospice on Monday (October 3) after a short battle with cancer surrounded by family and friends including her son Chris.https://buy.tinypass.com/checkout/template/cacheableShow?aid=CzNovuF3pu&templateId=OTZWZDO3AL13&templateVariantId=OTVQGIEZUG4FG&offerId=fakeOfferId&experienceId=EXTH8RD8K259&iframeId=offer_f0ccb51b30b197d67f92-0&displayMode=inline&pianoIdUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fid.tinypass.com%2Fid%2F&widget=template
Rose was known throughout the city after joining the then Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 2005 and fast building a reputation as a committed journalist who was also a great supporter of local community groups and charitable causes.
Peterbrough Telegraph Editor Mark Edwards said: “Rose was not just an immensely respected colleague she was a great personal friend. Sponsored Links Recommended by For every purchase of a Double Serum Eye, get your anti-age cream trial a mini mascara. Read More Clarins The Most Successful Solicitors in Ireland – See The List Solicitors | Sponsored Listings
“She was absolutely passionate about the paper, local journalism and, in particular, supporting campaigns and good causes.
“She was so well known in many communities and organisations across the city and would frequently give many hours of her own time to support events. She was liked and respected in equal measure by many. many people.
“Her great strength was developing young reporters and there are many careers that got of to a great start thanks to her support and advice.”
Rose was born in Mumbai and came to the UK in 1972. Her first job in journalism was on the Saffron Walden Reporter and from there she went on to hold senior roles in Royston, on the Cambridge News and the Gloucester Echo before she came to Peterborough in 2005.
After a successful stint as news editor she took up a content management role on the Aberdeen Press and Journal before returning to Peterborough. She edited the Cambridge First weekly newspaper before becoming a communicationes executive at Bedford University and latterly taking on a role at the Leprosy Mission based in Orton Goldhay. Rose also worked at the Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times and Bourne Local.
North West Cambs MP Shailesh Vara said: “It’s a great loss for all of us. Rose was a good soul in every sense of the word and a fine journalist who was passionate about Peterborough.”
Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said: “ I was very sad to learn of death of Rose.
“She was warm, kind, an old school professional journalist.”
A funeral service will be held at St Peter & All Souls Church, Geneva Street, Peterborough on Thursday, October 13 at 10.30am, followed by a reception in the parish hall.
Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the Leprosy Mission of England and Wales via its website: http://www.leprosymission.org.uk/
Fortune Favours the Brave by Michelle Marcella Clarke
TBI is known as the “silent epidemic” …. it is a life lived in a kind of secrecy and fear with many anxieties too from agoraphobia to social anxiety to obsessive fears.
Found this article in my files August 24th 2021, it is from 2015; no recall but it is of interest now but is immediately forgotten
John Hricak recalled one morning when he looked in the mirror and noticed how much he had changed. “I remember thinking, ‘Gosh, John, you’ve lost weight,'” said Hricak of Grand Forks. It was the first memory he had in the months following the Feb… Written By: Pamela D. Knudson | 3:46 pm, Jan. 31, 2015
John Hricak recalled one morning when he looked in the mirror and noticed how much he had changed.
“I remember thinking, ‘Gosh, John, you’ve lost weight,'” said Hricak of Grand Forks.
It was the first memory he had in the months following the February 2005 traffic accident when his truck was hit by a semi on I-29 near the exit to Thompson, N.D. The accident put him in the hospital and on a long path to recovery.
“I weighed 147 pounds,” he said. “I weighed 193 the day before the accident.”
The brain injury he sustained in that accident erased part of his memory.
“I don’t remember the accident or rehab,” he said. “I don’t remember anything.”
He learned from others what had happened to him, including the fact that just after the accident a nurse told his daughter-in-law not to leave the hospital because he was not expected to live.
He was in a coma, tethered to breathing and feeding tubes. Doctors drained excess fluid from his brain to relieve pressure. He lost the use of his left eye and ear.
About 5,000 Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 13,000 North Dakotans are dealing with the consequences of TBI, some of which, research shows, include the risk of developing mental disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Hricak returned to his job with the U.S. Border Patrol in Grand Forks in June 2005.
In the years following the accident, he’s had repeated memory lapses.
For example, he spent three days helping build a fence at his son’s home and took a trip to visit relatives out of state, but has no recollection of either event.
He keeps track of appointments in a calendar.
“Sometimes it is frustrating,” he said, but the challenges that other TBI survivors face put things into perspective.
Asked whether he has suffered any mental disorders, such as depression, in the years since the accident, Hricak said, “I’m sure I did. How could you not? If you lose an eye and an ear, it’s going to affect you.”
“I don’t know a person who doesn’t have a mental challenge, one way or another,” he said.
He takes a prescription medication to stabilize his moods.
Researchers say that trauma to the head can significantly increase one’s risk of developing certain mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder – in some cases by more than 400 percent.
Danish scientist Dr. Sonja Orlovska, of the Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, said although she expected to see a correlation between head injury and the subsequent risk of mental illness, she was “quite surprised” by findings of a study she led.
The correlation “was stronger than I expected,” she said in a ScienceNordic.com article in January 2014.
In the largest study of its kind, researchers followed a pool of Danes who had been admitted to the hospital with a head injury.
Orlovska and her colleagues looked for diagnoses of depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and “organic mental disorders,” a form of decreased mental function due to a medical or physical disease, rather than a psychiatric illness.
Comparing the injured people’s risk of developing disorders with the rest of the population, they found that those with head injuries were:
• 65 percent more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
• 59 percent more likely to develop a depression.
• 28 percent more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
• 439 percent more likely to suffer from organic mental disorders.
The greatest risk of developing a mental disorder is in the first year after suffering head trauma, they reported, but even after 15 years there was a significantly increased risk.
Head injury between the ages of 11 and 15 was the strongest predictor for subsequent development of schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.
“There is a significant overlap between those who have mental health disorders and TBI, but we don’t know causality,” said Rebecca Quinn, who works with the North Dakota Brain Injury Network as program director with the Center for Rural Health at UND.
Trauma to the brain “is so difficult to work with,” Quinn said. “We don’t have a complete understanding of how the brain works.”
Certain mental disorders are thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, so damage to brain structures that carry those chemicals could play a part in the development of mental disorders.
“We don’t have a grasp on that,” she said. “You can have trauma that’s psychological, physical, genetic or (related to toxin) exposure. We don’t know how they interconnect.”
In her work with people who’ve suffered TBI, she said, “I have brain-injured individuals who don’t go on to develop mental health disorders and those who do. We don’t have enough knowledge to rule anything out.”
Although there is no definite explanation to the correlation between head injuries and the subsequent development of mental disorders, Orlovska and her colleagues point to possible explanations such as trauma-induced inflammation and disruption in the balance of chemicals the brain uses to communicate between various parts of the nervous system.
Head injuries that occur in connection with a traumatic accident may produce a psychological and emotional reaction that triggers the mental disorder, experts say. The loss of bodily functions or abilities after an accident with head trauma may also affect the psyche so that the person develops a mental disorder.
TBI affects thousands
“About 13,000 North Dakotans are living with consequences of TBI, including injuries resulting from sports, falls and motor vehicles crashes,” Quinn said.
“Falls are the most common injury that causes TBI across the board,” she said. “Vehicle crashes are the cause of more severe injury.”
Slips on ice, childhood falls on the playground, and falls among construction and oil industry workers are examples of accidents that can result in significant injury, she said. “You don’t realize how something little can lead to something worse,” she said.
Injury to the brain is much different from injury to other parts of the body, Quinn said.
An injury such as a broken limb or punctured lung limits the use of that specific part, but body structures heal and regain their previous function.
“The brain controls everything we do, so a brain injury can impact everything we do,” she said.
Consequences of a brain injury can affect all aspects of one’s life, including personality, according to TraumaticBrainInjury.com.
Quinn said she’s never experienced a time when presenting on brain injuries that someone doesn’t come up afterward to share their experience. She said so many people have been impacted and never really know if a past head trauma may have been a factor.
“Some will say (of their child’s behavior), ‘I thought it was a typical teenage issue, but now we’re wondering …,'” she said.
Brain injuries do not heal like other injuries, according to TraumaticBrainInjury.com. No two brain injuries are alike and the consequences of two similar injuries may be very different. Symptoms may appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks after the injury.
“Some symptoms – like dizziness, loss of concentration, confusion, slurred speech or vision disturbances – can resolve themselves,” she said. But later symptoms such as migraine headaches, memory problems and sleep disturbances can occur.
“The brain is so mysterious it’s difficult to predict how much they will recover over time,” she said. “Some are told they’d never walk again, and now they’re walking.”
North Dakota has taken steps to learn more about how brain injuries affect its citizens, Quinn said.
In 2011, the state human services department launched a screening program that found 30 percent of individuals who access substance abuse and mental health services have a history of TBI, she said. That’s pretty consistent with other studies conducted across the country, she added.
Studies of prison inmates in Minnesota and elsewhere “have put their history of TBI above about 60 or 70 percent,” she said, “which leads researchers to ask ‘why do so many people with TBI end up in prison?'”
Minnesota has a higher recidivism, or rate of repeat criminal behavior, among those affected by TBI, she said. It is considering possible ways to rehabilitate prisoners before they leave prison to reduce their chances of returning.
TBI affects skills such as decision-making ability, memory (to remember outcomes of prior actions), impulse control and the ability to weigh consequences.
TBI is “significantly higher” among the homeless and substance-abuse populations, she said. “The skill set required to stay out of these populations isn’t there,” she said.
Hricak, who took disability retirement in 2008 at age 57, is active in the local TBI support group that meets monthly at Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.
The group, which is affiliated with the North Dakota Brain Injury Network, draws people who range in age from 11 to 68.
“We have hard times remembering, we have hard times understanding,” he said. “We have emotional issues that are not under control – like ‘normal’ people.
“We have periods of depression like everyone else. It may be worse than others, but it’s not necessarily always that way.”
The goal of the support group is “to have a place where they can be themselves,” he said.
“Like everybody else, we have good days and bad days. (People with TBI) may not be able to do things that others think they should.”
Asked if he ever questioned why he was the victim of such a traumatic accident, he said, “Maybe at first. But it is what it is. I can’t change it, so I really don’t worry about it.”
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Tomas Young joined the Army two days after September 11, 2001 and was shot and paralyzed after serving only five days in Iraq in 2004. He was the subject of the powerful 2007 documentary Body of War – with a soundtrack that included Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Bruce Springsteen – and since then, his health has worsened and he is currently under hospice care. On the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Young wrote a personal, heartbreaking letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. It was originally posted on Truthdig.com; Young has given us permission to reprint it here.
The Last Letter
To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young
I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.
I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some one million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all – the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans – my fellow veterans – whose future you stole.
Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.
I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level – moral, strategic, military and economic – Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.
I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.
I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.
My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.
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