Elderly suicide on mental health conference agenda

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 9 May 2016Family First Comment: And legalising euthanasia would simply make it worse.We’re being told not to forget about the older community in a bid to prevent elderly suicide.Elderly suicide is set to be discussed at a mental health conference attended by psychiatrists from New Zealand and Australia today.Spokesperson for counselling service Relationship Matters Steve Taylor said elderly people often go into care and get visits from family once every couple of weeks.He said this can make them feel lonely, helpless and without purpose.“The more that a person loses their sense of hope and purpose then the less will they have to actually be able to contribute or go on living.”He said when people grow older some people assume they don’t have much use anymore.“They have a lot to contribute, particularly to the younger generation, and I think one of the key things we could do is have a situation where we could actually talk to a lot of people and say what is it that you would like to offer, what is that you would like to contribute and how can we help you do that.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/elderly-suicide-on-metal-health-conference-agenda/last_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 25 Pittsburgh, 23-20, on last-second field goal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 The Syracuse defense slowly jogged back onto the field. The type of play that Syracuse had become accustomed to making had just been done to them. Ryan Winslow was set to punt and then he wasn’t. A harmlessly lofted throw landed in the hands of linebacker Matt Galambos, who had a first down. Syracuse, futile in it’s third-down abilities, had finally made the play it needed to. But it was erased by a trick out of its own playbook. The play extended a Pittsburgh drive that started at its own 5-yard line with 9:20 to play. And it finished with a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lost its fourth game in a row, 23-20, to No. 25 Pitt (6-1, 4-0) and second on the game’s final play. Its inability to make late defensive plays again erased a chance to win the game. In the first half the Orange and Panthers repeatedly traded scores. After a five-minute first drive that ended with just three points, it took Syracuse only two plays to respond with seven of its own. Quarterback Eric Dungey handed it off to fellow freshman Jordan Fredericks on the first play, and he took it up the gut before cutting past the secondary for 55 yards. Moments later, Dungey found Ervin Philips on a screen pass. The sophomore juked a defender and had nothing but space that separated him from the early score. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s second touchdown drive to close the first half went nearly as quickly. Following a Pittsburgh touchdown, the Orange took 71 seconds to retake the lead. Dungey hit Steve Ishmael who stopped and rose up for a 40-yard catch before corralling the touchdown a few plays later. Syracuse lost its momentum closing out the half. Kicker Ryan Norton booted a short kickoff and was called for a late hit before the Panthers got in field goal position. The Orange offense couldn’t get on track in the third quarter. Dungey broke free of a tackle in the backfield but was brought down with helmet-to-helmet contact. He was taken off the field and into the locker room. His replacement, walk-on Zack Mahoney, threw one complete pass but Dungey returned later in the quarter. But on two consecutive passes, he threw interceptions. The first was a pass over the middle that was picked off by Galambos. On the first play of the next drive, Dungey’s deep ball attempt was snagged by Lafayette Pitts. It took only one minute at the start of the fourth quarter for Pittsburgh to take its first lead since the opening moments. Running back Qadree Ollison burst through the middle on two straight plays to flip the momentum. But Syracuse drove right back down to tie it up on a field goal. The final drive was again the nail in Syracuse’s coffin. The final field goal was just a chip shot. A quick finish to lengthy, 89-yard buildup. The roar of the crowd in anticipation of a miss was silenced the second the kick went through the middle of the uprights. Commentslast_img read more