SALT LAKE CITY, UT–(Marketwired – Apr 6, 2013) – Research on psychiatric epidemiology shows that mental disorders affect tens of millions of people each year in the US alone. Advocates such as Gary Larcenaire of Valley Mental Health have advocated an increase in research funds to be invested into understanding mental health, identifying potential biological drivers of mental health disorders, and possible therapeutic options. Additionally, there is an increased need to developing better education programs on how families of mental health disorder patients should better aid their love ones’ needs. Gary Larcenaire is a renowned advocate for mental health awareness. Larcenaire was first drawn to advocating for patients of mental health following his personal experience with schizophrenia. Larcenaire’s brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia before he was 20 years old.
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CINCINNATI, OH–(Marketwired – Apr 5, 2013) – At the Kings Ford Dealership in Cincinnati, OH, it isn’t all about just selling new and used cars in Cincinnati. It’s about community and helping others. Back in 2009, Bob Creed Jr., Director of Innovations & Technology at Kings Ford, took a simple idea and ran with it by turning it into an opportunity to make the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses come true. With the aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Bob and the rest of the team at Kings Ford were able to do just that. After brainstorming with family, friends, clients and coworkers, Bob landed upon the idea of gathering together everyone he knew personally and in his customer database that played golf to coordinate a sponsored event to benefit these kids and their families to make their wishes come true by putting together a charity event golf tournament. The outing has grown substantially year after year with a lot more individual donations and golfers, thanks to the help of volunteers and the support of Fairfield Green Golf Course, and to date they have raised over $43,000 and will be sponsoring two children in 2013.
Foster carers and armed services families will be exempt from controversial changes to housing benefit, ministers say.
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WASHINGTON — The Senate’s Republican leader says the automatic spending cuts that just started to kick in are modest and a step toward curing Washington of its “spending addiction.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell says the across-the-board cuts are not as devastating as some predicted. The Kentucky Republican also says families have had to trim their budgets and can appreciate Washington’s step to curb spending.
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‘Is the idea of a “productive” family, or a “productive” romantic relationship, inherently absurd? Not necessarily’
You can probably imagine my initial reaction upon seeing the Wall Street Journal headline Run Your Family Like A Business. But, as it happens, you don’t need to: an artist happened to be passing and captured my expression in a
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Feb. 20, 2013) - Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (CST) applauds the Government of British Columbia for announcing a new grant for families who have invested in their child’s post-secondary education through a Registered Education Savings Plan.
Average family’s weekly grocery bill would top £450 instead of £77 if food costs had risen in line with house prices since 1971
The average family’s weekly grocery bill would be more than £450 if the cost of food and drink had risen in line with house prices over the past four decades, according to research by Shelter.
The housing charity compared the changing cost of homes and shopping from 1971, which it said was the earliest date from which consistent records were available. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in 1971 families were spending an average of £10.40 on their weekly shop, while the average home cost £5,632.
By 2011, the average property price was £245,319. If the cost of groceries had kept pace, a family’s weekly shopping bill would have hit £453 by 2011, a pint of milk would cost £10.45, while a whole chicken would have a price tag of £51.18, Shelter said. Instead, the average weekly spend by a family of four grew by around seven-and-half-times to £77.40. More important is how house prices have risen in relation to average incomes. While in 1971 the average income was around £2,000 and properties cost around 2.8 times that, by 2011, the average property price had risen to more than nine times the median full-time salary of £26,200.
Shelter said the figures illustrated “the extent of the UK’s dysfunctional housing market” and highlighted the difficulties young people and families were having in finding a stable and affordable home.
The charity’s chief executive, Campbell Robb, said while rising food prices caused concern: “When it comes to the huge rise in the cost of buying a home over the past few decades, somehow this is seen as normal – even welcome – despite the impact it’s having on a generation desperate for a home of their own.”
He added: “Today’s dysfunctional housing market isn’t the result of the credit crunch or more restrained mortgage lending, but decades of underinvestment in building enough affordable homes.”
In his speech on child poverty (Three-quarters of local authorities to put up council tax for poorest families, 30 January), the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, described addiction as “one important form of poverty”. This confuses one problem with another. While fewer than 5% of all adults are either problem drug or alcohol users (and we don’t know how many of these are poor, or parents), we do know that 27% of children are living in poverty. Child poverty is the result of many problems: low income being key.
The government has a legal duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020. Latest estimates suggest that hundreds of thousands more children will be living in poverty by that date, including 200,000 more as a result of the real terms cuts in the benefits uprating bill, that will reduce the income of disadvantaged families. The government is consulting on how best to measure child poverty. As End Child Poverty members, we believe it would do better to look harder at how it can actually reduce child poverty now. While helping those children who have parents who face addiction is a vital task, it is not synonymous with tackling child poverty. The government needs to recognise all of the elements that lie at the heart of what is actually making children in the UK poor and take immediate steps to end child poverty once and for all.
Enver Solomon Chair, End Child Poverty and director of evidence and impact, National Children’s Bureau
Gerri McAndrew Chief executive, Buttle UK
Matthew Reed Chief executive, Children’s Society
Srabani Sen Chief executive, Contact a Family
Alison Garnham Chief executive, CPAG
Anand Shukla Chief executive, Daycare Trust and Family and Parenting Institute
Helen Dent CBE Chief executive, Family Action
Fiona Weir Chief executive, Gingerbread
Faiza Khan Deputy chief executive, NCVYS
Richard Exell Senior policy officer, TUC
Alison Marshall Public affairs director, Unicef UK
Anne Longfield Chief executive, 4Children
Anne Marie Carrie Chief executive, Barnardo’s
• George Osborne’s ill thought-out austerity measures (opposed now by the IMF on purely economic grounds) are creating swaths of citizens who can no longer feed themselves or their families adequately. The number of food banks has risen six-fold since 2010. The remarks made by Downing Street (High benefits mean food banks should not be needed, 30 January) are astonishing comments made by a party intent upon making Britain work for the privileged few at the cost of the rest of us. “If people are desperate for food, then it is their fault for not making enough money” has become the mantra, while fast-rising rents, falling real wages and rising food prices have created the perfect storm for poverty. The devastating benefit cuts, affecting those in work, seeking work and unfit for work, are pulling the rug further out from the needy. Until there is a living wage for all, decent benefits to meet the real costs of living, an end to zero-hours contracts and casualised employment, sadly the need – the desperate, unavoidable need – for food banks is only going to increase.
Leader, Green party of England and Wales
More than a million better-off families will lose some or all of their child benefit, under changes which came into force at midnight.
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