Writing Can Help Support Mental Health


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How Writing Can Help Support Your Mental Health

We all do little things to boost the way we feel and think throughout the day. Something as simple as taking a walk or eating a piece of chocolate can brighten your mood almost instantly, thanks to certain chemical reactions that occur in the brain.

But these momentary pleasures are just that: momentary. If you’re going through something complex and need a creative outlet that allows you to express what you’re feeling, remember it, and process it, you need a more permanent practice.

That’s where writing comes in.

A popular practice in therapy, the act of writing or journaling can help you better comprehend your thoughts and feelings. This is because writing tends to rouse questions about your life and direction, which is the principal reason that so many highly successful people keep journals.

“Journaling is one of the best methods of self-care therapy,” says life coach and author Dr. Stacia Pierce. “Once the words and images hit the paper, you have now crystallized a thought or idea.”

Through the process of populating a blank page with letters and words, writing can be a useful mental health tool that both records your experiences and allows you to work through them.

As Mental Health Awareness Month begins, it’s worth learning about the ways that you can use writing to support your mental well-being. There’s real power behind the pen—here’s why.

Use writing for mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness are tried-and-true techniques for improving mental wellness, but can writing have the same effect? Research published by Cambridge University Press revealed how the act of writing for a mere 20 minutes each day can work in much the same way.

After engaging in daily “expressive writing” without downplaying any emotions, participants who wrote freely and vividly about their feelings had better mental health indexes than those who wrote without this direction.

By focusing on a particular moment and getting it all out there on the page, you can free yourself from any of the other concerns or anxieties that are crowding your mind. This way, you can use writing as an avenue to mindfulness and as a way of relieving stress.

Clear your mind

Another benefit to writing is its ability to clear your mind of worries, negative thoughts, or sources of pain. Whether you’re struggling with your mental health or not, we all know what it’s like when a dark cloud of emotions descends upon you—it can be heavy, disruptive, and even debilitating.

Clearing your brain of negative thoughts can be really tough work, but writing can speed up the process of restoring mental clarity. Diane Barth, a licensed clinical social worker, claims that journaling is a great way to “spring-clean” the mind. The key is to dive deep, confront your emotions head-on, and remember not to shy away from traumatic moments.

In fact, researchers at The University of Texas, Austin found that people were more likely to talk to others about a traumatic event after writing about it privately. This research powerfully suggests that writing can indirectly lead to reaching out for support, which can mean even greater healing and relief.

Become more self-aware

Writing doesn’t always have to be about working through your deepest thoughts and feelings, however. Beyond its application for self-care, writing down trivial facts about everyday life can have a meaningful impact later on.

In a study by Harvard University, undergraduate students were asked to write down a range of insignificant facts in a journal—like an inside joke, a song they had listened to recently, or an update they shared on social media. The students then rated their level of interest in the things they wrote down on a scale of one to seven, which returned an average of three. Three months later, the students were shown these journals again and asked to rate their level of interest once more. This time, the average interest level was 4.34.

What the study reveals about writing is that even those meaningless aspects of day-to-day living have value. Moreover, having access to those things and being able to return to them might imbue them with meaning in the future. This level of awareness, and self-awareness, can be extremely useful in shifting to a more positive mindset overall.

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COVID-19: Nigeria Impounds British Plane For Operating Commercial Flights Into The Country


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The Government of Nigeria has impounded an aircraft, owned by a British company, for disrespecting its territorial authority by operating passenger flights into Nigeria without approval.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Sunday via his Twitter handle, @hadisirika.

According to the minister, Flair Aviation, was authorized to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights.

Mr. Sirika added that in addition to the confiscation of the aircraft, a “penalty” would be imposed on the airline for contravening the country’s ban on commercial flights as part of measures to check the spread of coronavirus.

The crew are also being interrogated as there shall be maximum penalty for the offence, he said.

He tweeted: “COVID-19. Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably, we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous! The craft is impounded, the crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve.”

Since March Nigerian airports and airspace were shut in March by the President Muhammadu Buhari, stopping both local and international.

The closure was extended on May 6 by another four weeks by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, “after due consultations with experts.”

Amidst lockdown ease, Nigeria’s weekly COVID-19 cases reduce, recoveries double


As Nigerians continue to experience the nationwide ease in lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, the country recorded a 16 per cent drop in coronavirus cases last week compared to the previous week, an analysis of data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows.

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Former De La Salle Revesby student awarded $1.5 million for child sex abuse


By Kindness Post date 17/05/2020

A former De La Salle Revesby student has been awarded $1.5 million for child sex abuse.

In what can only be described as a monumental win for survivors, a survivor of child sex abuse at the hands of a De La Salle Revesby teacher was awarded a massive $1.5 million dollars in a civil suit for damages. We have put this up as a case study to give hope to other survivors

On 5 October 2018, the Supreme Court of New South Wales entered Judgment in favour of a Plaintiff who was the victim of child sexual abuse, in the amount of $1,548,488.75 plus costs. FACAA have been asked to run this story to encourage other Survivors to speak out and seek justice.

The Judgment was adopted from the findings of former Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, Ms Margaret Sidis. Also, Ms Sidis was appointed through the Court’s referral process (20.14 to 20.24 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005). In addition she was appointed as a Referee to assess the quantum of damages of the Plaintiff’s claim.

For the purposes of the referral, it was accepted that there was a breach of duty of care. Additionally, that the breach caused the Plaintiff loss and damages.

The Plaintiff was the victim of prolonged and horrific sexual and physical abuse. This occurred when he was a student (Year 6) at De La Salle College, Revesby Heights in the early 1980’s. He was only 11 to 12 years of age. The abuse was perpetrated by his class teacher, Mr Errol Swain. Swain died in November 1985 after being exposed as a serial paedophile.

Mr Swain had also taught religious studies and was even allowed by the Principal to live on the School’s premises in a caravan. There have been numerous other allegations of physical and sexual abuse made by students against Mr Swain. In fact, these going back to when he was a teacher at De La Salle, Bankstown in the 1960’s.

The Referee assessed each head of damage as follows:

Damages

Non-Economic Loss (assessed at 50% of a Most Extreme Case) $306,500

Past Economic Loss $474,462

Past Superannuation Loss $52,191

Interest on Past Economic Loss $189,595

Future Income Loss $405,420

Future Superannuation Loss $50,427

Past Medical Expenses $10,988.75

Future Medical Expenses $58,905

The Referee’s reasoning offers much needed guidance in assessing personal injury damages for victims of childhood sexual and physical abuse.

Firstly, the Referee found that the physical abuse the Plaintiff was subjected to was connected to the sexual abuse and warranted consideration in her determination of non-economic loss. She found that the physical abuse, which consisted of strappings with a 30-cm long strap made of three layers of thick leather, was a means of isolating the Plaintiff in the pretext of allowing him to recover. Specifically Mr Swain would utilise the opportunity to sexually abuse the Plaintiff under the guise of comforting the Plaintiff.

This was previously a point of contention as the Defendants submitted that the physical abuse wasn’t serious enough to be considered in the assessment of damages as it was a normalised form of discipline. The Referee dismissed this argument. In doing so, acknowledged the evidence of the Defendant’s expert psychiatrist that Mr Swain was a “brutal teacher with a sadistic nature”.

The Referee considered that the Plaintiff was left traumatised by the abuse from an authority figure acting on the instruction of the Catholic School. As a result, he lost faith, trust and self-esteem. He experienced guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, nightmares and vivid flashbacks.

Loss of Earning Capacity

When determining the Plaintiff’s loss of earning capacity, the Referee found that had it not been for the abuse, he would have achieved better outcomes academically and been afforded the opportunity to attain university qualifications.

She found that the evidence established that the Plaintiff had the intellectual capacity to achieve a higher level of education. The deficiencies in his schooling at the School was a result of the sexual and physical abuse by Mr Swain. It was these deficiencies which prevented him from attaining the higher level of education that he was capable of achieving.

The Referee found that the Plaintiff, but for the abuse, would have had the capacity to earn 20% above the average weekly wage of male employees in New South Wales.

Also, the Referee allowed amounts for ongoing medical treatment needs including times of relapses in his condition.

Prolonged Abuse

The Plaintiff was subjected to a prolonged period of physical and sexual abuse. Subsequently this judgement has now provided justice. Indeed, this occurred at a crucial time in his life when he was a vulnerable child.

The long standing impact upon an individual is significant.
We can only hope that the Judgment and Referee’s findings and reasons pave the way for victims of historic child sexual abuse. Therefore victims may get the justice they deserve.

The Plaintiff who wishes to remain private stated that he was very pleased with the outcome. He felt vindicated for pursuing his claim, although it has been a difficult time. Additionally he added that he hoped that he may have helped any other former students or victims who were abused by Swain. Also, to aid them in their fight for justice and accountability.

Well done to Koffels the lawyers behind this incredible decision on behalf of a survivor of child abuse, there is hope for survivors ! You can sue your abusers and there are people willing to help you seek justice.

Every Survivor who comes forward provides another piece in the puzzle that leads to justice and the truth finally being told.

How did Osama bin Laden really die?


Date: May 17, 2020 Author: Nwo Report

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From the evidence, the case could be made that if President Barack Obama had terrorist Osama bin Laden killed in May 2011 at the latter’s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan, Obama would have had to bring him back from the dead to do so.

On December 26, 2001, the Egyptian newspaper a-l Wafd posted a death announcement for bin Laden, citing as its source “a prominent official in the Afghan Taleban movement.”  According to the source, bin Laden had received a formal Islamic burial ten days prior in Tora Bora.

On July 30, 2002, CNN headlined an article “Sources: No bodyguards, no bin Laden.”  Apparently, several members of bin Laden’s security team had been captured and shipped to Guantanamo.  Reported CNN, “Some high-level U.S. officials are already convinced by such evidence that bin Laden, who has not been seen or heard from in months, is dead.”

On October 7, 2002, CNN ran a speculative article citing Afghan president Hamid Karzai, headlined “Karzai: bin Laden ‘probably’ dead.”  On May 10, 2003, the U.K.’s Independent headlined an article, “Bin Laden died from wounds suffered in Tora Bora air raid, says Arab expert.”  The expert in question traced his death to December 2001, the same month as the notice in the Egyptian paper.

Bin Laden had been in poor health for several years.  In March 2000, Asia Week described him as having “a kidney infection that is propagating itself to the liver and requires specialized treatment.”  Additionally, a mobile dialysis machine had been delivered to his hideout in Kandahar in the first half of 2000.  Examining a video from December 2001, CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta argued that bin Laden was likely suffering from “chronic kidney failure, renal failure.”

Le Figaro of France reported that bin Laden had made several discreet trips to Dubai for treatment before September 11, 2001.  Clearly, he had a chronic, life-threatening illness.  For him to have lived ten years after the September 11 attacks without access to high-level care would have required a minor miracle.  With his almost total control of the American media, Barack Obama was the one president capable of pulling a miracle off.

There are those who believe that Operation Neptune Spear was orchestrated to improve Obama’s falling poll numbers and remove his questionable birth certificate from the news.  Whatever the real objective of the raid, skeptics argue, it was not to capture bin Laden.

In Spring 2011, Obama was feeling the heat.  Donald Trump had forced the birth certificate issue into the mainstream media, and Jerome Corsi’s much anticipated book, Where’s the Birth Certificate?, was due to be released on May 18.  Under pressure to respond, Obama made an unusual TV appearance on April 27 to put the issue to rest.

Five days later, Obama was back on TV announcing what Politico called an “astounding military and intelligence triumph.”  Unfortunately, there were as many unanswered questions about bin Laden’s announced death as there were about Obama’s announced birth certificate.

Appearing on 60 Minutes after the raid, Obama said: “This was a very difficult decision, in part because the evidence we had was not absolutely conclusive.”  Obama chief of staff Leon Panetta wrote in his memoir, Worthy Fights, “The doubts and worries were heavy.”  Panetta cited the concern of defense secretary Robert Gates that “our evidence remained entirely circumstantial.”

Obama did little to shore up that evidence after the fact.  Skeptics asked why there were no photos or videos of bin Laden, dead or alive.  The administration said they were “too gruesome” and would have posed a grave risk to national security.

John Brennan, then Obama’s counter-terrorism adviser, briefed reporters the day after the raid.  “We are going to do everything we can to make sure that nobody has any basis to deny that we got Osama bin Laden,” said Brennan.

“Everything we can” should have included showing the body.  It was allegedly taken by helicopter to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea, about 850 miles from the compound where bin Laden was supposedly killed.

All but a few of the ship’s 5,000 crew members were ordered below deck before the body was dropped into the sea.  A CBS News report on the ship’s return to San Diego on June 16 noted that the sailors were “sworn to secrecy about their historic mission,” a mission that only a handful witnessed.

Judicial Watch, through a FOIA request, received heavily redacted copies of relevant emails among military brass.  As the emails make clear, “less than a dozen” officers were even informed of the burial, and “no sailors watched.”  There was also great concern expressed that the brass get the story straight before the ship returned to San Diego.

The emails also claim “that traditional practice for Islamic burial was followed.”  But Mohammed al-Qubaisi, Dubai’s grand mufti, said of the bin Laden burial: “They can say they buried him at sea, but they cannot say they did it according to Islam.  Sea burials are permissible for Muslims in extraordinary circumstances. This is not one of them.”

Two years after the raid at Abbottabad, Admiral William McRaven had all photos, videos, and documents destroyed, allegedly because Navy protocol demanded it.  The Department of the Navy Records Management Program (DONRM), however, does not support McRaven’s claim.  DONRM has, as its principal goal, the “preservation of records having long-term permanent worth.”  If any records had such worth, it would seem that those from Operation Neptune Spearhead did.

Questionable too is the famed picture of Obama in the Situation Room, allegedly watching the raid in progress.  The photo was likely staged, perhaps even Photoshopped.  As Leon Panetta later admitted, “[w]e had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”  A close examination of the Situation Room photo shows Obama with a tinge of gray in his hair that was absent from his TV presentation supposedly just hours later.

Then, too, the story about the raid kept changing.  In its day-after article, Politico knowingly reported, “Bin Laden was shot in the face by the SEALs during a firefight after resisting capture.”  Politico’s source was John Brennan, whose credibility was considerably higher then than now.  Brennan claimed that the team was prepared to take bin Laden alive, but he resisted, using a wife as a human shield.

There were a few in the media who remained skeptical.  A day later, on May 3, one asked Obama spokesman Jay Carney about Brennan’s misstatements “such as that the wife was shielding bin Laden and it turned out it wasn’t the wife and there may not have been a shield and it wasn’t clear whether or not bin Laden had a gun.”

Carney responded by providing the media a sanitized “narrative” of events: “They were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation, and Osama bin Laden was killed by the assaulting force.”  When asked, Carney was even less specific about what, if anything, the national security team watched in the Situation Room.

Where Obama was on the day of the Abbottabad raid finally remains as uncertain as where he was on the night of the attack on the Benghazi consulate four months later.  In the latter case, eight months would pass before a reporter asked the question Chris Wallace of Fox News put to presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer: “What did the president do the rest of that night to pursue Benghazi?”

When Pfeiffer stonewalled, Wallace pressed, “No one knows where he was, or how he was involved, or who told him there were no forces.”

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Abigail and the Philistines


By Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser – May 15, 2020 Israel Bible Center

When David asks the wealthy Nabal for food, the rich man refuses but Abigail circumvents her husband’s haughtiness. Nabal’s foolishness fits his name (1 Sam 25:25), and his behavior recalls the curses in Deuteronomy. By contrast, Abigail’s acceptance of David highlights her hospitality. Along with her admirable actions, she also gives David a prophetic pep talk. Abigail’s address recalls David’s victory over the Philistine Goliath and also anticipates Saul’s demise at the hands of the Philistines.

Abigail tells David, “A person has risen (קום; qum) to pursue (רדף; radaph) you and to seek your life. But the life of my lord will be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord your God, and the lives of your enemies [God] will sling (קלע; qala) as from the middle of the sling (קלע; qela)” (1 Sam 25:29). Thus far, the person “pursuing” (רדף; radaph) David has been Saul (cf. 1 Sam 23:25-28; 24:14). However, Abigail also evokes Goliath, who “rose (קום; qum)” against David (1 Sam 17:48). In response, the young shepherd “took out a stone, slung [it] (קלע; qala), and struck the Philistine… [and] David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling (קלע; qela)” (17:49-50). Thus, when Abigail mentions the enemies who rise against David being slung away as with a sling, she both alludes to Saul and recalls Goliath the Philistine.

Abigail’s language also presages Saul asking Samuel about an impending Philistine threat. Abigail tells David that he will be “bound (צרר; tsarar) in the bundle (צרור; tseror) of life with the Lord” who will defeat his “enemy (איב; oyev)” (25:29). The Hebrew word forbound” (צרר; tsarar) can also mean “distressed,” as is the case only three chapters later. When Saul visits Endor and conjures Samuel from the realm of the dead, Saul tells the deceased prophet, “I am very distressed (צרר; tsarar) for the Philistines make war against me” (1 Sam 28:14). In response, Samuel tells Saul, “The Lord has departed from you and become your enemy (איב; oyev)” (28:16). Abigail’s words to David—צרר and איב—foreshadow this later conversation, though her assertion that David will be safely “bound” (צרר) turns into Saul being “distressed” (צרר) at God’s silence. Saul’s concern over divine absence comes to fruition when he dies battling the Philistines (see 1 Samuel 31).