By- Dr. David PrescottProgress Has Been Made on Suicide Awareness: Thanks to efforts of many groups such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and, more locally, the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program, public awareness about suicide and suicide risk factors has improved. However, suicide continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States, and helping people cope with suicide continues to be a significant public health issue. Who is Most at Risk for Suicide? Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death in America for people between the ages of 18 and 65, and the 11th leading cause of death overall. Older adults (75 plus) and adolescents/young adults (15-24) continue to have high rates relative to other causes of death. However, the latest statistics available (through 2007) show a recent increase in overall suicide rates. Most people, about 90%, who commit suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. Most common are the mood disorders like major depression or bipolar disorder. People who have substance abuse disorders (alcohol or drug abuse and dependence) are also at high risk. What are Warning Signs for Suicide? One of the more common myths about suicide is that people who try to commit suicide do not tell anyone of their thoughts and plans. To the contrary, most people who attempt suicide have talked about it. Any talk about a suicide plan should be taken seriously and the person with the plan should be seen by a mental health professional or call a mental health crisis line. Common warning signs of signs of suicide include: Â· Observable signs of depression such as unrelenting low mood, hopelessness, and social isolation. Â· Increased alcohol or illicit drug use. Â· Recent impulsiveness or unnecessary risk takingÂ· Expressing a strong wish to die Â· Making a suicide plan or giving away important possessionsWhat to Do if You Know Someone Who is Considering SuicideIt is important to realize that no one thing that a person does, or fails to do, makes the final determination about a suicide attempt. Try your best to help, but remember that there are many factors involved in a suicide attempt. Good first steps include: Listen Attentively: Just listening to someone can provide important support and begin to help them feel better. Tell them you are concerned, and find out if they see a mental health professional. Encourage Professional Help: If the person is not seeing a mental health professional, encourage them to do so. Types of mental health professionals include psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and licensed professional counselors. You may be able to help them follow through on making a call or keeping an appointment. Mental Health Crisis Lines: Maine like most states has crisis phone lines to help people who are considering suicide. You can call 2-1-1 or 1-888-568-1112. Coping with a Completed Suicide: If someone you know has completed suicide, it is important to talk about it. There are support groups available where you will meet other people struggling with the same issue. It is common to immediately feel shock or numb. This is often followed by feeling sad and depressed, guilty, and angry. For More Information: American Society for Suicide Prevention: www.asfp.org Acadia Hospital: www.acadiahospital.org
The Credit DowngradeWhat is it- S & P – a credit rating agency- has said we are a higher riskthan the triple A rating which was called ‘no risk.” Why- We spend more than we make and our recent ‘fiscal consolidation planfalls short’ of really solving long term debt and repayment. The ‘debtceiling plan isn’t cutting enough planned spending.What does it mean for the US- practically it will mean what it would mean atyour house if your credit rating went down: higher interest rates = moreexpensive to borrow money. What does it mean for me- higher interest rates across the board, on creditcards, mortgages, etc.What happens next? – S & P will re-evaluate in 6- 24 months for a potentialADDITIONAL downgrade. How do we turn this around?- Cut our expenses.becomemore efficient. In an interview, an S & P managing Director gave thechances for ANOTHER downgrade at a 1 in 3 chance. If the Deficit Committeesrecommendations are accepted S & P says we may stabilize at the New PresentAA+ rating.Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.comCheck out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Vote Norumbega Financial for Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm at Market Surveys of America Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street FinancialGroup, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall StreetFinancial Group, Inc., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listedherein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.
Blueberry and Bing Cherry Jubilee1 cup blueberries, preferably wild Maine1 cup Bing cherries (15), pitted and halved2 Tbsp. granulated sugarPinch of saltPinch of nutmeg1 1/2 Tbsp. Kirsch2 tsp. cornstarch1 Tbsp. water1 tsp. lemon juiceVanilla ice creamIn a small saucepan combine blueberries, cherries, sugar, salt and nutmeg. Place over medium heat and cook until fruit is softened and sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.Add Kirsch and flambÃ©.In a small ramekin, combine cornstarch and water until smooth.Add cornstarch slurry to saucepan and cook over low heat until slightly thickened.Remove from heat stir in the lemon juice and serve warm over ice cream.
Panko Crusted Pan-fried Haddock with SautÃ©ed SpinachHaddock:4 – 8 oz Fresh Haddock filletsKosher salt1 cup flour2 eggs, beaten1 Tbsp. chopped Italian parsley2 Tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs3/4 tsp. dried tarragonOlive oilHeat 1/4â€ of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sautÃ© pan until shimmering. Place flour in a pie plate. Beat eggs with parsley and parmesan in another pie plate. Combine Panko breadcrumbs with tarragon in a third pie plate.Season fillets with kosher salt, dredge in flour, then egg mixture and finally seasoned Panko.Fry fish in oil until golden on both sides, turning halfway through cooking time, about 3 – 4 minutes, depending on thickness of fillets. When fish is done it should be opaque and flake easily with a fork. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.Spinach:1 package baby spinach, washed1 Tbsp. olive oil1 clove garlic, peeled and sliced into quarters1/8 tsp. red pepper flakesKosher saltExtra-virgin Olive OilIn another large skillet preheat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat with garlic until garlic is golden and oil is shimmering. Remove garlic and discard.Add pepper flakes and immediately add all of the washed spinach. Make sure to leave the spinach wet â€“ the moisture will help to steam the spinach.Cover and cook until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Drain spinach, season with kosher salt and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve with Haddock.
Scalloped Potatoes1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened2 pounds Golden Yukon potatoes (about 5 large), peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick or less1 1/4 cups milk1 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper Pinch fresh grated nutmeg Pinch cayenne pepper1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheeseAdjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 350Â°Rub the bottom and sides of 1 1/2 quart casserole dish with garlic. Mince remaining garlic and set aside.Spread the dish with softened butter.In a 3-quart stockpot bring potatoes, milk, heavy cream, salt, white pepper, nutmeg, cayenne, and reserved garlic to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid thickens, about 3 minutes.Pour potato mixture into the prepared dish distributing the potatoes evenly.Gently press down potatoes until submerged in liquid.Bake until top starts to turn golden brown and potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes.Combine breadcrumbs with melted butter. Sprinkle over top of potatoes along with shredded Swiss cheese. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until topping is golden brown.Let rest 5 minutes. Serve.
Boyfriend, girlfriend, it doesn’t matter. What we’re talking about today is being in a relationship that has become serious enough to share information on your personal finances. First, you may have noticed behavior about money. Credit card use, overspending based on their guessed income. Are they borrowing money or other things. Are there many high-end consumer products in the apartment that most other friends can’t afford. Be attentive. Throughout the relationship, you should be talking about finances and each other’s views of personal finance as you date. But when the relationship gets more serious you need to be able to talk openly about this subject. Some of the questions you want to ask and answer are: What’s your income? How much debt to you have? What do you hope to do? What’s your income?- You certainly don’t love another for the money but you need to know if this relationship is serious. How much debt to you have?- People make mistakes, so today’s debt isn’t necessarily an indication of their lives in the future. But understanding what debt they have, how they accumulated it and the plan for repayment is an important talk in a serious relationship. What do you hope to do?- Obviously, no one knows the exact future, but what plans for the future do they have? If observations have not alarmed you and you fell good about the talk now you can apply yourself to the relationship! Citations:
Lawn mowers are real useful this time of year, but they can also be very dangerous if used improperly. TV 5 Healthy Advisor Dr. Jonathan Wood joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 to help keep your yard work safe.Almost 80,000 times each year people check into Emergency Departments for lawnmower injuries. More than 9,000 of those victims are children, despite the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly warns against children being anywhere near lawnmowers, much less operating them. Walk-behind mowers result largely in extremity injuries, while riding mowers often include injuries to other parts of the body, including the head and torso.How can you reduce the risk of serious lawnmower injuries to children? Here are a few common sense ideas, as well as some others you may not have considered. 1. A lawn mower is a dangerous tool. The energy of a mower blade is three times the muzzle energy of a .357 Magnum pistol, one of the world’s most powerful handguns. The blade can throw a piece of debris, like a stone or piece of wire, at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The result – one fourth of all hand and foot injuries caused by mowers include amputations of fingers, toes, hands, or feet. And the injuries are messy and complicated.2. Children should never ride a mower with an adult. Each year a number of children suffer severe, and in some cases fatal, injuries after falling off a mower and then being run over.3. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child be at least 12 years old before operating a power push mower, and be at least 16 to operate a riding mower. These age recommendations assume that the child is large enough to physically handle the equipment. Careful instructions and review of the operating manuals should be part of the routine of teaching a child or teenager how to use the mower. Ignorance is an accident waiting to happen.4. Children should not be around a yard being mowed. Debris thrown by a mower can easily cross a yard and strike a child. Additionally, mower noise prevents operators from hearing the usual cues that children are near. Subsequently, 5 percent of lawnmower injuries to children occur when the mower backs over them because the operator does not see them. So – – clear the yard before mowing, of both debris and of children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued strongly stated advice about how to best prevent injuries from lawnmowers. Please refer to the following web page for a nice synopsis: AAP Safety TipsBe safe! Donâ€™t bend the rules when it comes to lawn mowingâ€¦ the risks are too great!By- Dr. Jonathan Wood