LGBT people discriminating against LGBT people. What?!

LGBT People

As a survivor I endorse Stonewall’s statement as I have experienced the same faith, over the course of a lifetime of bystanders and as recent as 2017! leaving me broken, abused, disabled and alone, the silence was the loudest word I ever heard! ~ Terry.K

We knew discrimination within the LGBT community was a problem. Now we know how widespread of an issue it really is.

lgbt_in_britain_communities_web_graphics51 per cent of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people have faced discrimination or poor treatment from the wider LGBT community. For black LGBT people in particular, the situation is even worse: 61 per cent have experienced discrimination from other LGBT people.

And that barely scratches the surface. Bi and trans people, as well as LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith, experience significant rates of discrimination from within the LGBT community.

LGBT in Britain: Home and Communities investigates the experiences of LGBT people at home, in LGBT communities and in their faith communities, and makes recommendations on how we can all come out for all LGBT people.

Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain – Home and Communities research report highlights deep challenges for the LGBT community, with alarming levels of racism experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people, and a significant proportion of trans people, bi people, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith feeling excluded within the LGBT community.

The research also shows persistent challenges for LGBT people feeling comfortable being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with their friends and family:

  • Half of BAME LGBT people (51 per cent) face discrimination within the LGBT community.
  • More than a third of trans people (36 per cent), one in eight LGBT disabled people whose activities are ‘limited a lot’ (13 per cent), and one in five LGBT people of non-Christian faith (21 per cent) say they’ve experienced discrimination from within the community because of different parts of their identities.
  • Only half of lesbian, gay and bi people (46 per cent) and trans people (47 per cent) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to their whole family.
  • A third of bi people (32 per cent) say they cannot be open about their sexual orientation with anyone in their family.  

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Read our latest blog post about why preventing different-sex couples from having civil partnerships is not compatible with equality laws. Abolishing civil partnerships is not an option.

Article Posted Jun 28, 2018 by Stonewall, United Kingdom

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Recognizing Anxiety: Symptoms, Signs, and Risk Factors

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Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety can negatively impact your quality of life. It is a mental health disorder that can also have serious consequences for your physical health.


Anxiety is a normal part of human life. You may have felt anxiety before addressing a group or applying for a job, for example. In the short term, anxiety increases your breathing rate and heart rate, concentrating the blood flow to your brain, where you need it. This very physical response is preparing you to face an intense situation. If it gets too intense, however, you might start to feel lightheaded and nauseous. An excessive or persistent state of anxiety can have a devastating effect on your physical and mental health.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 40 million American adults have some type of anxiety disorder every year. An anxiety disorder is a condition in which you experience frequent, powerful bouts of anxiety that interfere with your life. This type of anxiety can get in the way of family, career, and social obligations.
There are several types of anxiety disorder. Among them are:

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  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is excessive anxiety for no apparent reason. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), GAD affects about 6.8 million American adults a year. GAD is diagnosed when extreme worry about a variety of things lasts six months or longer. If you have a mild case, you’re probably able to function fairly normally. More severe cases may have a profound impact on your life.
  • Social anxiety disorder is a paralyzing fear of social situations and of being judged or humiliated by others. This severe social phobia can leave one feeling ashamed and alone. About 15 million American adults live with social anxiety disorder, according to the ADAA. The typical age at onset is 13. Thirty-six percent of patients wait a decade or more before pursuing help.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after you’ve witnessed or experienced something traumatic. Symptoms can begin immediately or be delayed for years. Common causes include war, natural disasters, or physical attack. Episodes of anxiety may be triggered without warning.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is also a type of anxiety disorder. People with OCD are overwhelmed with the desire to perform particular rituals (compulsions) over and over again. Common compulsions include habitual hand washing, counting, or checking something.

images (10)Phobias are also anxiety disorders. Common phobias include fear of tight spaces (claustrophobia) and fear of heights (acrophobia). It creates a powerful urge to avoid the feared object or situation.
Panic disorder causes panic attacks spontaneous feelings of anxiety, terror, or impending doom. Physical symptoms include heart palpitations, chest pain, and shortness of breath. These attacks may be repeated at any time. People with any type of anxiety disorder may have panic attacks.

Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

1_0Anxiety manifests in many different ways. Symptoms may be unique to the type of anxiety disorder or to the individual. All include magnified worry about something for more than six months. General symptoms include:

  • nervousness, irritability, restlessness
  • trouble sleeping, fatigue
  • trouble concentrating

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My Journey Through Hell (A Personal Story)

Over the course of the last few years I’ve certainly had plenty of time to read, which is now one of my favorite pastimes, not only do I find I’m not alone in my struggle to survive, sometimes I read stories by others of their life struggles and journey through life, it’s almost as though they have probed my mind……..

Bullying Stories

I often hear myself saying that the stories sent to me are so much more tragic then the ones I shared here. But there is much commonality between them, such as the sensitivity of the victims of bullying and how that is exploited by the bullies. Last week’s news about the death of Robin Williams affected me deeply due to learning of his battle with depression. Now that the proof is coming to light that bullying leads to anxiety which can lead to depression and then what can be the end of that for some breaks my heart. For Lisa below to start by saying she doesn’t have the happily ever after story continues to show that we must share and connect through these stories. We are not alone and I, for one, understand what Lisa talks about here. As usual, thank you, Lisa, for sharing it here. ~Alan Eisenberg

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Why Mental Illness Is As Serious As This Life-Threatening Disease

5627407151136768How are we feeling- - terr.kinnn2@gmail.com - Gmail.clipularI have a close friend who has an anxiety disorder. They wrestle with it every day. Every morning, they wake up with their heart pounding like the drums of war before they march onto the battlefield of routine. Sometimes, they are able to take their medication and rise out of bed, completing every motion with enough heart to fool the rest of the world into thinking that they are normal. Other times, they can’t make it out of bed for the performance. Fear, dread, sorrow, acceptance, repeat. This is what they have to deal with every day.

The battle to go through the daily motions isn’t the only one my friend is fighting. They are constantly bombarded by the attitudinal beliefs of their peers, the yawns and sighs that come from the people around them as they try desperately to explain the source of their desperation. “Why don’t you just relax?” say the people at work. “It’s not that big of a deal.” My friend pretends to listen and continues the motions. Fear, dread, sorrow, acceptance, repeat.

A few years back, I had another friend who was battling cancer. They were young, vibrant, and on the surface, completely healthy. In the length of a single breath, everything changed. Their daily routine of rise, drive, work, drive, sleep, repeat was interrupted by hospital visits. Every day, they had to live with knowledge that death was not a fable. After countless hours of chemo treatments and months of pretending that it was fine for the world to go on without them, they learned that they were in remission. They would always have to stay vigilant, but their old routine could finally return.

  • My two friends had a few things in common. First of all, they were both suffering from something their peers could not understand. The second thing was that they lived in constant fear of death. The third was that their illnesses would always have to be monitored.

Despite the similarities that they shared, there was one stark difference between them. Not once did a peer tell my friend with cancer to “get over it” or that what they were going through “wasn’t that bad.” My friend with the anxiety disorder, however, had to hear that every day.

I have never been through cancer treatments, nor have I been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I am, however, engaged in a life-long battle with Hemochromatosis, a disease that can lead to everything from cancer to heart failure. Like both of my friends, I receive treatments for my condition and am constantly monitored for any changes that could prove to be damaging to my health. However, like my friend with the anxiety disorder, I have been told on several occasions to “get over it.”

Before I continue, I would like to say that I do not know what it is like to go through cancer treatments, nor would I say that what I have gone through is comparable. What I would like to speak to in this parallel is the attitudes of others. Though anxiety disorders and Hemochromatosis are not the same as Cancer, they are both afflictions that affect lives in a traumatic way. It would be considered heartless to tell a person with Cancer to get over themselves, and I think that it’s time for the same to apply to all other life-affecting disorders.

One reason why nobody would dare to make light of a person’s battle with cancer is that many have taken the time to inform themselves of the nature of the disease. Nowadays, everyone will be touched by cancer in one way or another, weather it be with a family member or on a more personal basis. We have campaigns to raise money and awareness for all forms of Cancer, and there are several Hollywood films that portray what it is like to be living with the disease.

When it comes to other diseases and disorders, however, be they depression, bipolar, Hemochromatosis, Pernicious Anemia, or CADASIL, there isn’t always enough information gathered by the media to raise the proper awareness. There aren’t a lot of Hollywood movies that portray what it’s like living with some of these lesser known afflictions, and although the topic of #mentalhealth has become more prevalent in all forms of media, there is still a general idea that these things can be easily controlled with a few simple words. I am hoping that in the days to come, there will be better understanding as to how much good “control” does to a body that is fighting a seemingly endless battle.

All diseases and disorders affect the afflicted to some degree. When I was first diagnosed, I went through months of depression and anxiety as I tried to come to terms with the prospect that I would never be “normal” again. I lost friends in the process, friends who claimed that I was being “dramatic” because they never bothered to see that understanding the prognosis of a chronic illness takes time. It didn’t matter what I had. The point was that it affected me, and the same was true for my dear friend with the anxiety disorder.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to empathize with your fellow human beings. If a person is suffering from something that you don’t understand, it doesn’t mean that their suffering is invalid. A person can’t judge the anxieties of another person based on the scope of their own experience. Each human being is an individual, so take the time to inform yourself. If a friend is diagnosed with a disease that affects their every day lives in any capacity, do your best to be compassionate and ask them how you can help. Even if they don’t have an answer, they will appreciate the time that you took to show that you care.

I have profound love and respect for anyone working through a chronic illness, whether it be physical or mental. In time, it is my prayer that people will find compassion to be infinitely more impelling than the prospect of tough love, Lauren Messervey – Writer

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Oral Infections Causing More Hospitalizations

30well_dentist-tmagArticleI had mentioned in an earlier post that I had to be proactive and pay my dentist a emergence visit due to the pain caused by one tooth that was now preventing me from the ability to chew or even talk for that matter. I was limited for months on what I could eat, mostly foods that required as little as possible having to be chewed, such as Pork Chops, my favorite :-).
Times when I did say to hell with it because when I did eat pork chops soon after the pain got so excruciating I would sometimes have to take 3 to 6 tylenol 1’s to ease the pain, not to mention afraid to go to sleep knowing I would soon awake once I started grinding my teeth in servere pain which has been the result of alot of sleepless nights.
On May 29, 2014 I was out of T-1’s and no money to buy more, so I decided it was time to be proactive and make a trip to the dentist. So during my visit I find out to my surprise that I had not one but numerous infections, resulting in the dentist removing three teeth, two of which were causing the pain.
After the surgery was completed the dentist also informed me that all the remaining teeth will have to be removed as well, the result was treatment of Antibiotics for ten days.
As I sit here writing this post I think and ask myself, when was the last time I could say “I don’t have any Jaw pain” but I don’t ever remember not having jaw pain, so I guess I will have pork chops. 🙂
I was given a referral to a specialist by my dentist and have an appointment tomorrow about the issue of grinding my teeth while sleeping, which would be an answered pray for it to stop as well.
Well all and good but now this sort of baffled me because thinking about how long I’ve had this condition, the pain and complications, as I now know “infections” it’s been months, I’m not really sure when the pain really got servere, but to me it seems like forever, for more than twelve months for sure.
In closing after all my research on Oral Infections that I had done just recently. I am amazed, astonished and lost for words as to why I am not dead now from the infections, they had such a long life to spread throughout my body, either poisoning me or worst it could have just as easlly killed me according to the medical research. I am now certain that beyond a reasonable doubt, I have a Guardian or Secret Angel.

I am including a snippet below from one of those medical reports I mentioned above, or to read the complete article go to The New York Times.

Oral Infections Causing More Hospitalizations

Left untreated, a serious tooth abscess can eventually kill.

In 2007, Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old boy in Maryland, died after bacteria from an abscessed tooth spread to his brain. The case drew widespread media attention, and his is the cautionary tale cited whenever politicians and advocates discuss access to oral health care.

But a new study suggests that deaths from these preventable infections may not be as rare as once thought and that the number of Americans hospitalized with them may be on the rise.

Studies have shown that dental problems account for hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits each year. The new analysis, published in the September issue of the Journal of Endodontics, focused on patients who had to be hospitalized because of an infection of the tip of the tooth’s root, called a periapical abscess. It is a common consequence of untreated tooth decay, and it can be dangerous if it spreads.

After reviewing national patient data from 2000 to 2008, researchers in Boston found that the people hospitalized for dental abscesses increased by more than 40 percent, to 8,141 in 2008 from 5,757 in 2000. Some 66 patients died after they were hospitalized, according to the new analysis.
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS AUGUST 30, 2013 10:53 AM

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What Happened?

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“Human Rights that do-not apply to everyone are not human rights at all” ~Volker Beck~


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The following is the Applicant’s view of The Facts and legislation in the Matters of “Kinden v Richcraft” File #2012-12852-I, filed Oct 29, 2012 with the “Ontario Human Rights Tribunal” under the “Ontario Human Rights Code” R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.19. I have suplied at the end of this post, a list of other important Posts and Articles that relate to the issues here.
Most importantly I want to bring your attention to (Exhibit 1-5) page 6 from Kinden v Richcraft, HTRO File #2012-12852-I, it’s the document that explains “What Happened” which is the same terrible treatment (Hate crimes) thing that’s been happening for more than 15 years, the Application (Exhibit 1-5) was filed with The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on Oct 29, 2012, due to being released from employment (Exhibit O) (FIRED) due to Disability, and the employer’s failure to accommodate as per the “Code” R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.19 sections: (2), (5), (9), (17), also the Occupational Health and Safety Act R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER O.1 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Accommodation means the employer has to try and find suitable work with in the company which does not cause hardship to you or the company even before considering dismissal or termination of employment. images (1)Social Anxiety Disorder does not require accommodation, only respect, kindness and sincerity, the same way they treated everyone else. They sent me home (Exhibit 3-1, Exhibit K) the voice recording, in which I am sent home by Bernie, told only to return with medical clearance from my doctor, not having the proper medical documents once attending a doctor’s appointment, I was refunded my payment (Exhibit Q) and denied the medical until I returned with medical documents from my employer. In 2001 I was diagnosed with a Panic Disorder (Exhibit L) and decided to return home, which I did, but did not want to sit around so I asked my doctor if I could return to work to start a business (T.K Delivery) (Exhibit 10). After 50 questions he gave his OK to return to work (Exhibit 2-4, E-L-2). a0e00d1b25d7b03bd2fe8d1af88bb800The fact that I was Bullied, mobbed and harassed for six months prior by Bernie my BOSS, employees and onsite contractors was the one and only reason for me to start recording (Exhibit 3-1 E-K) with my cell phone while at work, also I feared being physically attacked. You can view all Seven Medical certificates issued by Doctor’s Kwong and Doctor Sood by clicking on “Certificates” . These are the facts of the case and any thing else is irrelevant.

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  1. Notice of Hearing
  2. Conservative Government Rejects “National Bullying Prevention Strategy”
  3. In Good & God We Trust
  4. My Battle With Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorder. (Oct 3, 2013)
  5. What Are Panic Attacks (Oct 6, 2013)
  6. That’s What Friends Are For! (June 8, 2013)
  7. Ontario Human Rights Code R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.19
  8. Canada: Beware A Failure To Accommodate (April 30, 2013)
  9. Richcraft Construction (The Bullies Within)
  10. Algonquin Careers Academy (The Bullies Within)
  11. Ministerial Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination Against Individuals Based on Their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Sept 26, 2013)
  12. Exhibit-17 Medical Certificates
  13. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
  14. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Dec 26, 2012)
  15. Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment. (Aug 23, 2013)
  16. T.K Delivery Services. (June 10, 2013)
  17. Workplace Bullying Made Simple (Aug 1, 2013)
  18. Why DSM-5 Is Important To Employers (May 30, 2013)
  19. “My Visit to The Residential Landlord and Tenant Tribunal”

UPDATE: On Sept 29, 2014 Richcraft settles out of court for a mere $7500.00.


Article posted May 18, 2014 by Terry.K


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Employees being rude to co-workers? Make it your business

rb-ca-bullyingMary has a way of going on and on about things. With her high-pitched voice and never-ending questions about unimportant details, she gets on everyone’s nerves. Over time, team members have marginalized her by excluding her from social activities. She is not included in chatter around the coffee machine or impromptu after-work drinks.
Unfortunately, this marginalization extends to excluding Mary from informal work-related discussions that relate directly to her duties.

When Mary asks her manager for help, he says there’s nothing that he can do. “I am a manager, not a social director,” he says, “I can’t get involved in everyone’s personal lives. Just ignore it. Get a thicker skin and move on.” As the months pass, Mary is increasingly distanced from the team.

Situations like this unfold in every workplace, and employers often take the do-nothing route. They classify these commonplace, seemingly insignificant rude or discourteous behaviours as ‘workplace incivility.’ It’s perceived as a social dynamic issue, where the employer has no business or authority to intervene.

If you are that manager or employer, you may want to rethink your approach. Situations like this can expose the employer to legal liability. Employers have an obligation to provide a safe work environment, and this extends to protecting employees from harassment and bullying. Obviously, employers cannot address situations they know nothing about. However, once they are put on notice, or ought to know, then doing nothing does not satisfy their obligation.

Beyond the legal risk, the do-nothing approach has additional ramifications. First, there’s productivity. Work suffers when the affected employee is distracted, worried, and prone to mistakes.

Second, there’s health. Continuing exposure to persistent exclusion by a group can lead to illness, both mental and physical. Under these circumstances, a person is disposed to develop anxiety symptoms and even depression. Pre-existing mental and physical problems can get worse. The new National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace underscores the employer’s role in creating a civil and respectful workplace. While this standard is voluntary, it suggests the direction in which the pendulum is swinging and the increased risk that employers face.

Third, there’s safety. Emotionally distressed and distracted, the employee is bound to make mistakes that may inadvertently result in physical harm to themselves or others. This is particularly true where the employee works in a position where safety is key.

Bullying is a form of harassment that is distinguished by its repetitiveness over time. It may or may not be consciously intended to harm, but it has a damaging effect on its recipients and therefore exposes employers to liability. Even unintentional “bullying” can lead to legal consequences. Employers cannot assume that social dynamics such as those in Mary’s case are not a concern. And, while Canadian legal damages awards still pale in comparison with our neighbours to the south, they are rising. We are seeing more six- and seven-figure awards in cases where employers behave inappropriately and fail to protect their employees.

Employers should train their managers and human resource professionals to be mindful of any team dynamics that are uncivil or exclude someone consistently. Even seemingly inconsequential uncivil behaviour can lead to psychological damage to the employee, affect productivity, and potentially expose the employer to liability. As we as a society develop a deeper understanding of the impact of civility, dignity and respect on mental health, the duty to provide a safe workplace will require that employers address these issues.

What should an employer do?

  1. Implement policies that clearly identify inappropriate behaviour.
  2. Train your leaders on the policies and empower them to act.
  3. Watch for problematic team dynamics that marginalize one or two members.
  4. Don’t assume that bullying is intentional or targeted.
  5. Remember that bullying is an “equal opportunity” problem: it can be directed from a superior to someone reporting to them, between cohorts, or from an employee toward a manager.
  6. Intervene early. Hold people accountable for belittling or ostracizing behaviours.
  7. Enforce the policies and discipline offenders.

Sharone Bar-David is the president of Bar-David Consulting, a firm specializing in creating civil work environments. She is the author of Trust The Canary! Every Leader’s Guide for Curbing Workplace Incivility, due for publication in October.

Stuart E. Rudner is a founding partner of employment law firm Rudner MacDonald LLP, which provides counsel to individuals and employers. He is the author of You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada.

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SHARONE BAR-DAVID AND STUART RUDNER – Contributed to The Globe and Mail – Published Monday, Apr. 21 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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Victims of bullying live with the consequences for decades, study says

People who were bullied when they were 7 and 11 years old continued to suffer the economic, social and mental health effects in middle age, a new study finds. (Getty Images)
People who were bullied when they were 7 and 11 years old continued to suffer the economic, social and mental health effects in middle age, a new study finds. (Getty Images)
Victims of bullies suffer the psychological consequences all the way until middle age, with higher levels of depression, anxiety and suicide, new research shows.

The immediate ill effects of bullying have been well documented, with experts increasingly seeing it as a form of child abuse. Influential studies from Finland have made the case that people who were bullied as kids continued to suffer as young adults – girls who were bullied grew up to attempt and commit suicide more frequently by the age of 25, for instance, and boys were more likely to develop anxiety disorders.

Now a trio of researchers has taken an even longer view. They examined data on roughly 18,000 people who were born in England, Scotland and Wales during a single week in 1958 and then tracked periodically up through the age of 50 as part of the U.K.’s National Child Development Study.

Back in the 1960s, when the study subjects were 7 and 11 years old, researchers interviewed their parents about bullying. Parents reported whether their children were never, sometimes or frequently bullied by other kids.

Fast-forward to the 2000s. About 78% of the study subjects are still being tracked at age 45, when they are assessed for anxiety and depression by nurses. By the time they’re 50, 61% of them remain in the study, and are asked to fill out a questionnaire that measures psychological distress.

The researchers found that people who were bullied either occasionally or frequently continued to suffer higher levels of psychological distress decades after the bullying occurred. They were more likely than study subjects who were never bullied to be depressed, to assess their general health as poor, and to have worse cognitive functioning. In addition, those who were bullied frequently had a greater risk of anxiety disorders and suicide.

The consequences of bullying were economic as well. Study subjects who had been bullied frequently had fewer years of schooling than their peers, the researchers found. Men in this group were more likely to be unemployed; if they had jobs, their earnings were typically lower.

Adults who were bullied as kids were more socially isolated too. At age 50, bullying victims were less likely to be living with a spouse or a partner; less likely to have spent time with friends recently; and less likely to have friends or family to lean on if they got sick. Overall, they felt their quality of life was worse than people who hadn’t been bullied, and those who had been frequent victims were less optimistic that their lives would get better in the future.

Overall, 28% of the people in the study were bullied occasionally as kids, and an additional 15% were bullied frequently. Boys were more likely to be victims than girls.

“The findings are compelling in showing that the independent contribution of bullying victimization survives the test of time,” the researchers concluded. “The impact of bullying victimization is pervasive, affecting many spheres of a victim’s life.” The L.A Times By Karen Kaplan April 18, 2014, 1:54 p.m.

The study was published online Friday by the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Bullying incidents of those with Special Needs incite controversy

Bullying has always been a serious problem in American schools and neighborhoods, especially for those with special-needs. In many ways, our culture seems to be evolving into a more tolerant society, as more states are legalizing gay marriage, and schools across the country are taking pledges to eradicate bullying.
Unfortunately, we’ve not come as far as we’d hoped, as evidenced by two disturbing news stories during the past week.
A high school sophomore at South Fayette High School in McDonald. PA, who is diagnosed with delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder, was charged with illegal wiretapping after he used his I-Pad to record a vicious incident of bullying. “The audio file records a student saying, “You should pull his pants down!” Another student replies, “No man. Imagine how bad that c**t smells! No one wants to smell that t**t,” as the teacher is helping the victim with a math problem, according to benswann.com. One bully even hit him over the head with a book, despite the teacher’s previous reprimands.”
A loud sound is heard on the recording, then the teacher’s reprimand, to which the student replies, “What, I was just trying to scare him!” Laughter from a group of boys follows.
When the student reported the incident to Principal Scott Milburn, his response was to call the local police and have the student charged with illegal wiretapping.

If you only do one good deed in your life time…There is a petition at Change.org calling for Milburn to be fired, please sign and show your support for this Special needs boy and all others like him.

Another disturbing story did not occur at school, but rather at the home of an Ohio family who had a long-running feud with a neighbor. Sixty-two year-old Edmund Aviv was sentenced to stand at a street corner with a sign saying,

“I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”

This punishment is in response to a long-running feud with neighbor Sandra Prugh, who has two adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Her husband suffers from dementia, and her son is paralyzed.
According to court records, Aviv is accused of calling her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spitting on her several times, regularly throwing dog feces on the windshield of her son’s car and once on a wheelchair ramp. He also hooked up kerosene to a fan, which he blew towards the victim’s house in retaliation for an “annoying” smell that he claims was coming out of her dryer vent.
The judge also sentenced Aviv to 15 days in jail, along with anger management classes and counseling. He was also required to write a letter of apology to Prugh’s family. He said,

“I want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children. I understand my actions could have caused harm but at that time I was not really thinking about it.”

Perhaps the young men from South Fayette High should be given a similar consequence.
Autism Daily Newscast – April 16, 2014 by Laurel Joss

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Partners for Mental Health

How are we feeling- - terr.kinnn2@gmail.com - Gmail.clipularToday, we are feeling EXCITED, THANKFUL and (to be honest) a bit ANXIOUS as we launch our second year of the Not Myself Today campaign in workplaces across the country.

We issued a challenge to Corporate Canada to step up and do their part to create and maintain work environments that support mental health. And we are thrilled to say that, so far, more than 110 companies and organizations have risen to this challenge!

They have joined the 2014 Not Myself Today campaign and have committed to organizing events and activities in their workplaces, using the tools and resources we’ve provided, to reduce stigma and help create cultures of acceptance and support for mental health.

Now, are you ready to join these organizations to do your part? Start by telling your own employer about the initiative and encouraging them to participate – it’s never too late. SHARE THE WEBSITE LINK – notmyselftoday.ca – with your Human Resources department or manager today. To effectively tackle this issue and drive long-lasting change, we need even more companies and organizations getting involved.

You can also download your own mini-toolkit to help spark the conversation and promote mental health and well-being in your workplace. LEARN MORE.

Thank you,
Jeff, Leslie, PJ, Wendy, Uyen, Krystle, Katie and volunteers across the country
The Partners for Mental Health team

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