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“Warm line” part of OSU suicide Task Force recommendation report

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The Ohio State mental health and suicide task force has come out with a list of recommendations after four people have fallen/jumped from campus garages in 19 months.

Three of those people died, one survived.

The Task Force also recommends:

  • Promoting “A Culture of Care” on campus, which includes faculty proactively reaching out to students.
  • Enhanced suicide screening procedures.
  • Creation of a “warm line” for students. Different from a hotline- a “warm line” is intended for non-emergency, peer-to-peer support.
  • Crisis hotline signage in every garage on campus

“We have resources available, but the most heartbreaking thing is when students don’t know those resources are at their fingertips,” said OSU Student Government President Shamina Merchant, per 10TV. “And there’s ways we continue to work to make sure that they are aware of those resources, and advancing the culture of care that we have on this campus to reduce stigma related to mental health. And make sure that we never have a situation where another student feels that they don’t have somebody to turn to.”

Earlier this week a student named Joshua Song fell/jumped from the Lane Avenue parking garage and died.

Daniel Birdsall, 19, a sophomore studying sociology, died after falling from the university’s Union South garage this past April.

Four days later, Kelly Denlinger, 35, a former student at Ohio State who last attended in 2007 fell from the same garage but survived.

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In February 2017, Madison Paul, 19, a first-year, pre-med neurosciences major from Zanesville, died after a fall at the garage. Officials later determined it was a suicide.

Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) by visiting ccs.osu.edu or calling 614-292-5766.

CCS is located on the 4th Floor of the Younkin Success Center and 10th Floor of Lincoln Tower.

You can reach an on call counselor when CCS is closed at 614-292-5766 and 24 hour emergency help is also available through the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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Elderly Dublin man narrowly survives deadly weekend hike

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A weekend outing with his grandsons nearly ended in tragedy for one Dublin man according to a report from the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Rescuers found 80-year-old James Clark of Dublin at 1:15 AM Friday morning on a Mount Washington trail in New Hampshire. Clark was found in the fetal position with signs of hypothermia, and was treated at a hospital for what authorities say were non-life-threatening injuries.

Clark had to be carried about 1.7 miles down a trail after his two teenage grandsons went ahead without him. Clark said that the plan was for the boys to go on at their own pace, as they had done the previous two days while climbing the highest peaks in New York and Vermont.

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Mount Washington was the third leg of a five-day trip for Clark and his grandsons. According to reports, he was unable to continue due to extreme cold temperatures on the mountain.

Unfortunately, other weekend hikers were not as lucky as Clark. On Friday, 69-year-old William Whittenaur of New Hampshire died following a medical emergency on a New Hampshire trail.

Likewise, Sandra Lee of  New Jersey succumbed to an unknown medical condition while hiking on one of the state’s trails, and was pronounced dead at the hospital

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Will Gov DeWine’s new program really improve your BMV experience?

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Everyone’s least favorite errand will hopefully become less painful. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charles Norman are working together to launch a pilot program to improve customer service at the BMV.

Specifically, drivers seeking a license renewal and vehicle registration will see changes to the process, reports NBC4i. Stay tuned for more details on the ins and outs of the program.

The program launched at 10:00 AM today.

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DeWine’s office says the new system aligns with an overall effort by the administration to make government more efficient.

How are some ways the Ohio BMV could improve customer service? Let us know in the comments below.

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How the “wettest year in Ohio history” could affect your grocery shopping

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While the rain may be ruining your weekend plans, it’s ruining the livelihoods of farmers around the state and, potentially, your grocery list. We are currently experiencing the wettest yearlong period in Ohio history, causing the state to be the farthest behind in planting corn and soybeans compared to all states that plant the crops, according to experts from The Ohio State University and federal reports.

And the trickle-down effect may impact your grocery shopping.

“Individual shoppers looking for specific items may experience hiccups in their availability or swings in their price,” said Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science professor Matthew D. Kleinhenz, PhD.

As of June 9, only 50% of Ohio’s corn crop and 32% of its soybean crop was planted, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. By now, Ohio typically is 96% done with planting corn and 89% done with soybeans, reports the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

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But, the problems aren’t over once farmers get their crops in the ground.

“The growers who have been able to plant a corn or soybean crop likely will have to contend with other challenges that come with a lot of rainfall: more weeds, pests, and diseases,” reports Ohio State.

Though consumers may have more limited or more expensive offerings in the produce section this harvest season, the impact of the rain will have little effect on your shopping experience.

In my opinion, on the whole, Central Ohio shoppers can expect little change in the availability, etc of produce,” assured Kleinhenz. “The supply of produce is very resilient thanks to farms being located in many areas, the expertise of farmers, and other factors.”

Kleinhenz also reminds shoppers to remain patient and positive when something they’re looking for is not available, and use this time to enjoy what is available from growers.

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