Insight with Mark Farrell An engaging forum to examine and discuss a vast array of everyday obstacles and challenges facing adults and children today.

September 25, 2014  

With the recent death of Rutgers student Caitlyn P. Kovacs from what appears to be alcohol related due to binge drinking - Mark and guest, clinical psychologist Michael Friedman (Dr. Mike) discuss this widespread practice that not only dominates campuses across America but shockingly, 1 in 6 adults also binge drink about four times a month.  Dr. Mike provides great insight to why both students and adults find this drinking method provocative and offers solutions for people with a drink in one hand and seemingly, a stopwatch in the other.

 

Possible suicide solution coming to the rescue on the GeorgeWashingtonBridge and on the most popular suicide site in the country, the Golden GateBridge.  A 9 foot barrier to be erected on the GWB will hopefully prevent would-be jumpers and a net will be installed under theGolden GateBridge to prevent falls.  Listen to Mark’s perspective on the potential effectiveness of these preventative measures.

 

The only thing more disappointing then eating at The Olive Garden is eating at the O.G. while using Apple’s IOS 8…not only will you loose control of your bodily functions after your meal but you’ll simultaneously loose control of your iphone.  Who to curse more – the 50 garlic sticks or Steve Jobs?

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September 18, 2014  

It would be unfathomable to think any performer would not proceed with their show until every single person in the audience stood on their feet…well, unless you’re Kanye West.  But he did allow someone with a prosthetic leg and persons in wheelchairs to remain seated.  Ah, the compassionate and crazy Kanye! 

 

Suicide is one of the top three causes of death in youth and the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is making great strides in educating teachers, administrators and more on a national level to reduce death by suicide.  Dawn Doherty, Executive Director for SPTS, articulates how their innovative and comprehensive on-line (and free) model is designed to inform educators of all significant aspects associated with youth at risk.  Plus, hear how SPTS founders Scott Fritz and Don Quigley were instrumental in passing legislation that New Jersey teachers receive formal training in suicide prevention.  Several states have passed similar law since NJ set the precedent.

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September 12, 2014  

NYC and the world forever changed 13 years ago and on this anniversary Mark speaks with the co-founder of “9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance”, David Paine on how he and co-founder Jay Winuk created a pivotal organization from the publics overwhelming desire to do good things, pay it forward, etc. on such a significant day for America and much of the world.

 

After nearly 35 years of service in the Army, Major General Mark Graham didn’t take up golf after retirement – rather, can catapulted himself into the world of mental health where he honors both of his sons memories – Kevin, a senior Army ROTC Cadet who died by suicide and Jeff, 2nd Lieutenant who died in the line of duty.  The Generals tireless efforts are put to invaluable use as the Senior Director of the RutgersNationalCallCenter and as Director of Military, Veterans and Family Support Services.  Look for General Grahams highly anticipated forthcoming book; “The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War” in early October 2014.

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