Garda appeal to mind your mental health

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Advertisement Print GARDAÍ in Limerick say they are increasingly encountering people with mental health difficulties and are appealing to people who find themselves in that situation to look for help.Garda John Finnerty told the Limerick Post that given the unprecedented times people were going through, local Gardaí wanted to stress how important it was for them to maintain their mental wellbeingSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is a difficult time for everybody but if you already suffer from anxiety or depression, you will be challenged even more. Given the nature of the work of An Garda Siochana we’re encountering increased incidents where mental health is a primary factor.“If you need help,  help is available,” he added.“I particularly want to mention the website yourmentalhealth.ie which is operated collectively by the HSE, Healthy Ireland and the Samaritans. The information is very simple,  easy to follow and very relevant.”“ALONE  is an excellent service for the older person, their number is 0818-222024, the Samaritans number is 116 123 and Pieta House is 1800 247247. Finally, the Limerick community response number is 1800-832 005 and they can assist callers with any and all information they might need,” Garda Finnerty explained.The HSE reminds people in difficulty that they should contact their family doctor for immediate support or to get a referral to the mental health services.Mental health help is also available through the emergency department at the University Hospital Limerick in Dooradoyle for any person who is in crisis, having suicidal thoughts or likely to self-harm. Emailcenter_img Facebook Previous article€6.5bn business support package must be reallocated or SME’s will become the nursing homes of the economyNext articlePost Punk and PPE: New music from Sons of Southern Ulster Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp NewsHealthGarda appeal to mind your mental healthBy Bernie English – June 11, 2020 371 last_img read more

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Pennsylvania Moves Forward with Governor Wolf’s Plan to Control Methane and Other Air Pollution

first_imgPennsylvania Moves Forward with Governor Wolf’s Plan to Control Methane and Other Air Pollution Environment,  Press Release Pennsylvania took a step forward to reduce air pollution, including methane, from natural gas wells and pipelines with the approval of changes to the state’s air quality regulations. Guided by Governor Tom Wolf’s Methane Reduction Strategy, today’s action marks another step in the commonwealth’s efforts to address global greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.“Pennsylvania has seen major reductions in pollution since I came to office and our focus on increased reliance on clean energy, improved energy efficiency, and improved oversight of emissions of potent greenhouse gasses such as methane, have all been critical in helping to move Pennsylvania forward,” said Governor Wolf. “I am proud to announce that we’ve taken another step in implementing my Methane Reduction Strategy. The new regulations will help identify and prevent leaks from existing wells and infrastructure, while protecting the environment, reducing climate change, and helping businesses reduce the waste of a valuable product.”The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB), an independent board responsible for adopting environmental regulations, approved revisions to air quality regulations for existing oil and natural gas wells and pipelines. These regulations will reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from well sites, pipelines, and other infrastructure.A part of the governor’s Methane Reduction Strategy, the updated emissions controls for VOCs will also reduce methane emissions, as the same control practices that prevent VOCs from escaping from natural gas infrastructure also prevent methane from escaping as well. The new regulations are expected to reduce VOC emissions by more than 4,400 tons per year, and methane emissions by more than 75,000 tons per year.“Both methane and VOC are precursors to the formation of ground-level ozone, a public health and hazard that contributes to asthma and other lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “In addition to addressing climate change, the regulation will improve air quality across the state, ensuring that all Pennsylvanians, including particularly young and at-risk residents, are protected from harmful air pollutants.”The new regulations would require oil and gas operators that produce above a certain threshold to use leak detection and repair (LDAR) equipment to identify (and fix) leaks, as well as use other equipment designed to reduce emissions.Methane is a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide and reducing methane emissions is critical to addressing climate change. The Wolf administration has taken several steps to combat climate change and protect Pennsylvania from climate disasters, including joining the U.S. Climate Alliance and directing DEP to draft regulations to take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.A public comment period on the proposed regulations will open in 2020. After comments are considered, DEP will draft the final regulation for consideration by the EQB. The comment period will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, and comments will be accepted through DEP’s eComment system. December 17, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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