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ProfNet Experts Available on Suicide Prevention, College Savings, More


ProfNet Experts Available on Suicide Prevention, College Savings, More

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NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.


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  • September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  • Death of Maryland Football Player Jordan McNair
  • One in Three Parents Expect Kids to Save $10K for College -- But Haven't Told Them Yet
  • The Average American Now Takes Less Vacation Time Than a Medieval Peasant
  • "How" and "Why" Work Differently In the Brain


  • US Culture Writer – The Independent (NY)
  • Story Editor – Barron's (NY)
  • Money & Politics Reporter – MarketWatch (DC)


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  • Blog Profiles: Yoga Blogs



September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Kelly Breeding
Executive Director
ART International
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Individuals experiencing thoughts of suicide need to know that there is help. Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or ART, may be their answer. ART is an evidenced-based psychotherapy that has demonstrated proven results in treating individuals with mental health issues. The therapy, which continues to gain popularity nationwide, aims to resolve a traumatic memory through a combination of relaxation and memory visualization. This treatment provides effective relief from strong physical and emotional reactions associated with PTSD and other mental health issues in as few as one to five sessions, with the average being four sessions. Breeding can discuss why expanding the reach of this therapy is so important to her and the foundation she works for: "It is critical that we use September as a means to reach out to individuals who are affected by suicide. This is our opportunity to link individuals, who have thoughts of suicide, to treatment services that may be of help to them. Suicide is a serious issue and, for some, Accelerated Resolution Therapy may be the answer they're looking for. Accelerated Resolution Therapy is an evidenced-based psychotherapy that has demonstrated proven results in treating individuals with mental health issues."
Breeding is executive director of ART International, a foundation that is interested in expanding the reach of Accelerated Resolution Therapy. ART International specifically focuses on increasing the number of clinicians certified in this treatment. To do this, they are hosting more than 100 training sessions in the country this year to certify local therapists in this therapy. Breeding is a clinical social worker with extensive experience in building community partnerships, non-profit leadership, fundraising, and program development. Her clinical practice has afforded her the opportunity to work among diverse populations with a specialization in trauma and life transitions, as well as providing community out-reach for at-risk individuals and families. She earned her B.A. in Communications and her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida, and has been trained in mindfulness-based therapies and applied behavior analysis. She maintains a strong conviction for working with individuals involved in systems of care that face challenges throughout the context of their lives. In February 2016, Breeding was selected to be the executive director of ART International Training and Research, Inc. where she oversees all policies and procedures and strategic and operational responsibility for ART International's programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.
Contact: Harry Hammel,

Death of Maryland Football Player Jordan McNair
Dawn Emerson
Assistant Professor, Health Sport and Exercise Science
University of Kansas
Emerson can discuss the death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, hydration, college sports, athletic training and more: "The situation surrounding the death of Jordan McNair is sad and disheartening. Exertional heatstroke deaths are completely preventable when the well-established standards of care for preventing, identifying and managing the condition are implemented appropriately. This is a reminder for athletic trainers, coaches, administrators and any other institution personnel to re-evaluate their policies and commitment to protect our student-athletes."
Emerson has published scholarly articles on hydration in sport, hockey specifically and effects of certain drugs on hydration and is a member of several athletic training professional organizations.
Contact: Mike Krings,

One in Three Parents Expect Kids to Save $10K for College -- But Haven't Told Them Yet
Melissa Ridolfi
Vice President of Retirement and College Products
"As the cost of admission rises for college-bound kids, it becomes even more important for families to get in sync to meet their college savings goals. To cope with this, some parents are asking their kids to chip in -- to the tune of $10K -- but they aren't telling them until their sophomore year in high school. Without adequate time to save, kids may struggle to meet their parents' expectations. By setting goals and having conversations earlier, parents can help their kids become better equipped to pick up some of the tab when the tuition bill arrives."
Ridolfi and other Fidelity executives are available to discuss Fidelity Investments' 2018 College Savings Indicator Study (to be released Thursday, Aug. 23), which analyzed the financial preparedness for college of 1,899 families nationwide with college-bound children. They can also discuss how parents can set their kids up for success by setting early expectations of how much their child should be saving for college.
Contact: Brendan Beaver,

The Average American Now Takes Less Vacation Time Than a Medieval Peasant
Dr. John Huber
Mainstream Mental Health
The average American takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant, with many American workers working through vacation, Business Insider reports. During periods of high wages, such as 14th-century England, peasants worked no more than 150 days a year. Overworking can lead to depression, deteriorating health, and reduced productivity. Dr. Huber is available to share the mental health benefits of vacation: "1) Traveling relieves stress: While packing your bags or coordinating flights can be a bit of a hassle, traveling has been scientifically proven to dramatically lower stress levels in all other aspects. 2) It helps improve your mental clarity: Visiting somewhere where you feel excited and nervous at the same time can help you sharpen up mentally and emotionally. 3) Traveling lowers risk of depression: Millions of people struggle with depression on a regular basis, and it's not uncommon for doctors to overprescribe medication for depression. 4) It can positively change your personality: As mentioned earlier, traveling to unknown territory can often push you out of your comfort zone. Travel forces you to be more open, to ask questions, and to socialize with others."
Dr. Huber is the chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for more than 20 years, Dr. Huber is a clinical forensic psychologist and a practitioner with privileges at two long-term acute-care hospitals. He has appeared on more than 300 top-tier radio shows and 30 national television programs, is Law Newz's go-to clinical psychologist and appears regularly on "America Trends" national television show. He is also the host of "Mainstream Mental Health Radio," which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today's top mental health professionals.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

"How" and "Why" Work Differently In the Brain
John Assaraf
"Goals with a high emotional value can create a dopamine release in the brain. If you set a goal with a powerful why, you experience that first dopamine hit. But while that 'why' is critically important to creating your goals, it's only a first step on the road to accomplishing them. The old saying, 'Where there's a will, there's a way,' isn't quite accurate. Where there's a will, we also need to create a clear way. We need to make sure we activate not just the parts of the brain that help us create the goal, but also the parts of the brain that help get us there. Spend all your time in 'why' and you're a dreamer who never takes action. Spend all your time in 'how' and you might be busy, but with what? When you activate these various parts, an important switch takes place. You move from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind; you move from the realm of imagination to the realms of belief, action, and, eventually, productive habits."
Assaraf is one of the leading behavioral and mindset experts in the world, with a unique ability to help people release the mental and emotional obstacles that prevent them from achieving their very best in life and business. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books: "Having It All" and "The Answer." His brand-new book is called "Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain's Hidden Power" (Waterside Press, 2018). Assaraf has made frequent appearances on Larry King Live and has been featured in eight films, including the blockbuster smash hit "The Secret" and "Quest for Success" with Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama.
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Contact: Michelle Tennant,



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