Taps played for the city’s fallen in Iraq

first_imgAs the strains of taps reverberated through Los Angeles City Council Chambers, city officials wearing black arm bands paid homage Tuesday to nearly three dozen Los Angeles residents who have died in Iraq. Councilman Bill Rosendahl, wearing his American Legion cap, read aloud a list of those who have died in the war. It was Rosendahl’s first public denunciation of the war. “I have been silent on it all these years,” Rosendahl told his fellow council members. “I was a journalist when the war broke out, and I had (Rep.) Dennis Kucinich on my show, and he said the war was based on lies. He turned out to be right.” With the war entering its fifth year and more than 3,200 American deaths, Rosendahl said he felt it was appropriate for the city to remember those from Los Angeles who were victims. Taps was played by Iraq war veteran Jeff Key. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390last_img read more

Stressed? May’s mental health month

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“This leaves little time for recreational activities, which has led to increases in obesity and related conditions like hypertension and diabetes,” she said. “And of course, the stress of a commute or difficult job can also lead to psychiatric conditions such as depression.” The NMHA offers several tips for dealing with chronic job stress, including: Eating right and exercising Setting realistic goals Taking one task at a time LANCASTER – If you’re constantly fatigued, experience frequent headaches and backaches, suffer from lack of sleep and feel agitated, you could be dealing with chronic stress – and if you work full time in a demanding or faraway job, the job itself could be the source. During May, the National Mental Health Association and the mental health unit at Antelope Valley Hospital are encouraging local residents to recognize and manage job-related stress. According to the NMHA, chronic job-related stress is rampant. In addition, study after study has confirmed that high stress levels due to adverse workplace conditions or traveling far to work are affecting our well-being. The problem is especially prevalent in the Antelope Valley. “Job stress certainly contributes to adverse health here in our community,” said Vikki Haley, the hospital’s director of mental health services. “We have become a bedroom community where people travel as much as 150 miles to get to their jobs and back, placing them on the freeway two to four hours a day.” Taking short breaks during the day Taking time to relax or meditate Avoiding perfectionism Learning to say “no” to unreasonable workloads Managing your anger Talking about stressful situations with a loved one Haley points out that there are several resources in the community to help people learn to better cope with chronic stress, including outpatient mental health clinics, private therapists and Los Angeles County’s mental health clinic. In addition, many larger employers offer an employee assistance program for stress and other mental health-related issues. For a referral to any of these resources, call the AVH mental health unit at (661) 949-5250. For additional tips for stress management, visit the NMHA Web site at www.nmha.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more