With this weekend’s College Fair, hosted by the Parent Teacher Organization in conjunction with New Living Word School, I couldn’t help but think about my own college experience and how I wish I had been more prepared.
It all began at the University of Florida where I began my college career at age 19. I had dreamt of being a journalist for as long as I could remember, so I started strong at a good school far away from my hometown of Crossett, Arkansas.
We are fortunate to have an educational resource for mental health in our community.
Each month, the Ruston Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness brings in a different speaker to discuss various issues pertaining to mental health. Most recently, NAMI hosted Mary Jo Fitz-Gerald, professor of clinical psychiatry and vice-chair for psychiatry education at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.
The 3rd annual Hope for Autism 5K and Family Fun Day at 9 a.m. on April 25 at the Lincoln Parish Park brings our attention to a disorder that is all too common but often misunderstood.
Autism or autism spectrum disorder is a complex brain development disorder. It is characterized by difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviors and social interaction. There are also varying degrees of this disorder on the autism spectrum.