Letters to the Editor, Feb. 12

Calvert does not own it

Mrs. Wank, I was not present at the game in question, however, I must say … I believe you, as a parent, of a soon-to-be Calvert transfer student. I can assure you they don’t admit when they are wrong or live by the Golden Rule!

My son has been a student of the “so-called” Calvert Catholic family for three years. He has participated in baseball, football and basketball.

A year and a half ago, Calvert’s seventh grade basketball team signed up two teams in a fall development league. A league that was supposed to be fun and help in development. Before the season began, a player broke his arm at football practice. It was then when they decided to combine two teams into one large team.

The teams originally were supposed to play two games every weekend. Because the teams were combined, they would play four games per weekend. Every week, my son and one other kid were told either by text message or in person at the gym which two games they would dress for and they would not dress for the other two! We paid the same, yet our sons were given half the opportunities of everyone else.

Mrs. Wank, I assure you, I feel your pain and I hear your concerns. How do you think we feel? We saw our son upset every weekend, his self-esteem shattered! Without provocation! How could any school, parent, coach, teammate allow this to happen … let alone a Catholic school. To me, this is bullying at its very core! How can a coach exclude two players from their opportunity to develop? How would he have felt if his son was left out? Or, if any of the other parent’s sons were left out?

Throughout the last two seasons, I have become very upset at the coaches and staff at Calvert!

I have acted inappropriately at times. I own that! I will try to get better. I know. …

There is hope. Our current circumstance does not determine where we will go. … It only shows us where we must begin!

How do you think they would treat an opponent, if they treat their own like this?

Not one apology ever from Calvert.

Sincerely,

Joe Snyder,

Tiffin

Local data

Since 2012, the local Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties has been keeping track of data regarding deaths associated with suicide and drug overdose. The board looks at other factors, such as 24/7 face-to-face crisis assessments, how many resulted in hospitalization vs. safety plans, the number of individuals admitted to the state hospital, individuals admitted to detox facilities and so on.

I thought it would be educational for community members to get a short update on our community health and well-being, and put some thoughts on how each of us can make a difference in impacting these numbers in the future. Please remember, these numbers are what the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board believe are accurate based on the data we collect from various community agencies.

• Since 2012, there were 119 deaths associated with drug overdoses. Males in the 26-35 and 46-55 age groups are at-most risk of overdose deaths.

• Since 2012, there were 111 deaths associated with suicide. Males in the 66-up age group are at-most risk of suicide.

• In the past fiscal year, there were 1,803 face-to-face crisis assessments, and 833, or 46 percent, of them resulted in hospitalization. Most of the face-to-face crisis assessments were due to a severe mental illness (90 percent).

• In the past fiscal year, 54 individuals from our communities were placed in a detox facility. These were clients assisted through the board. Others can access these services without our ability to track.

More important than data are the lives we lost due to a serious mental illness or addiction. The board continues to enhance crisis services, has promoted a 24/7 crisis text line, and has focused more on education and awareness regarding signs of suicide. Significant progress has been accomplished across the state to assist individuals in need of treatment and recovery support services due to their addiction. Narcan is more readily used and available. Access to drug addiction inpatient treatment beds is at its best in the last few years.

Sadly, the suicide and overdose deaths in the past two years are leveled (approximately 23 each year for all three counties). There is no magic solution on how we can reduce these numbers, but various approaches can possibly make a difference. These include: the ability to identify warning signs; willingness to step in and offer help; increased education on mental illness and addictions and available resources; reducing children’s screen time and replacing it with healthy human interactions; and, caring for each other.

Micea Handru, executive director,

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board

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