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All About Labor Day | Why Do We Celebrate It

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Labor Day has become a three-day, end-of summer weekend filled with backyard barbecues, road trips, parties and parades.

But it’s actually a celebration honoring something more significant: the contributions of the American worker. In fact, Labor Day is a direct result of the labor movement’s push for better working conditions. During the Industrial Revolution of the late 1800’s, the typical American worker put in 12-hours a day, seven days a week. Children as young as five worked long hours in the mines and mills, and unsafe working conditions were often the rule rather than the exception.

Peter McGuire, an Irish-American cabinet maker, is considered the father of the Labor Day holiday. At a union meeting in 1882, he advocated for “a festive day in which a parade through the streets of the city would permit public tribute to American Industry.” Four months later, 10,000 workers in New York City took time off work—unpaid—to march from City Hall to Union Square in what was to become the first of many Labor Day parades.

Twelve years later, in 1894, Labor Day became a legal holiday. By 1916, Congress passed a law establishing an eight-hour work day and overtime pay for interstate railroad workers.

Times have definitely changed. Union membership has dropped nearly 50% in the past three decades, fewer than one in three American teenagers works a summer job, and 14.6 million Americans are now self-employed.

So if you’re one of the 150 million people in the American work force, remember Peter McGuire this fourth of September. If it weren’t for him, you’d probably be working that day. ###

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Get Educated on Suicide Prevention and Current Trends

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Written by Wayne Rosenfield, PhD | Argosy University, Sarasota Professor

I was at work in a hospital emergency department in Connecticut, when the news on television was that Robin Williams was dead. I call him Robin, because his sensitive character portrayals made him seem so familiar; a friend to whom I could easily relate. More details entered the discussion in the coming days. I don’t recall how or when I became aware that Robin had died intentionally. I felt loss and I felt sad for myself. Very quickly, though, I realized the depth of despair and hopelessness that Robin must have experienced. Some of the other professional emergency staff mentioned Robin to me, if just to join me in our shared grief. They seemed to hope that the emergency psychologist would be able to make sense out of the mix of feelings. “If we could have gotten him in here,” I would say, “maybe we would have saved him.” “Yeah,” they would say with a distant gaze, before returning to the people currently in our care.

Suicide is a multiple tragedy. The survivors suffer, just as many of us felt the loss of Robin. The first time I attended a funeral for a suicide, a speaker ostensibly standing to deliver her brother’s eulogy, asked us to please not be angry with him. As one of the survivors I had a mix of feelings, but I certainly was not angry. I was aware that the person who completes a suicide has experienced unbearable emotions, and utter hopelessness. According to the latest statistics published by the American Association on Suicidology, more than 120 Americans reach this point and complete a suicide every day. Many suicides can be prevented if the signs are recognized and if we are able to intervene.

The good news is that mental health interventions can be very effective in preventing suicide. We would want to convey the message that suicide is a permanent solution for what may be only temporary problems. Also helpful is the knowledge that talking about suicide with someone at risk, and even asking that person directly about his or her intentions, are not themselves causes of suicide. We need to shine a bright light on suicide, and convey the information that people care, and that the professionals can help. The first part of this bright light is a willingness to talk to people about whom we are concerned. Nothing is gained and there is much to lose by ignoring talk of suicide.

Most often, a professional assessment finds the suicide risk to be low and the risk factors to be manageable. One teenager whose friend became worried about her and told the adults, engaged quite easily with me – in the emergency department in the middle of the night – and was finally laughing about how much she had overreacted to a social sleight. She went home with her Mom. Yet on another occasion, I left a patient’s bedside thinking, “Whew! That was a close one.”

Occasional suicidal thinking is not necessarily an emergency. But neither should it be ignored. Many mental health professionals have formal training in suicide risk assessment. And there are crisis lines where a trained person is available to talk to a distressed person, and to make an initial assessment.

There are people who want to help.

Let’s not have the tragedy of suicide any more.


Author Bio

Dr. Wayne Rosenfield worked for many years in Connecticut to develop and implement inpatient treatment programs for persons with chronic and debilitating mental disorders. His interest in addressing the most intense problems led him to disaster mental health deployments with the Red Cross following the 2001 terrorist attacks, and then to crisis work in hospital emergency departments. He was again with the Red Cross in Newtown the day after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Engaged with Connecticut’s response to Sandy Hook he was part of a statewide initiative to treat trauma in children. Having relocated to Florida, he is part of a research team examining a novel treatment for combat PTSD, and he performs psychological assessments for a group practice. He is a frequent speaker in the US and internationally on the subject of rare diseases. He is a professor in the Argosy University School Psychology program in Sarasota. His highly rated book, Great Necessities, is available on Amazon.com. 

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“Music City USA” Can be the Backdrop for Your Education

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Students attending Argosy University, Nashville can earn a degree in Tennessee’s capital, located on the scenic Cumberland River. In addition to the notoriety that comes with being called “Music City USA,” Nashville is home to many museums and galleries including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The city’s Centennial Park, with its full-sized replica of The Parthenon, offers 132 beautiful acres of green space.

Argosy University, Nashville offers programs ranging from Business Administration to Psychology, Human Resource Management, Public Health, Information Technology, and Organizational Leadership. The school offers doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and associate’s degrees. Many programs have flexible learning formats that allow students to fit an education into their busy work and life schedules.

Once admitted to the Nashville campus, students have access to the school’s library, which contains resources that support campus programs while encouraging life-long learning. The library maintains a specialized collection of books, scholarly journals, audiovisuals, reference materials, dissertations, and theses—reference materials that assist students at all levels of their education to grow academically and professionally. The library is also accessible online.

Argosy University, Nashville’s instructors guide students and push them to reach their potential. Students benefit from hands-on learning, internship opportunities, and group projects that prepare them for a career after graduation.

Nashville’s grand classical-style buildings and the famous Grand Ole Opry are popular destinations. The city also is home to the Tennessee Titans football team, Nashville Predators hockey team, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, the Nashville Opera, and the Nashville Ballet. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra performs regularly at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Tennessee college students have access to major employers in the region, including Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Nissan North American, Randstad Staffing, HCA Holdings Incorporated, Electrolux Home Products, and Kroger Company.

Educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities abound for students at Argosy University, Nashville. Take a look at all of the degrees that Argosy University, Nashville has to offer. Then click through on the links below to learn more about the programs offered and how they can help you to achieve your educational and career goals. If you’d like to talk to an admissions representative, call (855) 435-5334 or visit our admissions webpage. You can also stop by the school. Our address is 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 225 in Nashville.

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