MNU memos…

Mark Your Calendars – Week of Scholarship

The second annual Week of Scholarship is coming up April 7-10. Plan now to attend faculty and student academic exhibitions, the 7×7 Challenge and other events celebrating academic scholarship. The public is encouraged to attend! More details can be found on MNU’s website.

Olathe’s Got Talent

April 11, 7 p.m.

Bell Cultural Events Center

A showcase for talented Olathe youth ages 7-18. Students will compete for over $5000 in scholarship funds awarded by local businesses.

Tickets: $8 Adults, $7 All students and seniors

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Jim Smith back in hospital

According to his daughter Lauri Orscheln, former Olathe High School football coach and administrator, Jim Smith, has been re-admitted to the Olathe Medical Center. She said he is getting great care and asks for your thoughts and prayers.


News media starting to watch its language

when reporting about mental illness

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

The Associated Press Stylebook — the bible for news media accuracy and terminology — has just released its 2015 updates. The changes include the journalism profession’s first serious attempts to write clearly and accurate about mental health issues in general and suicide in specific.

So far, the mental health community seems most encouraged by the Associated Press’s new guidelines regarding stories about suicide.  The 2015 guidelines provide much-needed expansion of the AP’s 2013 guidelines, which included the first-ever attempts to recommend wording and terminology standards about mental health issues.

The Associated Press guidelines are just that — guidelines. Recommendations. Part dictionary and part encyclopedia. None of it has the force of law or even the leverage of shame. Individual media outlets and web-based publications remain free to set their own conventions for stories about mental illness and suicide.

The new 2015 AP Stylebook updates regarding suicide state: Continue reading

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