ESPN sideline reporter Laura Rutledge had a rather scary moment at Saturday’s Georgia-UMass game in Athens. She was accidentally leveled while delivering an in-game report.Rutledge was talking on camera while a play was going on. In the background, Georgia running back and special teamer Prather Hudson was engaged with a defender and they wound up hurtling out of bounds.In the process, they took Rutledge down. Thankfully, she was okay.Took an L in Athens today. So many thanks to everyone at @UGAAthletics for their help after this happened…even though I’m a Gator ? pic.twitter.com/b1FTCPaqtH— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) November 18, 2018Hudson waited two days before responding to Rutledge’s above tweet. In doing so, he hit on her in very cheesy fashion.Hey @LauraMRutledge really sorry I knocked you down, but… I can pick you up at 7 ? https://t.co/jkHsTsLk0s— Prather Hudson (@PRAYHUD) November 20, 2018Rutledge, who is happily married, let down the bold college student gently.?— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) November 20, 2018You missed 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, or so the old adage says. However, this attempt from Hudson barely even got out of his hand.It did provide a pretty funny exchange though.
Mental health and addictions is an important topic. It affects our family and friends in many meaningful ways. Stigma about mental health and addictions is on the decline, as we are becoming more aware of the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. In many respects, Nova Scotia is ahead of the curve. Three years ago, government released Together We Can, a five-year mental health and addictions strategy. Since then, Nova Scotians have experienced greater access to assessment, treatment, and care in their own communities. People think of mental health care as primarily a service offered inside an institution, like a hospital. The reality is different. Today, people are accessing care and support through peer-support programs, hospital outreach clinics, offices, schools, homes. Evidence suggests that most people benefit from outpatient or community treatment, but when Nova Scotians require in-patient care, they will receive it. We are working with health professionals to help their patients manage mild to moderate mental illness. We are expanding training and raising awareness to help clinicians work more effectively with all Nova Scotians, including those from culturally diverse groups such as First Nations people, African Nova Scotians, and immigrants. Mental health and addiction challenges are a shared challenge. These important issues affect our communities, workplaces and families. Together we can make a difference in the mental wellness of Nova Scotians. For a strategy update, visit novascotia.ca/health . -30-