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Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli says federal police in Portland, Ore., didn’t escalate violence there, asserting tear gas and rubber bullets were deployed in a “relatively limited fashion.”

In an interview on Sinclair Broadcasting’s “America This Week,” which aired Wednesday, Cuccinelli declared federal troops didn’t make violence worse, “we made it better.

“Portland is the only place in America where there’s literally been violence every day since the George Floyd murder,” he said. “On three of those days the target was federal buildings. After that went on for several days in a row and we had intelligence that was going to continue and escalate, we advanced more law enforcement officers there who were not seen. They were inside the courthouse and did not come out for days during their patrol period.”

He said the federal officers followed the same “rules of engagement” as any police force would do.

“We have never gone …. beyond a less-than-lethal level of force,” he said. “Things like tear gas, sometimes rubber bullets… and those have been deployed in relatively limited fashion."

Cuccinelli said he doesn’t know where the groups’ funding was coming from for the extended period of racial injustice demonstrations.

“The people we deal with go by a variety of names,” he said, adding: “They all have two things in common, they dislike the United States and they are willing to use violence.”

“We have not discovered any coordinated funding effort,” he said.

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Father-of-one reveals he tried to kill himself because he couldn’t cope with his postnatal depression

DAN Rowe, from Rochdale, is a head of workplace mental health training, and is dad to son Charlie, four.

Here the 38-year-old tells how his postnatal depression led him to believe his son would be better off without him.

4 I tried to kill myself because I couldn't cope with my postnatal depression, says father-of-one Dan Rowe

“Putting an antidepressant in my mouth, I swallowed, then took another. I’d been prescribed them for the depression I’d suffered since the birth of my son, but I wasn’t using them to get better – I was trying to overdose.

I met my wife Andrea in September 2008 and we married in May 2013. Two years later, we were delighted when she became pregnant.

Our son Charlie was born on December 19, 2015, and I expected to be hit by an explosion of love, but it didn’t happen. When I held Charlie, I felt happy, but also strangely self-conscious.
Quickly, doctors noticed Charlie was taking short breaths, and he was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Andrea was distraught, so I focused on keeping her calm, pushing my own worries aside.

The next day, Charlie’s lung collapsed. It was reinflated, but he was hooked up to machines and looked so helpless. I felt guilty – as though it was somehow my fault. I tried to ignore my feelings and instead concentrated on Charlie and Andrea.

'I FELT GUILTY'

Thankfully, Charlie grew stronger, and after five days he was discharged from NICU and on to a ward. We spent Christmas in hospital, eventually taking him home on December 30.

A few days later, I returned to work. I still didn’t have a strong connection with Charlie, but I hoped our bond would grow.
At his eight-week check-up in February, doctors found a problem with his eye, and told us that it could be cancer. I felt sick – again, I thought it was my fault, but I didn’t want to upset people by telling them.

Thankfully, days later, tests at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital showed Charlie didn’t have cancer, he had coloboma – an eye abnormality that develops before birth.

Doctors said there was a chance other vital organs also hadn’t fully formed and did more tests. Each time we were given the all-clear, but I just felt numb.

4 Dan recalls how he felt like Charlie 'would have a better life without me'

He was also tested to see if coloboma was hereditary, and though it was found it wasn’t, I blamed myself and still couldn’t bond with my son.

By the time he was seven months old, it felt to me like Andrea was avoiding leaving me alone with him, thinking I couldn’t cope with him on my own. I felt like I was failing as a dad.

In August 2016, I couldn’t take the feelings of intense guilt any more. I thought Charlie would have a better life without me and tried to walk in front of a tram.

Thankfully, a stranger pulled me back. In shock, I called Andrea, and she picked me up. Shaken, she told me I needed help.

I’d never had any mental health issues before and felt embarrassed, but agreed to see our GP the next day and was prescribed antidepressants.

'FAILING AS A DAD'

A week later, I was referred for talking therapy. It helped at first, but within a few weeks the negative thoughts returned.

In October 2017, I attempted suicide again by overdosing on antidepressants and other tablets at home.

Andrea was out, but when the effects started to hit, I knew I didn’t want to die, so I called her and she rushed home and phoned an ambulance.

I was taken to hospital, where the crisis team put me on a waiting list for more counselling and I was discharged.

Four months later, Andrea and I went to the pub and I tried to hang myself in the toilets. A stranger stopped me, and Andrea begged me to get help as she and Charlie needed me. I knew this was my last chance.

4 Dan now loves being a dad and has a strong bond with his son

I’d heard about a local men’s mental health group called Andy’s Man Club, and a few weeks later I found the strength to go along to a meeting.

It was nerve-wracking, but when I heard other men talk about experiencing similar feelings I realised I wasn’t alone. I learned techniques to cope, such as practising gratitude and working out, and I had some more counselling.

Other members of the group helped me realise that I’d had paternal postnatal depression (PND).
As my mental health improved, so did my bond with Charlie. Andrea began to trust me again, but sadly she and I drifted apart, and in January 2019, we split up, though we remain friends.

Now, Charlie stays with me one to two nights a week and every other weekend. In February 2019, I started an Andy’s Man Club group in Manchester city centre, then earlier this year, began a job working in male mental health.

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I encourage Charlie to talk openly with me, asking him how he is feeling, so he won’t grow up holding things in.

While we won’t find out until he’s older if he has any lasting effects to his sight from the coloboma, we’re really close now. Male PND isn’t spoken about enough. But because of my struggle, I’m a better dad.”

4 Dan's now set up an Andy's Man Club in Manchester to help others facing the same struggles he had
BTW

1 in 10 men are diagnosed with PND, however, many go undiagnosed as symptoms are mistaken as stresses of new parenthood.*

For help and support, visit Mind.org.uk.

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Credits: Sources: *Mind.org.uk Visit Andysmanclub.co.uk

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