LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — TITLE Boxing Club Louisville wants to Knockout Stigma.

WDRB’s Keith Kaiser puts on the gloves to fight for mental health awareness.

Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are debilitating to millions.

During the mental health awareness month of May, TITLE Boxing wants to help raise awareness and break the stigma around mental health.

They want to reiterate the point that there’s nothing wrong with asking for professional help.

TITLE Boxing is partnering with Bring Change to Mind.

Their mission is to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through encouraging dialogue about mental health, raising awareness, understanding and empathy.

Fitness is one way of improving your mental health.

Landing punches on the heavy bag can be fun, empowering and a stress relief.

You get out of your head and get lost in the moment.

On Saturday, May 21st, TITLE locations across the country are teaming up and will donate $1 for each person who takes a class (online or in-person) that day. 

TITLE Boxing Club has the made oldest sport in the world new again and modernized the sport into a workout.

Jason Wallace brought the concept home to Louisville and opened the Hurstbourne location in February 2019. 

Click here to learn about the Knockout Stigma campaign.

Click here to get connected to TITLE Boxing Club Louisville Hurstbourne.

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The COVID-19 global pandemic has exacerbated the mental health crisis and our children are at the forefront of that crisis. Students walk into schools daily carrying the burdens of poverty and bearing the weight of psychological issues that continue to go unnoticed. Because mental health has not been prioritized thus far, our schools are inundated with needs they cannot meet. The lack of resources, personnel and services causes our students to suffer and our teachers are required to teach and step into the roles of counselor and social worker on most days.  

School districts, school administration, teachers and parents feel a sense of urgency to find community partners to help increase mental health services in our schools. Charleston Hope is eager to be one of those partners and create a sustainable school-based mental health program for local Title I schools. (Title I schools benefit from federal aid to help schools with large numbers of low-income students.)


Living in a poor or low-income household has been linked to poor health and increased risk for mental health problems in children and adults that can persist across the life span. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Children less than 18 years old are disproportionately affected by poverty, making up 33% of all people in poverty. Despite their high need for mental health services, children and families living in poverty are least likely to be connected with high-quality mental health care.”

Many people living in poverty face obstacles, such as a lack of insurance or transportation, that prevent them from accessing mental health services.. The daily stressors and burdens of living in poverty worsen the effects of these obstacles, which can hinder parents from getting their children the treatment they need.

Studies show that 80% of students who need mental health services do not receive them because existing mental health services are inadequate or the barriers of poverty limit accessibility. Of the students who receive assistance, 70-80% of youths receive their mental health services in school, according to the National Association of School Psychologists. Studies show that students are 21 times more likely to visit school-based mental health services than community mental health services.

At Charleston Hope, we believe children who have experienced trauma or need mental health support deserve access to high-quality mental health services despite their socioeconomic status or zip code. 

Charleston Hope is actively working to minimize and eliminate the obstacles to receiving quality mental health care.

As part of a three-tiered mental health initiative, our new Mental Health Afterschool Program will include creating an after-school mental health services model that includes cognitive and body-based therapy, contracting licensed professional counselors and social workers to conduct cognitive sessions, implementing a multi-purpose needs assessment tool to track student growth and services, providing school-wide trauma-informed training and fundraising efforts to pay for this initiative. 

Eight Charleston Hope Heroes and influencers in the community are raising money for Charleston Hope, including a news anchor, teachers at various Charleston schools, fitness influencers and students

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that authorities were prepared for an anticipated increase in migrants crossing the border from Mexico, days before a public health order is set to end after being used to turn people away nearly 2 million times without a chance to seek asylum.

A federal judge may order that pandemic-related asylum limits continue, but Mayorkas offered public reassurances of readiness after a whirlwind tour of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings. Homeland Security has said it will prepare for as many as 18,000 daily crossings, compared with a daily average of about 7,800 in April, though Mayorkas emphasized that those are not projections.

Mayorkas visited a remodeled processing center in McAllen, the region’s largest city, where migrants sat on metal benches and on sleeping mats spread on the floor, as aluminum thermal blankets made rustling noises. Televisions pointed into cells.

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The center reopened about six weeks ago for about 1,200 migrants. Chain-link fences have been replaced with cinder block walls. Cells have an open roof that Border Patrol officials said provides better ventilation.

The center is divided into two sections: one for women in 17 cells of varying sizes and another for men in four wings, with about 24 rooms. There are 44 shower stalls.

Processing for immigration court appearances can take about two hours a person with an average stay of 43 hours at the facility. Authorities distribute monitoring devices for 250 to 350 migrants released daily.

Up to 600 have been released in a day to Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley, officials said.

The Biden administration has sent more personnel and equipment and erected temporary holding facilities to process migrants to prepare for the end of the pandemic-era rule on Monday. Title 42 authority, named for a 1944 public health law, forbids migrants from seeking asylum under U.S. law and international treaty on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The agency also plans to increase prosecutions for illegal border crossings, crack down on smugglers and speed up evaluation of asylum claims, Mayorkas said at a news conference in McAllen.

“We’re a nation of immigrants and we are also a nation of laws,” he said. “We enforce the law and will continue to do so.”

Customs and Border Protection officials stopped migrants 234,088 times on the Mexican border in April, one of the highest in decades and a 5.8% increase from 221,303 in March, according to figures released this week.

But the April tally included 20,118 Ukrainians, nearly all of them entering the country at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, on humanitarian parole. That number has plummeted since April 25, when the Biden administration stopped accepting Ukrainians at land crossings with Mexico and instead directed them to fly directly to the United States.

Many migrants are repeat crossers because there are no legal consequences of being expelled under Title 42 authority. In April,

Leading Boxing Fitness Company Announces Annual “Knockout Stigma” Events at Clubs Nationwide on Saturday, May 21

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TITLE Boxing Club, the nation’s leading boxing fitness company, is continuing their fight against mental health stigmas during May’s Mental Health Awareness Month with a “Knockout Stigma” initiative. On Saturday, May 21, 2022, clubs nationwide will host Knockout Stigma classes in-person and digitally on TITLE Boxing Club On Demand.

For every Knockout Stigma class participant who joins in-club or takes a class on their digital platform, as well as at its sister brand BoxUnion’s three studios in Los Angeles, TITLE Boxing Club will donate funds to Bring Change to Mind. Founded by actress and activist Glenn Close, the non-profit is dedicated to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy through campaigns and youth programs that encourage conversations about mental health.

Additionally, TITLE Boxing Club will lead other efforts throughout the month to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and create open dialogue around mental illness. Classes will be led by trainers, many of whom have volunteered to share their personal struggles with a variety of mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma and more. The Knockout Stigma classes on May 21 are open to all members as well as non-members who can purchase a single class.

TITLE Boxing Club has a history of supporting mental health and creating awareness of the mental and emotional benefits boxing fitness offers – including stress relief, increased focus and supporting brain health.

“One unique aspect of our clubs is we encourage members to bring their baggage to class and take it out on the bag – it’s transformative,” shared Felicia Alexander, Chief Revenue Officer of TITLE Boxing Club and co-founder of BoxUnion Holdings. “Members and franchise partners alike consistently share the positive effects working out in our clubs has had on their mental health and lives overall.”

Alexander knows first-hand the impact mental illness can have, as she experienced it for years as a young adult. In 2019, she took action and publicly shared her battle with depression on social media.

“With each month that passes, I hear from more and more parents about how their children are struggling with anxiety and depression,” added Alexander. “One of the reasons we love partnering with Bring Change to Mind is because we get to help build awareness and create dialogue among students. Over the years, we have built a community within our clubs where all members are welcomed and accepted just as they are.”

To learn more about Knockout Stigma, visit titleboxingclub.com/knockout-stigma/. To find a TITLE Boxing Club near you, visit https://titleboxingclub.com/locations/.

About TITLE Boxing Club

TITLE Boxing Club is a franchise of boutique fitness clubs specializing in boxing and kickboxing classes with more than 140 locations and 30,000+ members. TITLE Boxing Club increases fitness while decreasing stress, and also allows consumers to workout anytime, anywhere through their digital

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The White House refused to weigh in on rumors and speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ill. (Newsweek)

A federal judge has ruled that migrants must still be barred from entering the U.S. for health reasons, halting the Biden administration’s efforts to begin lifting a policy known as Title 42, which is set to end on May 23. (New York Times)

The Biden administration announced that it has secured 20 million treatment courses of Pfizer’s antiviral COVID pill nirmatrelvir-ritonavir (Paxlovid), which is authorized for treating outpatients at high risk for severe disease.

Meanwhile, the CDC issued a nationwide alert to healthcare providers advising against systemic corticosteroids and antibacterial therapy for outpatients with mild cases of COVID-19, citing potential harm, with nirmatrelvir-ritonavir leading the list of preferred therapies for this group.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is adding nine rare respiratory cancers of the larynx, trachea, and lungs to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities due to environmental exposures to fine particulate matter.

As of Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial COVID toll in the U.S. reached 81,074,050 infections and 992,902 deaths, increases of 78,937 and 323, respectively, from this time yesterday.

Families of patients in the ICU for COVID-19 were more than twice as likely to develop post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) compared with ICU visits during pre-pandemic times, with visitation restrictions being a primary driver of family stress. (JAMA Internal Medicine)

Some vaccine experts worry that the U.S. may recommend annual COVID boosters without sufficient evidence showing they are actually needed. (STAT)

Amid an ongoing surge of COVID cases across China, authorities in Beijing announced the city would commence mass testing of its 21 million residents, who are stockpiling food amid fears of a strict lockdown similar to the one in Shanghai. (AP)

Global health advocates, including World Health Organization (WHO) officials, worry that the U.S. and European nations’ easing of pandemic guidance and funding will affect the global response to COVID. (Politico)

And the WHO now say that about 190 cases of unexplained hepatitis in children have been reported worldwide. (Reuters)

A second Ebola patient has died amid a new outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Reuters)

As health systems shop for space, they have turned to making over shopping malls. (Kaiser Health News)

A Maine resident died last week from a rare tick-borne illness, Powassan virus. There are about 25 cases reported in the U.S. each year. (USA Today)

The third time docking in San Francisco is not a charm for the Ruby Princess cruise ship: 143 passengers just tested positive for COVID after a trip to Hawaii, which follows more than 70 testing positive in March after a trip to the Panama Canal and a dozen in January after a sail to Mexico. (CBS News)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Friday to halt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from lifting Title 42, a pandemic-era health order used by federal immigration officials to expel migrants, including asylum-seekers, at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Title 42, which was enacted in March 2020 by the Trump administration, has been used 1.7 million times to expel migrants. Many of them have been removed multiple times after making repeated attempts to enter the U.S.

The CDC has the authority to enact orders like Title 42 under the 1944 Public Health Service Act, which gives federal officials the authority to stop the entry of people and products into the U.S. to limit the spread of communicable diseases. Part of the reason the agency is planning to lift the order soon is that COVID-19 cases have been decreasing and vaccinations have become widely available. The order is set to expire on May 23.

Paxton’s lawsuit argues that the Biden administration didn’t follow the administrative procedure laws needed to halt Title 42. The suit adds that if the Biden administration follows through with lifting the order, Texas will have to pay for social services for the migrants who enter the country.

“The Biden Administration’s disastrous open border policies and its confusing and haphazard COVID-19 response have combined to create a humanitarian and public safety crisis on our southern border,” the lawsuit says, which was filed in the Southern District of Texas in Victoria.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, said on Thursday during a virtual event with the Council on Foreign Relations that health orders are not immigration policies.

“You don’t use a health law to deal with a migration challenge. You use migration laws to deal with migration challenges. You can’t use the cover of health to try to deal with a migration challenge,” he said.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have said they expect immigration authorities to have up to 18,000 encounters a day with immigrants at the border once Title 42 removals stop. The current average is about 6,000 encounters a day.

Texas has led the legal fight against the Biden administration’s immigration policies. The state has filed numerous lawsuits that have led to judges overturning or altering those policies, including the administration’s attempt to exempt children in a separate lawsuit from being expelled under Title 42. A federal judge in Fort Worth blocked the exemption.

The state has filed at least 20 other lawsuits in Texas-based federal courts, most of them led by Paxton, against the Biden administration over everything from federal mask mandates to halting the long-disputed Keystone XL pipeline. Judges appointed by former President Donald Trump have heard 16 of the cases and ruled in favor of Texas in seven. The other nine are pending, as of last month.

A majority of these lawsuits have been filed in courts in which the judge was appointed

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on Thursday warned against using “the cover of health” to deal with the crisis at the southern border as he defended the Biden administration’s move to lift Title 42 in May.

Becerra was asked about the decision to lift Title 42 — a public health order that has been used since March to expel a majority of migrants at the border — at a virtual event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations.


The move by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has sparked concerns from both Democrats and Republicans that it will lead to even bigger numbers at the southern border, and will overwhelm already overworked border officials.

April 5, 2022: Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra testifies before Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. <span class="copyright">Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images</span>

April 5, 2022: Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra testifies before Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Becerra emphasized that the order is a public health order that was implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than a migration tool.

“Title 42 has been in place since the pandemic started because we want to make sure that we’re not spreading COVID any more than necessary, but now the situation is changing, as you know Americans are surviving, some folks are not using masks anymore, Title 42 therefore at this stage under the CDC’s interpretation of the facts and the science is saying we no longer need Title 42 to protect the public based on health conditions,” he said.

He then acknowledged that there is a “situation at the border” and that people are warning it is going to cause a problem.


“That could be, but you don’t use a health law to deal with a migration challenge, you use migration laws to deal with migration challenges,” he said.

“You can’t use the cover of health to deal with migration challenges,” he added.

He then emphasized that it is up to Congress to change immigration law, noting early efforts by the Biden administration to push a sweeping immigration reform bill that included a mass amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants — but stalled amid a lack of Republican support.

“It behooves Congress to work with this administration, which presented on its first day in office…an immigration reform law,” he said.

His comments did not seem to indicate that there was any coming shift on the issue coming from the Biden administration, despite reports that the White House is considering extending the order past the May 23 deadline.

“It is important that we deal with migration challenges at the border with our laws that deal with migration rather than trying to bootstrap a health law to do migration work,” he said.

Bianca Andreescu opened up on Tuesday about her mental health in her first competitive tennis match in seven months.

After winning 7-6, 6-3 over Jule Niemeier in the Round of 32 at the Stuttgart Open in Germany, Andreescu addressed the crowd and touched on the reasons she took a break from competitive tennis since the Indian Wells tournament in October 2021.

“I was struggling a lot mentally. I just wasn’t enjoying myself out there,” Andreescu said in a post-match interview following her return. “I really identified myself too much with the sport. Whenever I lost, it sounds a bit dramatic, but I hated myself. If I won, I loved myself. It was kind of like that.”

Since winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2019 and peaking at the No. 4 seed on the WTA tour, Andreescu has dealt with various injuries and extended breaks that have prevented her from maintaining elite status. The 22-year-old Canadian is currently ranked 121 in the world, largely due to inactivity.

“Before, when I was playing, when I won, or if I lost, I was just super happy to be on court. That’s kind of the mentality I want to keep going this year,” Andreescu added. “I feel like if I keep having the right mindset, just going out there, enjoying myself, preparing the best way that I can and just giving my all, I think the results will come.”

Andreescu told WTA Insider’s Courtney Nguyen that she “actually wanted to quit the sport” as a result of the physical and mental challenges she’s faced over the past two and a half years.

Andreescu is the author of an upcoming book aimed to help kids deal with their mental health, titled Bibi’s Got Game: A Story About Tennis. The children’s book is slated to hit the shelves on May 31.

Andreescu is scheduled to face No.3 seed Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday in the Round of 16 in Stuttgart.

America’s employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy’s resilience in the face of a still-destructive pandemic, Russia’s war against Ukraine and the highest inflation in 40 years.

The government’s report Friday showed that last month’s job growth helped shrink the unemployment rate to 3.6%. That’s the lowest rate since the pandemic erupted two years ago and just above the half-century low of 3.5% that was reached two years ago.

Despite the inflation surge, persistent supply bottlenecks, damage from COVID-19 and now a war in Europe, employers have added at least 400,000 jobs for 11 straight months. In its report, the government also sharply revised up its estimate of hiring in January and February by a combined 95,000 jobs.

The job growth in March, though solid, was the lowest since September and slightly below what economists had expected. Still, Vincent Reinhart, chief economist at Dreyfus and Mellon, said the numbers show that “the U.S. economy continues to have underlying momentum and that firms are taking workers when they can.″

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The March report sketched a bright picture of the job market, with steady hiring and rising wages. Average hourly pay has risen a strong 5.6% over the past 12 months, welcome news for employees across the economy. For leisure and hospitality workers, including people who work in hotels, restaurants and bars, average pay has jumped 11.8% from a year earlier — “a clear sign that employers are desperate for staff,” said Saru Jayaraman, president of One Fair Wage, which advocates for better pay and conditions for service employees.

For most workers, though, pay raises aren’t keeping up with the spike in inflation that has put the Federal Reserve on track to raise rates multiple times, perhaps aggressively, in the coming months. Those rate hikes will result in costlier loans for many consumers and businesses. In the meantime, worker pay raises, a response in many cases to labor shortages, are themselves feeding the economy’s inflation pressures.

The steady job growth has failed to buoy President Joe Biden’s flagging popularity, with the gains overshadowed in the public’s mind by chronically high inflation. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine driving oil and gasoline prices higher, Biden has announced plans to release a million barrels of oil daily from the U.S. strategic reserve for the next six months.

Since the pandemic struck in 2020, many Americans have remained on the sidelines of the job market, a trend that has contributed to the worker shortage in many industries. But in an encouraging sign for the economy, 418,000 people began looking for a job in March, and many found one. Over the past year, 3.8 million people have rejoined the labor force, meaning they now either have a job or are looking for one.

Across the economy, hiring gains were widespread last month. Restaurants and bars added 61,000 jobs, retailers 49,000, manufacturers 38,000 and hotels 25,000. Construction

The public health authority used to immediately expel migrants crossing through the U.S. land borders will effectively end on May 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

Customs and Border Protection will resume processing all noncitizens crossing the border unlawfully through its Title 8 statutory immigration authority. Until the May date, border agents will continue to use the health rule known as Title 42.

The CDC determined that the public health order is no longer necessary after considering the wide range of mitigation measures and the low community levels of COVID-19 nationwide.

Terminating the order in two months will “enable the Department of Homeland Security to implement appropriate COVID-19 protocols, such as scaling up a program to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to migrants, and prepare for full resumption of regular migration under Title 8 authorities,” the CDC said in its public health assessment.

The end of the controversial policy generated a flurry of reactions on both sides of the aisle.

Since its enactment, Title 42 was criticized by public health experts and human rights advocates who repeatedly called for its removal. The 1944 law lacked a science-based rationale, ignored refugee law and was used for political purposes, they said.

For two years, people fleeing violent threats or political persecution were largely denied the right to seek protection in the U.S. and were sent back to Mexican border towns or the country they were fleeing. Few exceptions were made.

The policy banning asylum-seeking individuals stayed in place even as COVID-19 vaccination rates grew, sporting events, concerts and international flights resumed, states lifted mask mandates and the border reopened for vaccinated visitors in November 2021.

Some deemed the policy necessary, even if it didn’t comply with asylum law.

The southern U.S. border is seeing unprecedented irregular migration. The record-breaking number of encounters of the past years compare only to those seen two decades ago.

At the current rate, agents and officers likely will meet or exceed 2 million arrests at the border this fiscal year. The Homeland Security Department is expecting greater increases once Title 42 ends.

“With today’s irresponsible rollback of the Title 42 public health authority, the Biden administration is throwing gasoline on a raging fire,” Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., said in a statement.

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., had urged President Joe Biden’s administration against lifting Title 42 before a plan was in place to protect Arizona border communities from becoming overwhelmed.

“Today’s decision to announce an end to Title 42 despite not yet having a comprehensive plan ready shows a lack of understanding about the crisis at our border,” Sinema said Friday in a written statement.

Kelly, who is up for re-election this year, called the decision to end Title 42 without a plan for “a secure, orderly, and humane process at the border” wrong and unacceptable.

“From my numerous visits to the southern border and conversations with Arizona’s law enforcement, community leaders, mayors, and nonprofits, it’s clear that this administration’s