Efforts to prevent military suicide plagued by incomplete data and continued stigma, expert says

This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Efforts to prevent military and veteran suicides have been hindered by a lack of accurate data and a failure to understand the root cause of the issue, with one study showing that the rate of suicide among veterans could be as much as 37% higher than the number reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Chester County Jr. High participates in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

On September 6-7, 2022, in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, Public Health Educator, Mia McNeal, partnered with Chester County Jr. High School and the Jason Foundation to sign up to be part of the solution. The students pledged to be part of the B1 Project, by taking the silence away from the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. The students were told to Be Aware and understand the problem of youth suicide, Be Able To Identify signs of concern in a friend who may be hurting, and Be Prepared To React with a plan in the event that your friend displays warning signs of suicide. According to the Jason Foundation, suicide is the second leading cause of middle and high school age youth (ages 12-18) deaths. Individuals considering suicide can call the Tennessee crisis hotline at 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). The Crisis Text Line is also available for those experiencing suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues, including stress related to COVID-19. To connect, text TN to 741741.
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Nine dead, including five children, after gunman opens fire at Russian school

At least nine people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a school in the western Russian city of Izhevsk.Among the dead were five children, said police. Two teachers and two security guards were also killed.Another 20 people were injured. The gunman later killed himself, reported officers.“There are victims among the children, there are wounded too,” said Governor of the Udmurtia region, of which Izhevsk is the capital, Alexander Brechalov.Investigators later updated this statement to give specific numbers on those killed and who the victims were.The school educated children between grades 1 and 11. It has been evacuated...

Megan Thee Stallion launches website with mental health support for fans

Meghan Thee Stallion has launched a website of free mental health resources to help her followers get the support they need. The website called “Bad bitches have bad days too” shares its name with a line from her new single “Anxiety”.A Twitter user named Shea Jordan Smith first shared the news in a tweet that was then shared to the 27-year-old’s official account.“Megan @theestallion created a website that compiles a list of diverse mental health resources and is sending it out to her fans and followers,” it reads. “Real hot girl s***.”Smith also included the accompanying message the rapper...

100s work to raise suicide prevention awareness in Fuquay-Varina

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN)–Hundreds gather in Fuquay-Varina to raise suicide prevention awareness. “You can’t explain what it’s like or how it feels until it happens to you,” said Trevor Law, who traveled with his family from Clayton Sunday. He joined hundreds of others in Fuquay-Varina for the annual Central Carolina Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Law said he lost his sister, Kathie Blumeyer-Choplin, to suicide about four years ago. He said his sister, who was 33, took her life shortly after her husband did the same. Law said, “You hear about it all the time, people committing suicide and things of that nature, but when it happens so close to home it changes the way you look at it.”
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Nine dead in Russia school shooting

Moscow, Sep 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) At least nine people were killed, including five students, and several others injured in a shooting at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk on Monday, according to media reports.