Tag: suicide


Drugs, alcohol and suicides contributing to alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy, VCU physician argues

Drugs, alcohol and suicides are contributing to an alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy, particularly among middle-aged white Americans and those living in rural communities, according to an editorial co-authored by Steven Woolf, M.D., director of the Center on Society and Health at VCU.

Statement by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Chris Cornell

We recently learned of the death of Chris Cornell, former frontman and musician for the band Soundgarden.

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Eat wings Wednesday: Help stop suicide

Eating at Buffalo Wild Wings in Waynesboro will help us raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Local hero recognized for suicide prevention volunteer work in Staunton

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Yet many people affected by suicide don’t talk about it.

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Suicide intervention training offered in February

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program Feb. 23-24.

Crystal Graham: Together, we can help prevent suicide

Each year, we lose 42,773 Americans by suicide, and it costs the U.S. $44 billion annually. Yet suicide is preventable.

AFSP’s Advocacy Forum Livestream now streaming

It’s time to tune in for the livestream as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention converges in Washington, D.C. for the 7th annual Advocacy Forum.

Together, we can make a difference to #stopsuicide

Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, and it’s preventable. Nine out of 10 people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health condition, like depression.

Two Talk Saves Lives presentations set for Thursday

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention presents Talk Saves Lives, a presentation to learn the risk and warning sides of suicide.

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2016 Out of the Darkness Walk Kickoff set for May 26

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its second Out of the Darkness walk in Staunton on Saturday, October 8.

AFSP, Wayne Theatre present Dead Poets Society, health fair

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is presenting a screening of “Dead Poets Society” on Saturday, May 21.

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Crystal Graham talks suicide prevention on WKDW

Crystal Graham joins Kris Neil with WKDW-900AM for Mental Health Mondays, part of the #MentalHealthintheValley campaign.

AFSP to offer suicide prevention training May 26

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will deliver two presentations of “Talk Saves Lives,” on Thursday, May 26.


Means safety is important to suicide prevention

Not all people who suicide are mentally ill, nor are all with mental illness suicidal. A feeling of hopelessness is a common factor.


Middle-aged Americans dying by suicide at alarming rate: Report

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and is the only top leading cause of death for which the rate is increasing.

Let it shine! Out of the Darkness walk helps friends, family remember those lost to suicide, work toward prevention

Amy Argenbright lost a cousin to suicide in May. Seeing others close to her impacted by what had happened “made everybody realize the need to talk about it and bring it to light,” said Argenbright.

Crystal Graham: The Ditto Movement

I never thought I’d get a tattoo. But last week, on the anniversary of my twin sister’s suicide, I found myself working with an artist on a design that incorporated the word ditto, a semicolon and a heart.

Video: Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Augusta Free Press is sponsoring the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, set for Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, Va.

Podcast: AFP editor Crystal Graham talks suicide prevention, walk on WKDW-900

Augusta Free Press editor Crystal Graham joins host Kris Neil on WKDW-900 in Staunton on “Country Club” to talk about Out of the Darkness, a suicide prevention awareness event and fundraising walk scheduled for Oct. 10.

Suicide prevention/awareness walk to be held at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. More than 200 people from throughout Staunton, Augusta County and surrounding areas are already signed up on the AFSP website www.afsp.org to participate in the Staunton Out Of The Darkness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Crystal Graham: After I pulled the trigger

When I looked down, I saw my lifeless body beneath me. I could still hear the gurgles coming out of my mouth. There was no blood. Had I really just done that? I sat on the floor for hours with the loaded gun in hand, crying, crying and crying some more.

Augusta Free Press sponsors Oct. 10 Out of Darkness suicide prevention walk

Augusta Free Press is proud to be a sponsor of the Oct. 10 Out of Darkness Staunton Community Walk being held in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Breaking the silence: Suicide victim’s family gets involved in walk for prevention

Christina Abbe was only 15 years old when she took her own life with a single gunshot to her chest. Crystal Abbe Graham, her identical twin, was left forever scarred by this loss.


Area colleges unite to fight depression, suicide in Walk for Hope

On Saturday, March 28, Bridgewater College will host for the first time the fourth annual Walk for Hope – an event in which four area institutions of higher education will unite to raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention.

Mount Regis Center supports new suicide prevention feature on Facebook

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring, on average, every 13 minutes.

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Tim Kaine statement on passage of veterans suicide prevention bill

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.

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ACLU urges governor to issue immediate conditional pardon to man with autism

Today, the ACLU of Virginia renewed its call that the Governor take executive action to ensure that Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man who has been in solitary confinement in state prison for more than a year, is moved as quickly as possible to a treatment facility in Florida.

The other side of gun violence, mental illness, justice

A guy shoots up a school, the right howls about not giving up Second Amendment rights because of random gun violence, says it’s mental illness, does nothing about mental illness.

Not just one day: Veterans deserve a lasting commitment

Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. Two days to remind us in a multitude of ways how to remember, and also act. Our veterans need us now.

Virginia Department of Health offers free online training for veterans

Post-deployment life can be challenging for veterans and their families, and both need support during this transition. Challenges can include PTSD and suicidal thoughts.

State Police: Oct. 16 Interstate 64 Augusta County shooting death was suicide

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is continuing its investigation into the fatal shooting incident that occurred Oct. 16, 2014, on Interstate 64 in Augusta County.

Chris Graham: Hugs have to suffice

I wish I knew what to say that could make it all better, but there are no such words. Hugs have to suffice.

Bridgewater College focuses on student suicide prevention

A public exhibition of 1,100 backpacks – each commemorating one of the 1,100 college students who die by suicide in the United States each year – will be on display at Bridgewater College Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus mall.

Chris Graham: Trolls

Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late comic actor Robin Williams, who died this week by suicide, is deleting her Twitter and Instagram accounts, maybe forever, because of trolls who insisted on using those media to send her photos of a corpse from a Spanish morgue taken in 2012 and insisting it was her father.

Ken Plum: Preventing gun violence

The total number of people killed by guns, suicide and accidental deaths between Newtown and December 2013 is 12,042. With all the fear and anguish brought on by these shootings, little has been done to address the issue in Congress or in state legislatures.

ShenanArts on the Edge, Ampersand Arts present Gidion’s Knot

ShenanArts and Ampersand Arts have teamed up for the production of a new American play, Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams.

Memorial Day event to raise awareness of veteran suicides

This Memorial Day weekend, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nearly 70 US veterans will kill themselves. According to the DVA Veteran Suicides 2012 Report, 22 former servicemembers commit suicide every day on average, a number that is growing.

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Bridgewater lacrosse raises $4,600 for Will-To-Live Foundation

With the 2014 season in the books, Bridgewater College head men’s lacrosse coach Mic Grant has announced the fundraising tally from the Eagles’ Will-To-Live game.

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Altoona edges Richmond Flying Squirrels, 2-1

The Altoona Curve (5-8) turned the tables on the Richmond Flying Squirrels (9-6), claiming game two of a three-game series, 2-1, at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Friday night. The Altoona victory ended a four-game win-streak for the Squirrels in the season series.

Depression is topic of David Romano presentation at Bridgewater College

David Romano, who lives with depression and has experienced the dark lows of self-injury and a suicide attempt during high school, will speak on Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

Waynesboro Police seeking wanted, possibly suicidal, man

The Waynesboro Police Department is requesting assistance in attempting to locate a missing, possibly suicidal man who was last seen in mid-February when he fled from city police.

A cold ‘November Rain’

“Oh, ‘November Rain.’” My wife gets emotional when we hear the song on the radio. It was the song that was played at her twin sister’s funeral 18 years ago. Tina died of suicide. The song inevitably brings back discussions of why, what could have been done to prevent what happened from happening, et cetera. […]

Does the hate ever end?

You look at the kid’s picture, and you can’t help but be saddened by what happened. Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman, didn’t have to jump to his death. It didn’t have to be that his roommate, Dharun Ravi, would be so apparently repulsed by Clementi’s request to have some privacy in their room, assuming […]

Local student runs marathon in honor of late brother

Submitted Item News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net   Thomas Sheffer, a Mount Sidney resident and graduate student at Virginia Tech, will run in the National Marathon in Washington, D.C., March 20, to raise money for the nonprofit organization Active Minds Inc. His run will be made in honor of his brother, Daniel, who passed away in December […]

Author to speak on caregiving, suicide and the recovery process

Staff Report Renowned grief expert Terry L. Wise, author of Waking Up: Climbing Through the Darkness, will speak about caregiving, suicide and recovery at the Detweiler Auditorium at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Wise is the recipient of a National Mental Health Award for “distinguished achievement and work that has […]

Focus | Support for survivors of suicide victims

Story by Chris Graham With AFP Audio Sean McGowan lost his son, Aaron, at age 22. It wasn’t a car accident or fighting in the military overseas or pancreatic cancer. Aaron died in 2006 by suicide, and not a day goes by that Sean doesn’t ask himself the question – why? “You’re always going to […]