Tag: suicide

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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.

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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.

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 […]