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If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273- TALK (1-800-273-8255). If someone is threatening to kill themselves, don’t leave them alone. Call 911 or, if you can do it safely, take them to the nearest emergency room.

 

 

By: Dr. Eugenia Agard, Guest Contributor

   Did you know that over 44,965 Americans die each year as a result of suicide? Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24 years old and for those 24- 35 years old, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States. Statistically, white middle-aged men have the highest rate of death by suicide. What all this equates to, sadly, is that every 12 minutes someone dies due to suicide, resulting in an alarming 123 deaths per day according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Further, if we specifically look at the rate of suicide for our veterans, it is reported that 22 soldiers die by suicide each day, which means every 65 minutes we lose a member of the United States Armed Forces.

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Orlando - Have you ever heard of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention? For those who have never heard of it, for this edition, we would like to introduce you to them.

   According to its website, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), which was established in 1987, is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24, the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 25-34, the 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-54, the 8th leading cause of death for ages 55-64, and the 16th leading cause of death for ages 65 & older.

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Haines City - When Jeffrey was 17 years old, he realized he wanted to be a firefighter, but he was too young to attend the fire academy, so he joined the Army Reserves instead. After completing his training, he went ahead and served in the United States Army Reserves from 1987 to 1995, in the Combat Signal Corps. And, once he turned 18, he was finally able to start his career in the fire service, while also serving his country.

   This month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jeffrey Davidson from the Haines City Fire Department and this is what he shared with us:

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Winter Haven - This month, on The Student Leader of the Month, we want to feature a student from All Saints Academy in Winter Haven who has used her leadership role to make a difference in her school. We had the pleasure of interviewing Mileydy Tiffany Morales, and this is what she shared with us:

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