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Suicides Increase In Florida And Nation

Jun 8, 2018
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Florida’s suicide rate increased 10.6 percent from 1999 to 2016, though most states saw larger increases, according to a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with Danny Murphy, author of the book  Fake News 101: How To Recognize Fake News and Avoid Being Fooled By It  (01:09).  

WJCT’s Digital Content Editor Bill Bortzfield spoke with Kanine Social owner Dustin Fries and investor Daniel Moffatt (23:44).

Duval Medical Society CEO Bryan Campbell and Foundation President Dr. Sunil Joshi talked about recent physician suicides and what they are doing to help prevent them (34:30).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars big win Sunday over Houston and Jacksonville’s first trip to the playoffs in a decade (46:00).   


First Coast Connect: The Brit Rose Foundation

Jul 6, 2016
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Brittney Rose Serpa was a young, beautiful, and bubbly 18-year-old excitedly making plans for her freshman year at Ole’ Miss when she became a victim to cyberbullying. She also had struggled with mental illness since her early teens.

On a Monday, a complete stranger began the attack, and by Thursday she had taken her own life. Her mother, Tori Serpa of Jacksonville Beach, decided to turn her family's tragedy into a movement to help others by founding the Brit Rose Foundation.

Chasing the Dream

The deplorable conditions at the local low-income housing project Eureka Gardens captured national headlines when it came to light residents were living with dangerous mold, leaky gas pipes, and dilapidated stairs.

Suicide Rates

A new report from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the U.S. suicide rate is the highest it's been in 30 years, increasing 24 percent from 1999 to 2014.

Suicide is now one of the 10 leading causes of death, the CDC says.

Rates are up significantly among middle-aged Americans. There’s also a spike in suicide among women and girls.

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President Obama outlined Tuesday executive actions on gun control that he says should help curb gun deaths in the U.S.  Among the changes, Obama is making it easier for states to share mental health records when someone is buying a gun.

“High-profile mass shootings tend to shine a light on those few mentally unstable people who inflict harm on others, but the truth is that nearly two-in-three gun deaths are from suicides, so a lot our work is to prevent people from hurting themselves," Obama said in a televised speech about the orders. 

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On the 22nd of every month, members of the Jacksonville chapter of Veterans for Peace gather in Five Points to focus public attention on the suicide rate among veterans.

On Tuesday, the group stood on the corner of Post and Park streets holding signs and waving to drivers.

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The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is hosting a discussion Tuesday evening to talk about student mental health and well-being.

The ONE by ONE Community Forum will start with an expert panel discussion of new strategies for working with at-risk students and preventing problems like bullying and suicide.

Then, moderator Pam Paul says, the floor will be opened up for discussion.

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Since 2009, more kids in Duval County’s middle and high schools say they’ve been the victims of bullying, and more local children say they have considered or attempted suicide.

Jacksonville has seen improvements in crime rates, high school graduation rates and the economy, but the percentage of children living in poverty continues to increase and the suicide rate is the highest in decades.

Rick Scott, the Baker Act, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the headlines today.

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Sarasota police say the husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was found dead of an apparent suicide at the couple's home.

Police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said Tuesday that Harris' husband, 68-year-old Anders Ebbeson, committed suicide.

Officers were called to the home between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

During a news conference at the police station, Pastor William Hild of Sarasota First Baptist Church confirmed that Ebbeson had taken his own life.

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More awareness, less stigmatism and learning the warning signs are some of the ways people can help work to reduce the number of suicides by veterans.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veteran suicides occur every day nationwide.

The City of Jacksonville's Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services department teamed with the University of North Florida to talk about the problem at the 2013 Veterans Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit.

Many told their stories about losing friends and relatives to suicide.

This year’s City of Jacksonville Veterans Summit will focus on the growing problem of veterans’ suicides.

According to a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs study, an American veteran commits suicide once every 65 minutes in this country - about 22 per day.

Here on the First Coast, about 25% of the population is either active or retired military, so this is a serious public health and policy issue.