Mental Health

The Southbank Riverwalk, Keith Haring's Ghost, and Stand Your Ground are in the headlines today.

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There is growing local concern for a public health issue that some may not realize affects not only those suffering directly, but the entire country.

Governor Rick Scott, unemployment numbers, and sex crimes are in the headlines today.

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The holiday season is supposed to be fun and joyous, yet for many it is one of the most difficult times of the year. 

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Jacksonville is being called "a ticking time bomb"by local mental health professionals due to the lack of funding and support for mental health programs and patients.

JaxPort, Vilano Beach, and an angry bear are in the headlines today.

The FBI on Wednesday released some preliminary findings in its investigation of the Washington Navy Yard shootings that left 13 people dead including the shooter.

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Mathews Bridge construction to continue: The State Department of Transportation says construction on the Mathews Bridge will continue until at least the start of 2014. 

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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.