What is driving the rise in suicides among 10-19-year-olds? Is it social media? Technology? Bullying? Opiate addiction? Do we even have an answer? Regardless of the cause, with the CDC revealing teenage suicides have increased 76 percent in the last decade. Thus, an intervention must come first while we search for the reasons. Click HERE for the full article.
With a crisis of this magnitude, many feel helpless. But you aren't. You can be helpful. Below you will find 34 ways to provide support for the Australian Fire Crisis. They need our help. Make this your first donation of the year. Give up a cup of coffee or five. Be part of a much needed solution. - Jack
Thank you, Jackson Ryan of the CNET Staff, for posting an article with 34 ways to help. Jackson shares the following: "A number of organizations and volunteer services are aiding in the firefighting and recovery efforts for affected communities. Whether you want to help the firefighting organizations, wildlife or just provide somewhere to sleep, you can find a ton of handy links." Below are the resources Jackson shared in his article 'Australian Fires: Everything We Know and How You Can Help'.
It's so important for all of us to be aware of the help and hope that exists. Even when you feel alone, you aren't. - Jack
If you are considering suicide or if you know someone who is, please click here to view/share the Awareness Suicide Awareness Guide.
What did you ask Santa for when you were 7-years-old? From a domestic violence shelter, Blake wrote to Santa for books, a compass, a watch and a very good dad. Safety shouldn't have to be on a wish list. - Allié
When 7-year-old Blake penned an annual letter to Santa this week, he likely did not expect his words to be read by thousands of people across the country. But his mom noticed the letter in his backpack, and it struck such a nerve that the domestic violence shelter they are staying at posted it on their Facebook page.
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And then there is poetry that reminds us there is beauty in the breakdown. A special thank you to poet Shane Koyczan for providing solace for so many in these sonnets. - Allié