World Suicide Prevention Day

Saturday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Four non-profit mental health providers, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Tykes and Teens, Suncoast Mental Health and New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, are collaborating on a project to bring attention to the subject of suicide. Drew Mello talks with Deb Pizzimenti, Director of Outreach for Suncoast Mental Health Center and Dr. Agnieszka Marshall with Tykes and Teens about suicide. For more information on American Foundation...
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It sounds like a crazy idea. Convince a survivor of sexual assault to tell her story by filming herself with a fire-breathing dragon imposed on her face.

That's what Indian journalist Yusuf Omar did. He discovered that Snapchat, a mobile app that allows users to create photo or video "stories" that disappear after 24 hours, can be used to document a victim's first-person account while obscuring his or her identities.

Its built-in "filters" — illustrated or animated digital overlays — can transform a subject's face into anything from a flower child to a puppy.

Residents of Hawaii are keeping a close eye on two hurricanes in the Pacific, Madeline and Lester.

And astronauts have been watching the storms, too — from a different angle.

On Tuesday, the International Space Station caught a spectacular view of both storms, as well as a powerful hurricane in the Atlantic.

The strongest storm in the video is Gaston, currently passing through the open ocean far from land. It's a Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

Chicago's police superintendent is moving to fire five officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old LaQuan McDonald in 2014 — one who pulled the trigger, and four who are accused of giving false statements about what happened.

McDonald, who was black, was shot 16 times by officer Jason Van Dyke. Other officers said that McDonald had lunged at police before he was shot. But dashcam footage of the incident — released under a court order — contradicted their testimony.

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On Wednesday morning, Brazil's Senate will hold a final vote on Dilma Rousseff's impeachment — one which is expected to result in the suspended president's permanent departure from that office.

Rousseff is accused of mishandling Brazil's budget and misrepresenting the state of the economy. Some of her accusers, as Rousseff noted in her testimony, are themselves accused or convicted of serious corruption charges.

The suspended president testified for 14 hours straight on Monday, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro reports.

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Part One in an NPR Ed series on mental health in schools.

You might call it a silent epidemic.

Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year.

So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues many adults deal with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse.

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This Week's Treasure Coast Essay

Double homicide

Aug 29, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a gruesome double homicide that has received attention far beyond our beautiful stretch of Florida.  It happened the night of August 15 on upscale Southeast Kokomo Lane at the southern edge of Martin County.  John Stevens and his wife Michelle Mishcon were stabbed to death outside their home.  Sheriff’s deputies found a man on top of Stevens in the driveway, biting the victim’s face.  It took several officers and a police dog to subdue the attacker.  Mishcon was found dead in the garage.  Austin Harrouff, 19, a Florida State Universit


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