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Hampton Roads Morning of Hope unites community, military in fight against stigma of suicide, depression

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS MOUNT TRASHMORE — People gathered here at the city park on Saturday, Sept. 9, for a reborn, now more locally-focused event to unify people from around the region in the fight against suicide and the stigma of mental… Continue Reading

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With help, folding paper cranes at the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE MOUNT TRASHMORE — Katie and Justin Copeland were together during the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing at Mount Trashmore. With the help of a volunteer, they learned to fold paper cranes, a symbol of hope.… Continue Reading

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A young survivor’s message of strength from the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY ISABELLE KESSLER VIRGINIA BEACH — Sharing a story of hope is something I never thought I would be able to do. That is exactly the reason why I write – to share with you the uphill battle it took for… Continue Reading

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Column: With curtain of paper cranes – and more – event Saturday at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach seeks to end stigma of suicide

BY POLLY SIEMANN VIRGINIA BEACH — On Saturday, Sept. 9, I will  again be one of thousands coming together as a community to walk at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach. This walk, the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing,… Continue Reading

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At a critical moment, a turn from suicide toward life, toward help

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks delivered during the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 10. It has been lightly edited for style and clarity. BY JOHN JENKINS MOUNT TRASHMORE — Chris Gilchrist of the… Continue Reading

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Column: A walk in Virginia Beach to survive, help others, remember Mom

BY RITA ANN BELL NORFOLK — I truly believe everything happens for a reason.   On the morning of May 27, 2004, I came out of the bathroom expecting another normal workday. To my surprise, my grief-stricken dad, husband and one of… Continue Reading

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Out of the Darkness: After Evan’s death, a hope for other families dealing with depression

BY KYM AND STEVE BACH Ed. — What follows are remarks from the Out of the Darkness Community Walk at Mount Trashmore this past month, which gathered people in awareness about depression and suicide. Kym Bach’s son and Steve Bach’s… Continue Reading

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In 10th year, walk to raise awareness about depression and suicide grows

BY JOSH WHITENER MOUNT TRASHMORE — Thousands of supporters and advocates organized Saturday, Sept. 12, at Mount Trashmore for the 10th annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, which promoted awareness about the fight against depression and suicide. About 7,000 people… Continue Reading