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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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Podcast with Chris Gilchrist of the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope available from The Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The first edition of PAINCast, a podcast produced by The Independent News, is available for free download at the newspaper’s website. The podcast features a conversation with Chris Gilchrist of the Hampton Roads Morning of… 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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Volunteering: Blue could be your color for Beach celebration of Earth Day

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach needs volunteers, including those willing to suit up as a mascot, to help upcoming events. The events are the Earth Day celebration at Mount Trashmore on Saturday, April 23, and the Great American… 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