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After losing her best friend, she wants to help others with mental illness

It’s a difficult task for Anyssa Molina to understand why her best friend did what she did. Fresno State student Ana Alcantar, 21, died on Jan. 17. A spokesman from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said her death was by ...

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Former Fresno State student lost her parents to homicide, suicide

A former Fresno State student and her siblings are reeling from loss after her parents died – her mother falling victim to homicide along with her mother’s boyfriend and her father ending his own life after. Mai Ker Vue, also ...

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Remembering lives lost to transgender oppression

Fresno residents gathered last week to remember the lives of transgender people that have been lost to suicide or murder. The Transgender Day of Remembrance, said Zoyer Zyndel, event chair of Trans-E-Motion, raises awareness about the level of violence affecting ...

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Students need to watch “13 Reasons Why” – with caution

  Netflix dropped an instant hit among millions of viewers in March with “13 Reasons Why.” The 13-episode series touched on topics like: alcohol abuse, rape, stalking, sexual abuse, anxiety and of course, suicide. The television-adaptation is based on the ...

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Students describe suicide in one word

One suicide is too many, let alone more than 1,000 on college campuses per year. According to Emory University’s program Emory Cares 4 U, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for those between the ages fifteen and twenty-four. To ...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance observed across Fresno

Friday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to pay tribute to transgender men and women who have lost their lives and advocate to end violence and discrimination against the community. The Cross Culture and Gender Center set up ...

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Should people be allowed to ‘die with dignity’?

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, a California judge overruled the state’s assisted death law. The opinion below on the topic was written in 2014. Is “death with dignity” the same as suicide? There has been much discussion of ...

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Your hatred: It’s a choice

For the first time ever, if you’re living in the United States, there is a more than 50 percent chance that you’re living in an area where same-sex marriage is legal. People are saying that this “momentum” will carry the ...

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Williams’ suicide spurs campus dialogue on depression

In the wake of the recent suicide by actor and comedian Robin Williams, many Fresno organizations are taking part in an effort to spread awareness and empathy for mental health and depression. Less than 24 hours after the news of ...

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Run/walk raises suicide awareness

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy—but when that loss is propelled by suicide, the grieving process can be much more complicated, said Leann Gouveia, executive director of Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss. In order to ...

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Fresno State promotes suicide prevention

Among college students 18 to 24 years old, suicide is the second-leading cause of death, said Melissa Watkins, suicide prevention grant coordinator of the Student Health Center.

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Health Center promotes suicide prevention week

National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9 – 15.  In honor of this, Fresno State’s Suicide Prevention Program is sharing information with students and organizing a workshop.

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Gay suicide ignites campus awareness

When College of the Sequioias student Eric James Borges took his life Jan. 11, a month after making an “It Gets Better” video for The Trevor Project, it sent shockwaves through the surrounding community as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Central Valley.

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Depression rates high for college students

About two-out-of-ten college students have some type of mental illness and approximately 19 percent of college-aged individuals attempt or contemplate suicide according to Teendepression.org. 

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Feeling depressed?

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death on college campuses. The Journal of American College Health found that in the United States an average of 100 college students commit suicide every year.

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Grad student volunteers with suicide prevention organization

As a sophomore in high school, one of Melissa Watkins’ friends threatened suicide. Watkins, already in an emotional daze, was in attendance at her high school auditorium listening to a presentation put on by Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss. This was seven years ago.

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N.J. students deserve punishment

In the last month, there have been a rash of suicides committed by those ridiculed for “coming out” with their homosexuality. On Sept. 9, 2010, Billy Lucas, of Greensburg, Ind., hung himself in his grandmother’s barn after being constantly called ...

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When a ‘joke’ is really hate speech

At what point does a joke turn into hate speech? “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat p***y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol,” tweeted hip-hop artist ...

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