mental health

Redding wins first Marvelous Light Foundation Scholarship

Redding wins first Marvelous Light Foundation Scholarship

Lauren Redding didn’t know DJ Deas personally. But she knew of him and knew of his tragic story. Deas died by suicide last summer at the age of 16. Part of a military family, he attended Navarre in 2017, competing in track in the spring and football that fall before moving back to the Jacksonville […]

Deas carrying on her son’s legacy

Deas carrying on her son’s legacy

Cheryl Deas wants to cry when she thinks about the effort she is making to carry on the legacy of her son, DJ, who died by suicide last summer at the age of 16. Two events this weekend in Navarre, both of which honor the memory of DJ, who competed in track and football for […]

Unity Day celebrates diversity, condemns bullying

Unity Day celebrates diversity, condemns bullying

Clad in orange, students of Navarre High School (NHS) celebrated Unity Day Oct. 24 as part of an annual national anti-bullying campaign. The event at NHS is coordinated by the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club each year. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Teen’s suicide ended life mired in turmoil

Teen’s suicide ended life mired in turmoil

Less than a week after two boys brutally beat him up at the Guy Thompson Community Center in Milton, Joey McGlone, 16, died by suicide Sept. 13. The teens accused in the case will go before a judge for arraignment next week. Joey’s mother, Dana McGlone, said her son was bullied and his school failed […]

After adoption, family seeks to help others

After adoption, family seeks to help others

The last names and location of the families in this story have been omitted at the request of the parents to protect the families. Nearly two years after the ink dried and a family became whole, locals Dawn and Paul, along with their six children, updated the Navarre Press on how things are going. On […]

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Chris Barbee can relate to the devastation of a hurricane. The home he and his family lived in was destroyed by Ivan when it ripped through the Gulf Coast in 2004. “My mom did everything she could to make the experience OK for us. We lost everything, but she made things enjoyable and helped us […]

Navarre High fights suicide with education

Navarre High fights suicide with education

Navarre High School is no stranger to suicide. The school with a population of more than 2,000 has seen three students choose to take their own lives in the last two years. One is one too many, says parent Justyn MacFarland. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Young journalists capture Parkland’s story in way only they could

Young journalists capture Parkland’s story in way only they could

On February 14, high school senior Rebecca Schneid, 17, was in her journalism class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when the fire alarms went off. Moments later, elsewhere in the school, a gunman opened fire on students and teachers. Read the full article in the Aug. 16 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Quality time key in improving student resiliency

Quality time key in improving student resiliency

Most happy and healthy students have one thing in common: resiliency. And as students head into the new school year, school district staff are encouraging parents to take an active role in promoting mental health of their students. Read the full article in the Aug. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Under a state mandate adopted in the aftermath of school shootings, the Santa Rosa School District hired two new administrators to aid in student safety and mental health. In February, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and fatally shot 17 students and teachers. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

Crowding complicates mental health in jail

Crowding complicates mental health in jail

Santa Rosa County Jail is crowded. Among the hundreds of inmates either awaiting court dates or serving sentences of less than 365 days is a population in need: those with mental illnesses. Jail Administrator Maj. Randy Tifft said this poses a significant problem. “This is an issue that is facing jails and prisons across the […]

SADD and MADD want your shoes

SADD and MADD want your shoes

Whether the sneakers are too small, too big, too dirty or too stinky, Navarre High School SADD wants those shoes to help those impacted by drunken driving. SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. This national organization has chapters at middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country all working to provide peer-to-peer education […]

Answers never easy

Answers never easy

“Homeless in Paradise” ran in big letters on the front page a week ago as the Navarre Press took a deeper look at the suffering of those in our own county, and following the publication, we had one concerned citizen come into our office to look for deeper answers. She wanted to know why these […]

Teen depression can be conquered

Teen depression can be conquered

Alex Worthington was a 17-year-old football player with the Navarre High School Raiders. His mother, Liesa Worthington, described him as hardworking, always striving to be the best at what he does for those around him. But after a serious injury to his stomach, Alex was sidelined, and when he returned to the field, he was […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 15

VICTIMS’ FAMILIES OF ORLANDO CLUB SHOOTING WILL GET MOST MONEY FROM FUND The families of the victims slain at the Pulse nightclub will get the most money from a $20 million fund established to help the victims’ families and survivors the mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The exact amount each family will get is […]

Outreach, involvement key to suicide prevention

Outreach, involvement key to suicide prevention

The 22 veteran suicides per day epidemic is more realistically 25 says Fort Walton Beach physician Dr. Eddie Zant Jr., who treats many TBI-injured soldiers with hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help heal their concussed brains. Despite studies showing the efficacy of this treatment, the Department of Veterans Affairs  does not use HBOT therapy.  On Oct. […]

Vets get voice mail at VA Crisis Line

Vets get voice mail at VA Crisis Line

The number 22. It doesn’t signify one’s age, a date on a calendar, the number of days until one graduates, gets a new job, retires or the distance to one’s mailbox. It’s the number of vets who commit suicide every day: 22. Their pain may not be visible though they’ve healed through physical and multiple […]

Bindu Institute offers holistic healing

Bindu Institute offers holistic healing

The Bindu Institute, a holistic psychotherapy practice located at 1913 Highway 87, recently opened its doors and celebrated with a ribbon cutting Thursday, Nov. 13. “The philosophy behind the Bindu Institute, the founding principle, is that we have to work on the whole person,” Don Harrison, owner and licensed mental health counselor, said. “Counseling is […]

Local authors host book signing event in Navarre

Local authors host book signing event in Navarre

Local authors Jennifer Hentz Moyer and Anne Sanders hosted a joint book signing at Emerald Coast Med Spa July 26 to celebrate the publication of their new books. Moyer, who is also a mental health activist, was celebrating the release of her book “A Mother’s Climb Out of Darkness: A Story about Overcoming Postpartum Psychosis.” Sanders, […]