Suicide awareness

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 […]

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 […]

Out of the darkness and into the light

Out of the darkness and into the light

Some days are easier than others for Darnell and Cheryl Deas in the weeks and months since their son’s death.  Darnell Deas Jr. committed suicide in June. A football player and track athlete during his one season at Navarre – he moved back to the Jacksonville area for the second half of the last school […]

There is hope

There is hope

Suicide is rarely tied to one event or emotion. Frequently it arises from an intricate fabric of circumstances, risk factors and feelings that culminate in the idea that a person is facing more than he or she can handle. Suicide claims nearly 45,000 lives in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease […]