Suicide prevention

Teammates remember Alonzo in a positive light in wake of tragedy

Teammates remember Alonzo in a positive light in wake of tragedy

Cool and friendly. A hard worker with a bright smile loved by so many. All the above describe Alex Alonzo. No one ever imagined the Navarre High student and former Raider football player would die by suicide.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

The way to a successful school year

The way to a successful school year

The children of Navarre will be returning to school Monday after what we hope was a great summer break. And with the return of the school year we have many reminders to pass along. We will begin with the most important one: Be present in your child’s schoolwork and activities and pay attention for any […]

Raiders battle misconceptions and pressure of balancing academics with sports

Raiders battle misconceptions and pressure of balancing academics with sports

From the outside looking in, life looks good for high school student-athletes. Popularity. Success. The opportunity to play the sport they love in front of adoring fans. They have it made. Or so it seems to those who don’t see life through the eyes of an athlete.   Read the full article in the July […]

Shining a marvelous light on mental health

Shining a marvelous light on mental health

Somewhere above in the clear, sunlit blue sky, DJ Deas was looking down on the Marvelous Light Foundation 5K held in his honor on a picture-perfect Saturday morning in Navarre. He was more than likely flashing the infectious smile that brightened the day of so many in his 16 years on Earth, seeing the large […]

Williams ready to honor his fallen friend one more time

Williams ready to honor his fallen friend one more time

Chris Williams will be among the 100 or so people participating in the DJ Deas Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning at NYSA. The opportunity to do so means everything to him. Deas was a close friend and former teammate who died by suicide last summer at the age of 16. Read the full […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 9

FLORIDA COLLEGE STUDENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN FACE-BITING ATTACK A Martin County grand jury formally charged 19-year-old Austin Harrouff on Tuesday with two murder counts, attempted murder and burglary. Harrouff was initially charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 15 attack on 59-year-old John Stevens, and his wife, 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon, outside their Tequesta […]

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. […]