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Depression: A silent killer?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 13.3 minutes another person dies from suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death in America. Robin Williams had been very public about his long struggle with depression and substance abuse, and we all felt a great sadness when he recently took his own life. A statement from the Association of Suicidality is as follows:

“On behalf of the American Association of Suicidality (AAS) our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Robin Williams. The sad reality is that severe mental illness has claimed another life, and while nearly all of us are familiar with the great work of Mr. Williams, we are perhaps less aware or impacted by 107 other suicides that occurred yesterday (or the 108 that will occur today, based on the national average). “Robin Williams was the consummate ‘funnyman’ who brought joy, laughter and pleasure to millions around the world. While we won’t dare speculate on contributors to recent events in a life that we know little about, Mr. Williams’ challenges related to substance abuse and mental illness were public knowledge.”

Other high-profile suicide deaths include Don Cornelius of Soul Train, the movie, and Fame, and more recently, Lee Thompson Young, former Disney star “Jett Jackson.” It can sometimes be difficult to understand why people take their own lives. Continue Reading →

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The MSR 2013 year in review

The local Black press continues to publish stories “from our own lens”

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

This year, 2013, was historic as well as a year-long full of highs and lows: Two MSR reporters were among the national and international press that covered America’s first Black president’s second inauguration in January. Said Atlanta Daily World reporter Kenya King, a member of the Black press who was covering the Obama inauguration for the second time, “I’m here to capture…the moment of this historic occasion [and] to make sure that the message that should get across, does get across.”

A ‘new Black agenda’ was discussed by the Council on Black Minnesotans and others during the organization’s Lobby Day at the State Capitol on March 19. The MSR asked several Blacks in attendance that day if they felt new voices and perhaps a new message is needed from Black Minnesotans. “I think it is time for new voices to be heard,” believed Greater Friendship Missionary

Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Billy Russell in our March 28 front-page story. The MSR also continued its coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the introduction of MNsure, the state’s new health-insurance exchange program and how the new healthcare law will benefit Blacks. Continue Reading →

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