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Thursday, September 8, 2016
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) says that National Suicide Prevention Month serves, “to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.” It also provides friends and families with access to the resources they need to address prevention.  Monroe County has the highest suicide rate in the state. Intervention and awareness are crucial parts of our community’s ability to lower rates. Good prevention techniques include knowing the signs-- social withdrawal, increased alcohol or drug use, and dramatic mood swings-- and reaching out when help is needed. There is no clear cut cause of suicide but risk factors include a history of depression or mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, family history of...
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14th, UWFK joined with volunteers from the Key West Sunset Rotary to package over 400 books in Summer Literacy Kits for distribution to students throughout Monroe County. *Denise Rohrer and UWFK board member Cheryl Sargent packaging literacy kits at the Sunset Rotary meeting on June 14th.  Children who are reading below grade level at the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school on time than their reading proficient peers. For children living in poverty, this statistic is almost tripled. Additionally, more than 80 percent of children from economically disadvantaged communities lose reading skills over the summer because they lack access to books and learning resources. Strong early childhood reading skills can increase literacy and drive up high school graduation rates, ultimately reducing...