Utah’s suicide rate.

Utah’s suicide rate has tripled since 2007, and suicide is the leading cause of death among 10- to 17-year-olds across the state. There seems to be a strong connection between Utah’s large Mormon population, the church’s denunciation of same-sex LDS couples and the community’s beleaguered LGBTQ youth. https://www.facebook.com/RoadTripListenToAmerica/videos/527232384283393/

Horses take on role as therapists for war veterans struggling with PTSD.

War Veteran Daniel Cooper pats a horse during an equine therapy session.

Horses take on role as therapists for war veterans struggling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Australia. http://www.abc.net.au/…/2017-12-12/horses-healing-w…/9248962 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-12/horses-healing-war-veterans/9248962

Time’s running out. Tell Congress to stop $25 billion in Medicare cuts.

Stop Medicare cuts.  If Congress doesn’t act before December 31, Medicare could be cut by $25 billion. Right now, the House and the Senate are debating a tax bill that would raise the deficit and trigger automatic Medicare cuts – but it’s not too late to stand up for Medicare. Congress needs to know that cutting Medicare is unfair and unacceptable. Send a letter to your legislators today, and demand they pledge to protect Medicare!  https://action.aarp.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6830

My depression kept me inert for two years. My family’s help got me through.

When the problem is the way your brain works, you can’t go it alone.

“Depression is a disease of the brain, just like heart disease is a disease of the heart and diabetes is a disease of the pancreas. My brain simply doesn’t make any of the happy chemicals it’s supposed to, and I have to use medication to give me a chance to have a life.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/my-depression-kept-me-inert-two-years-my-family-s-ncna826816

Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello sends letter to congressional leaders calling for further emergency assistance before end of year.

NEW: Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello sends letter to congressional leaders calling for further emergency assistance before end of year: “No governor should ever be put in the position of having to deny that hope in the aftermath of a catastrophic disaster due to the inaction of Congress.” MORE: http://nbcnews.to/2jXLxWj

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