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I posted a couple of pictures of the Duckies yesterday, and got a suggestion to share them here, so I have. There are 14 of them in the blurry-ish shot of them swimming, and there were 14 outside this morning, so it seems like one of the newcomers may have earned her stripes.
On a far more serious note, I see today is World Suicide Prevention Day, an annual campaign that's now more than 15 years old. Every day can use more attention to this public health problem, so this is certainly a worthy cause. This is brought home by the facts noted in this flier which says that one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, suicide is the leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds, and, most importantly, these are preventable deaths. It offers tips on how to deal with suicidal thoughts in yourself or in others, offering a call to action on how we can all be a part of helping with this. Here's hoping you are fortunate enough not to be dealing with suicidal thoughts in yourself or anyone around you, but if you know someone struggling, this offers thoughts on how to help, and if you are struggling yourself, please reach out.
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