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Laura Jane Grace Offers Advice for Those Struggling with Suicidal Thoughts

In case you didn’t know, September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Recently, Grace spoke with Alternative Press about her own struggles with suicidal thoughts in a plea to offer help to those who are struggling as well.

The Against Me! singer’s main point of emphasis was to “Stay alive. Just stay alive!”

Obviously the issue of suicide is far more complicated and not that easy for those struggling with mental health issues, so Grace explained her own situation.

“I’m, in many ways, really thankful to have hit rock bottom, emotionally, in that sense — to have had like a suicidal nervous breakdown and to have completely lost it,” she says. “It was a place of understanding that took me a long time of working with trained professionals, with psychotherapists, to get to a place of acceptance where you can have empowerment from that; where, once you find the edge and you can see over the other side, why not fuckin’ stick around and see what happens?”

“When I had that realization, it was really freeing because then it was like all my inhibitions dropped in a lot of ways because it was like realizing where the door was and that I could leave at any time; it was almost then like, ‘I wanna stay and see what happens, and fuck it.’”

She acknowledge that she quelled her suicidal thoughts with the help of a professional. Finding the right mental health professional is not always easy and not everybody has access to one. Many healthcare plans don’t cover many mental health issues, but if you do have affordable access to a mental health professional and need the help, don’t look past it. The difference between Laura Jane Grace being with us today or succumbing to suicide could be attributed to her seeking out professional help.

Want to help Puerto Rico? Here’s where you can donate in Tampa Bay

The devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria is overwhelming and it’s time for us to step up and help!! If you have extra hurricane supplies that you didn’t use this is a great way for you to help others who are struggling. The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has started their own relief effort called “Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief.”

Fox 13 reported their locations you can donate along with what necessities are needed:

baby and adult pain relief medicine, baby formula, baby wipes, blankets, bottled water, canned and dry pet food, canned goods, canned milk, chainsaws, cots, crowbars, diapers, dish soap, dry foods, electric cables, electric generators, extension cords, first-aid kits, garbage bags, ground fault protectors, hammers, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, mosquito repellant, pillows, pop-up canopies, rope, safety glasses, shovels, stomach pain relief medicine, tarps, towels, utility knives, wheelbarrows, wood panels, and work gloves.

REALVEST Florida, LLC

3820 Gunn Highway Tampa, FL 33618 813-513-2814 Drop-Off Hours: September 25 to 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Club Pilates Carrollwood 13254 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33618 Drop Off Hours: Monday – Friday (Sept. 25-29) 8am-6pm

BOZZ REALTY GROUP with Keller Williams Realty – New Tampa  23834 State Road 54 Lutz, Fl 33559 *Office building is to the left when you enter 54 U-store parking lot* Drop Off Hours: Monday – Friday (Sept. 25-29) 9:30am – 1:30pm

Brandon Porter Paint  1041 West Brandon Blvd. Brandon, Fl 33511 Drop Off Hours: Monday – Friday (Sept. 25-29) 7am-4pm Saturday (Sept. 30) 8am-12pm

Wesley Chapel Nissan  28519 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Drop Off Hours: Monday – Saturday (Sept. 25-30) 9am -9pm Sunday (Oct. 1) 11am-6pm

If you want more info on this charitable initiative you can check out the website. 

A few local businesses have also come together to form “Puerto rice nos necesita,” or ‘Puerto Rico needs us’. Below are those donation locations (through 10/31):

The Prestige Barbershop of Tampa Bay – Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 105 US-301 #109, Tampa

Los Gorditos Bar & Grill – Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 6110 Causeway Blvd., Tampa

La Fondita de Leo – Monday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 528 Cleveland St., Clearwater

Los Gorditos Food Truck – Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 3125 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa

El Rico Frappé Latino – Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 122 Pierce Christie Dr., Valrico

Items needed: cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, water, canned food items, first aid supplies, baby products, flashlights, generators, blankets, batteries, pet food, mosquito repellent, wireless fans

See The Sweet Birthday Card Andrew McMahon’s Gave Him

Andrew McMahon and his wife Kelly have a 3-year-old daughter named Cecilia (get it now, Cecilia and the Satellite?!) and the sweet card she gave to her Dad on his 35th birthday is just THE BEST. With help from Mom, she listed all the things she loves about him. From ‘taking her to the coffee shop for a chocolate muffin’ to ‘spinning, running, and dancing with me’ they are pretty much all the reasons we would imagine for a cool dad like that!

Little Cecilia on the first day of preschool!

And of course he displayed the EPITOME of cool dadness when he wrote a song for her!!

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness is also one of your Next Big Thing artists this year. If you don’t have tickets be sure you grab some now! You can also enter to score pit passes plus meet every #97XNBT band on our free 97x app!

Pumpkin Truck Catches Fire, Closes Florida Highway

It’s the first official day of fall and Florida sure knows how to kick it off with a bang. Fox 13 reports that a semi carrying pumpkins caught fire this morning in Pasco County. The crash and cleanup closed portions of south bound I-75 near state road 52 for hours causing huge backups. FHP reports that the semi was heading SB when it traveled into the gore. It continued for a few hundred feet before fire began taking over the truck. The driver, Lortatia Marshall, 44, miraculously escaped without injuries! FHP also says the damage to the road is ‘extensive’ and closures could remain for awhile. Read more here. 

PICS: Pumpkin truck catches fire, closes southbound I-75: https://t.co/cBCMGGZGWC pic.twitter.com/piaFr0e9yV — FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) September 22, 2017 A look from the semi fire scene. Bad damage. pic.twitter.com/VU0ps5b53F — FOX 13 Traffic (@Fox13Traffic) September 22, 2017

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