$22K raised at Hospice of San Juan Fundraising Event

Friday Harbor, August 14, 2017: The recent Bootlegger Bash hosted at Village at the Harbour for Hospice of San Juan was an incredible evening and has been deemed a smashing success. All told we raised slightly over $22,000 through our event. All funds have been earmarked to help us meet the $37,500 matching challenge posed by an anonymous donor for our Endowment Fund.

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Cape San Juan knows CPR

Cape San Juan, a community located at the south end of San Juan Island,  is 10.1 miles from the town of Friday Harbor and a 20-minute drive obeying traffic laws. Even then, most residents know that travel time can vary greatly depending on an active summer season. When 9-1-1 is paged, 10 miles of curving tourist laden roads can affect the success of the chain of survival for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). There is a narrow 5-10 minute window before irreversible brain death and other negative effects can occur to an oxygen starved brain and body.

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Report: WA Must Be More Aggressive to Fight Cancer

Washington News Service SEATTLE - Washington state is falling short in some areas of cancer prevention, according to a new report.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network annual report finds the Evergreen State is woefully underfunding tobacco-cessation programs, an important step toward stopping preventable cancer. The state spent $2.3 million in fiscal year 2017, only three-percent of the $63.6 million the CDC recommends.

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Integrating physical and behavioral health care saves lives

In the past two weeks, one San Juan Island resident suffering from depression ended his life, an elderly man sitting on a courthouse bench cut his throat, and San Juan County Sheriff's deputies responded to three attempted suicide calls.

According to information provided by PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, the situation that  most often leads to suicide is when stressors exceed the current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and is often undiagnosed or untreated. 

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Friday: First of two-part series on suicide prevention will be posted

There have been two deaths by suicide and three attempts in the past week in the Islands. Tuesday, an elderly San Juan Island man sitting on a bench at the county Courthouse slashed his throat. He then staggered over to the American Legion stairs where he was found. He was airlifted to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle.


Friday, San Juan Islander is posting the first article in a two-part series about suicide prevention including the excellent Integrative Behavioral Care program at PIMC, myths about suicide, resources available to the community and more. If you or anyone you know is considering suicide, please contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 360-378-4151 or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to their website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ .

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