National Suicide Prevention Month

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This month is recognized by many mental health advocates, organizations, survivors, and community members to unite and promote suicide prevention and awareness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. September is designated the month to share…

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MedicAlert Awareness Month

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The month of August is Medic Alert Awareness Month. For over 60 years, the MedicAlert Foundation International (MAFI) has customized jewelry for people who suffer from life threatening medical conditions. Dr. Marion Collins established MAFI after his daughter, Linda, nearly died of a severe allergic reaction during a simple non-life-threatening medical procedure. Soon after, the…

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

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August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) awareness month. Organizations like Cure SMA work diligently to educate the public about this genetically-passed disease that is the leading cause of death of infants up to 2 years of age. 1 in 50 Americans, despite gender or race, can be a carrier of this recessive gene. Being informed…

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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As the state’s leading voluntary eye health and safety organization, “Prevent Blindness” is dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. Established in 1965, “Prevent Blindness Texas” is focused on improving the state’s vision and eye health by educating the community through the core competencies of early detection, patient support, systems enhancement, and public policy. Prevent…

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Sales Tax Holiday for Back-to-School

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Back-to-school is right around the corner which means the arrival of Texas’ annual Sales Tax Holiday, which has been an annual event since 1999. This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 6, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 8. Shoppers will pay no state or local sales tax on many school supplies, most clothing…

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