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Jan 09, 2015

Here’s another talking point for raising awareness that preventing access to lethal means can prevent suicides. A national survey found that 41 percent of teenagers living in homes with firearm have easy access and “could shoot it right now,” even if they are already at risk for suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of death for this age group...

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Nov 24, 2014

The University of Arizona has been getting a lot of attention -- deservedly -- for its comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. It calls its program Project Lifeline.

One of the novel aspects of this program is that it directly engages the university's academic units in suicide prevention.  

UA has been testing discipline-specific "modules" on suicide...

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Nov 18, 2014

It’s the rare suicide article that encompasses what the suicide prevention community feels: heartbreak, grim statistics (nearly 40,000 dead each year) and a desire to speak out about something so culturally subverted that most people don’t even realize they avoid it.

Chris Ballard’s story, Love, Loss and Survival, in this...

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Oct 16, 2014

More than two months after actor Robin Williams’ death, suicide prevention crisis lines are still reporting an unprecedented increase in calls, according to Newsweek. Directors attributed the increase to greater awareness due to widespread publication of crisis line numbers and more open discussion of depression and suicide risk. 

By Roy K. Bunce

I am a 74-year old Parkinson’s patient. I received my diagnosis in 1995. Recently, my daughter...

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Oct 10, 2014

There’s good news and bad news regarding The Cost of Not Caring, USA Today’s Weekend edition package on suicide and prevention. It’s mostly good news that millions of online and print readers will see this special report, which calls out America for seeming “almost complacent” about losing 40,000 lives a year. It’s even good news that it highlights the bad news: i.e., that far, far less money and effort is spent on preventing suicide than on “diseases and social ills...

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