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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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Oct 02, 2014

The debate about background checks for gun purchases misses the issue of preventing suicide deaths, writes Jennifer Stuber in this guest column for the Seattle Times.

LISTENING to the current debate in Washington State over background checks for gun buyers around Initiatives 591 and 594, one might conclude the main policy challenge is how to limit the misuse of guns to prevent homicides.

But that would be...

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Aug 12, 2014

This week we're having a national conversation about suicide and depression, topics too often kept under wraps because of the stigma surrounding them. It comes at a terrible cost—the Aug. 11 death of actor and comedic genius Robin Williams—but gives rise to the hope expressed the morning after his death by NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman that maybe, just maybe, this will be the “turning point where we talk about mental illness in a different way.”

Here in Seattle, KING5-TV used the teachable moment created by William’s tragic death by apparent suicide to educate viewers about the...

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