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Mar 26, 2014

Gov. Jay Inslee will sign ESHB 2315, a bill to substantially improve suicide prevention, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 27.  The bill brings front-line medical care professionals directly into the effort to end suicide by requiring six hours of training in suicide risk, assessment and management as part of their continuing education. It also pilots a psychiatric resource line and mandates a state suicide prevention plan across age groups.

“Washington's 2315 is the perhaps the most forward thinking response to the...

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Mar 18, 2014

It has been nearly 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, and only a few weeks from his posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—putting his life, music and death by suicide back in the news.  Charles Cross’s recent book excerpt in Seattle Weekly reflects on the factors that put the 27-year-old musician at risk for suicide as well as on the public health response to prevent copycat attempts.

At the time Forefront Training Director Sue Eastgard was the executive director...

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Mar 06, 2014

Washington’s legislature passed the most ambitious suicide prevention law of any state across the country today, March 6. ESHB 2315 requires that all doctors and nurses in the state are trained in the skills needed to prevent lives lost to suicide, and creates a phone consultation line for front-line providers caring for patients of concern. This is on top of the two laws already passed in Washington in 2012 and 2013 to better equip mental health professionals and schools in the prevention of suicide. To use sports lingo, it’s a Hat Trick and a rare occurrence to have three legislative...

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Feb 17, 2014

Thanks to Representative Orwall and the House especially, the Health Care and Appropriations committees for passing ESHB 2315 concerning suicide prevention. Washington's lawmakers are way ahead of the curve in the nation in addressing this important public health issue that impacts so many of us. 

To the grassroots advocates-- including veterans, clinicians, loss and attempt survivors-- who show up time and time again in the legislature and in your communities to provide education about this important issue, THANK YOU.

Your voice has been heard. One more suicide is one too...

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Feb 05, 2014

Thanks to the Lewis County Sirens for paying attention to the important public health issue of suicide.

News coverage that conveys compassion for suicidal individuals and lets people know treatment is available can help save lives.

The rates of suicide in Washington are higher than the national average. In Lewis County, the rates are high within Washington State.

It would be helpful if there were resources for the coroner to investigate suicide deaths so that future suicides can be prevented.  Some key...

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