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May 02, 2014

The personal stories and insights of people who have attempted suicide are capturing increasing attention in the press, pegged to the American Association of Suicidology’s recent approval of a Suicide Attempt Survivor/Lived Experience membership division. Recent stories in the...

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Apr 02, 2014

Tragedy, frustration and the hope for change come together in a recent opinion piece by Auburn Reporter regional editor Mark Klaas. Coping with a youth suicide close to home reflects on the aftermath of the death of a Green River Community College international student on March 3.

There’s tragedy and grief for the loss. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- 24-year-olds.  As his column demonstrates, the statistic stings when the death happens in your community, on your campus. Good for him and the...

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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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