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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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Jun 25, 2014

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has launched a terrific tool for changing the public conversation about suicide and suicide prevention, a goal that’s also at the heart of Forefront’s media and public information efforts. The Alliance’s Framework for Successful Messaging ( provides practical guidance to public information officers, behavioral health professionals, suicide prevention advocates and others to speak with the press or public in ways...

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Jun 20, 2014

By their nature, journalists are skeptics. That's why, as media ethicist Kelly McBride wrote in a blog post last month, some journalists have been dubious about claims that way they write about suicide might lead at-risk individuals to take their own lives.

A growing body of research, however, suggests that “healthy” journalistic skepticism can be lethal when it comes to covering suicide. The latest evidence supporting the "media contagion effect" comes from a major study...

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May 29, 2014

Nearly 100 journalists were directly challenged last summer to help change and elevate the conversation about mental illness and suicide. Now the key messages they heard from panelists at the Radio Television Digital News Association and Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, Calif., are available online at

The six-minute videos were co-produced by Wayne Lynch, news director at Northwest Cable News, and Brian Dyak, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industries Council...

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