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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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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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