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Sep 14, 2016

President Obama’s 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day proclamation called upon Americans “to join with neighbors across the globe … [and] get people critical help when they are in crisis and raise awareness of the importance of preventing suicide in every community.”

We saw that kind of commitment locally on Saturday, Sept. 10, at two Forefront...

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Aug 26, 2016

Columbia University Professor Madelyn GouldGabrielle Glaser’s recent New York Times article, A Suicidologist’s New Challenge: The George Washington Bridge, about the 30-plus years of work of Maddy Gould, Professor at Columbia University, provides a great summary of some of the challenges and groundbreaking work in suicide prevention...

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Aug 19, 2016

Photo by Jann VašekMany innovations, like Play-Doh and mouthwash, were originally designed for one purpose only to have a profound impact in another arena. Such is the case with Crisis Text Line, a non-profit which launched in 2013 with the text messaging-savvy younger generation in mind.

Its platform, which provides free 24/7 crisis support through SMS messages, has become a boon for another demographic: Deaf and hard of hearing (HH) individuals who may otherwise lack access...

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Jul 06, 2016

Three recent encounters left me musing about the importance of empathy and emotional well-being in the lives of those we love and touch.

We all meet proud parents. Parents whose joy in their children shines like an aura. In my travels, I crossed paths with such a parent recently. As we talked, stories emerged about a beloved son, a bright and articulate elementary student. I enjoyed soaking in the reflected parental love...

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Jun 30, 2016

Most of us know that State Rep. Tina Orwall has been a strong voice in Western Washington on suicide prevention.  Now The Seattle Times, the largest daily newspaper in Washington, is citing that advocacy in endorsing Orwall for re-election to her 33rd Legislative District seat.

The Times editorial highlights Orwall’s work last session on successful...

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