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Nov 18, 2016

CC photo by Carissa Rogers ​Instagram, for years, has battled with users on what they can and cannot post when it comes to content involving self-harm. In 2012, Instagram changed its guidelines so that users could express themselves with images of self-harm as long as they appeared in the context of recovery or awareness, and with the condition that the post would have a warning...

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Sep 19, 2016

Kristen Spexarth It's rare to find a person who can accurately and meaningfully describe the unique agony of someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. In fact, it takes someone who has known that pain first-hand. Kristen Spexarth knows it from the loss of her son, Colby, and she has bravely and lovingly found the words to describe her journey—beautiful, wise words that are a balm to me and to many other suicide loss survivors.

In her new book...

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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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