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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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Jun 17, 2016

Upon returning from tWayne Lynch meets former U.S. Rep Patrick Kennedy at the Mental Health America convention. he Mental Health America annual convention in Washington, D.C., I am inspired by seeing and meeting and hearing from so many people working to change the conversation about mental illness and suicide.  

I moderated a panel called "Reporting of Mental Illness — Getting the Story Right,” and also attended productive sessions on how mental...

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Jun 14, 2016

Facebook, the 1.6 billion member social network giant, is expanding its efforts to prevent suicide, The New York Times reports. Both Forefront and our faculty director Jennifer Stuber, are mentioned prominently in the story about this endeavor.

As many of you already know, Facebook partnered last year with Forefront and other suicide-prevention organizations to develop tools that can be used to flag posts that raise concerns...

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