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May 25, 2016

Jennifer Stuber (left) and Kathleen Gilligan share an emotional moment after the luncheon.

Washington CeaseFire honored Forefront co-founder Jennifer Stuber yesterday with its 2016 Delores Jones Person of the Year Award for the individual who has done the most to reduce gun violence in Washington this year. The UW Social Work associate...

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May 19, 2016

(Photo compliments of the Moyer Foundation)I found out my husband Matt died by suicide, five years ago, at 9:30 in the morning. I had just dropped off my 5-year-old son at school. Nobody in my life had ever died this way before. I was in shock. I had no idea what to do. My chief concern at that grief-stricken moment was what to tell my kindergartener at 3:30 when I picked him up from school.

Thanks to grief support services provided by the...

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Apr 25, 2016

Age-adjusted suicide rates for U.S. females, by race and Hispanic origin: 1999 and 2014 (CDC/NCHS)Efforts to reduce suicide rates in Washington State, including a new law on which Forefront collaborated on with the state NRA and others, could not come at a more important time. After a...

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Apr 15, 2016

A new research study suggests that something as simple as regular, personalized letters following a short term of therapy can help individuals at risk of repeating an attempt at suicide. Swiss researchers tested the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) with approximately 120 people who had been hospitalized after attempting suicide.

The patients were divided into a control group receiving standard treatment (in-patient and out-patient) and an ASSIP...

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Mar 04, 2016

The mere thought of people who aren’t fully trained for suicide prevention trying to coach other people through their suicidal thoughts on a social media platform seems horrifying at first glance. That’s what suicide hotlines are for, right? Suicide hotlines are useful for many reasons: the people on the other end of the call are trained for how to deal with someone who has suicidal thoughts; they are closely connected to emergency services if callers decide to take action on their...

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