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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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Feb 27, 2016

Photo by Katie M. SimmonsHarvey Milk spoke the following words in 1978. He was the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. His impassioned appeal to the San Francisco gay community—to step into the light in ways both private and public, to allow themselves to be seen—has inspired me repeatedly since I first became aware of it.

Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out. Come out to your parents…Come out to your relatives. Come...

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Feb 23, 2016

When a tragic event happens and it ends with someone dying, especially when that person takes their own life, people naturally look for someone to blame. This could not be truer than with suicide. Suicide can be really confusing for people to understand—so the easiest out is often to blame the person they think is responsible. So when a person dies by suicide, and that person was also bullied—the person who often gets blamed for their suicide is the bully.

An...

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