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Nov 04, 2015

It rose briefly in the news media last month that Gloria Darden, mother of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died last spring while in custody by Baltimore police, had attempted to take her own life. Darden was admitted to a local hospital on Oct. 21 with injuries indicating a suicide attempt, according to news sources including The Washington Post. She is expected to survive.

Just weeks earlier, the city of Baltimore had settled with Gray’s family for $6.4 million, and six officers now face trial over Gray’s death. The family appeared to have received a modicum of justice....

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Oct 26, 2015

Youth firearm deaths have been headlined with heartbreaking frequency in recent weeks. Last weekend Marysville-Pilchuck High School students marked the anniversary of the death of five classmates including the shooter, even as residents of Roseburg, Oregon, continued to grieve for the college students gunned down by a shooter who then took his own life. Events like these are tragic reminders to embrace practical...

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Oct 12, 2015

The campus shooting in Oregon earlier this month— which, sadly, is not this country’s most recent—prompted talk about whether the shooter should be named. “You will never hear me say his name,” Roseburg Sheriff John Hanlin said, and encouraged the community and even the media to "avoid using it, repeating it, or engaging in any...

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Oct 07, 2015

Mary Richards tells how her college helped. (Photo by Matt Taylor)Last week, more than 100 people from across Washington gathered at the University of Puget Sound to learn methods to prevent suicide on our college campuses.

We consumed reams of information: strategies to encourage the belief that suicide is preventable; what it means to create a comprehensive prevention plan. Best practices for working with LGBTQ students, veterans and Native American students. Correlations...

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Sep 24, 2015

Getting ready for work this morning, I almost couldn’t believe my ears.

“Having tools for suicide completion totally makes it way more tempting to attempt or complete suicide,” a young man who’s attempted to kill himself many times told Youth Radio in piece called “Gun Access Can Turn Suicidal Thoughts Into Action.”

It was on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” meaning millions of people were learning, as I recently did, about the strong connection between gun...

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