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Jan 12, 2016

Dear PBS,

Forefront Advisory Board member Peggy West received a warm greeting from Governor Jay Inslee at last week’s press conference to announce plans to reduce gun deaths in Washington. (Photo courtesty of Genna Martin, Seattlepi.comDavid Brooks’ [Jan. 8, 2016, NewsHour] comments on the potential impact of gun violence legislation were misleading and dismissive about suicide gun deaths. His comment that "the only difference that gun legislation might make was...

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Jan 11, 2016

It has been more than 20 years since Washington became one of the first states in the nation to develop a Youth Suicide Prevention Plan. Still, too many Washingtonians have died as a result of suicide in these 20 years. Between 1995 and 2014, Washington lost 17,057 citizens to suicide. The vast majority of these deaths occurred among adults. In 2014 there were...

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Jan 07, 2016

Jennifer Stuber calls for common ground around suicide prevention and safe storage of lethal meansWe’ve heard a lot of public talk this week about curbing gun violence.  President Obama and Washington’s Gov. Inslee both announced executive actions aimed at reducing firearm fatalities and injuries through improved background checks and other means. Both also made the often-overlooked point that most gun deaths are suicides. It was good to hear this sad truth finally...

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Jan 01, 2016

Imagine a young man. He’s in his early 20s. He had a good childhood with supportive parents and is attending an elite university. His grades are excellent. He has friends and a long-term girlfriend. He’s never struggled with depression or been addicted to drugs. His future is bright.

Still, his plate is full and he is stressed. His family chalks this up to the workload of a college student who will one day go on to do big things. Instead, one day he becomes another...

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Dec 23, 2015

As kids, some of us grew up with myths: Bloody Mary, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and so on, but one myth that people of all ages have grown up with is the myth that suicide peaks during the holidays. Even though this myth has been proven wrong, it is still told by many people and many news sources. And although myths like Bloody Mary, Big Foot, and the Loch Ness Monster are arguably harmless to share even though they are false, myths about suicide are dangerous to...

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