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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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Sep 18, 2015

Journalists, indeed anyone, seeking to speak accurately and productively about behavioral health issues just got a great new tool. The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health was released yesterday with ample reminders that sound depictions of mental health 

conditions, substance use disorders and suicide can...

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