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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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Sep 03, 2015

As we look ahead to World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, 2015, we can find both hope and a call to action in the results of a recent Mental Health and Suicide Survey poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of three national mental health and suicide prevention organizations.

In it, more than 78 percent of 2,020 Americans surveyed indicated they would encourage someone...

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Aug 31, 2015

Sometimes people ask whether media really have an impact on the suicide rate. Sure, they're influential, but can words in the paper or on the screen affect whether someone attempts to take his or her own life?

One of the most often cited studies comes from Austria, where scientists charted suicides in the Vienna subway system before and after the 1987 implementation of media guidelines for suicide coverage.

At the recent web conference,...

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Aug 25, 2015


Kudos to The Seattle Times for its thoughtful Sunday editorial calling on lawmakers to fix the root causes of gun violence. Pointing out that “more people are killed every year by guns than car crashes,” it calls for building public policy around key health data for Seattle and King County....

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