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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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Dec 02, 2015

Executive Director Matt Taylor explains Forefront's ongoing collaboration with Facebook

After several media outlets latched onto the news of Sinead O’Connor’s Facebook posts about suicidal intentions and family strife, at least one reporter shunned sensationalism and took the high road toward suicide prevention. International Business Times technology reporter Kerry Flynn used the flurry of attention as a news peg to report...

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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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