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Aug 06, 2015

Active Minds memorial to 1100 college lives lost each year.I read the recent New York Times story on college suicides with such gratitude. First, for the story itself—for the courageous young woman who stepped forward to share her hope. Thank you to the New York Times for this investment. We need more news stories like this one about the...

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Aug 05, 2015

As noted in my previous post, a powerful story in The New York Times last week took on the issue of suicide on college campuses and the many factors that can lead to it— elements including shame and social media.

The reporter, Julie Scelfo, followed up this week with a very informative Q&A addressing...

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Aug 03, 2015

Photo by Alexander TranThe New York Times ran an article last week that highlighted suicides on campuses and talked about some possible causes and solutions. The writer, Julie Scelfo, addressed complex issues, including the pull of college students—and indeed, many of us in general—to feel that we’re succeeding.


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Jul 13, 2015

Poynter vice president and ethics expert Kelly McBride talks with workshop participantI had the privilege of traveling to the Dallas Morning News to attend a special two-and-a-half day workshop on “Coverage of Suicide and Mental Health,” sponsored by the highly-regarded journalism think tank – the Poynter Institute.   

Some two dozen journalists attended, hearing from national experts in the field, a newsroom trainer, and a...

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Jul 07, 2015

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, written in the aftermath of World War II, outlines the unalienable rights and freedoms of all people. While this document is considered a progressive work, people suffering from conditions that lead to suicidal ideations and actions have consistently been omitted from the rhetoric surrounding human rights.

Although protection exists for veterans, victims of sexual assault, war refugees, and people living in poverty, all of these groups are at risk for suicide. Excluding suicide...

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