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News and Views Forefront Insight Blog Personal & professional perspectives on news and policy related to mental health and suicide prevention
Jan 24, 2017

This morning, I submitted a testimony before the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, which is considering several pieces of legislation related to substance abuse prevention and treatment. My testimony was in support of House Bill 1047, a drug take-back program to protect public health through safe storage and disposal of medications:

"My name is Jennifer Stuber. I am an Associate Professor at the University of Washington and the director of a suicide prevention...

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Dec 22, 2016

It's that time of the year again, where we reflect on the past twelve months and make New Year’s resolutions. In the suicide prevention field, we look towards 2017 while learning from new data, ideas, and tools. 

Washington State has made some incredible strides with suicide prevention in the past year. Notably, in the past legislative session Forefront helped pass HB 2793, a bill which resulted in suicide prevention trainings with firearm retailers and pharmacists...

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Dec 09, 2016

Passing in a landslide, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.34) is on its way to President Obama’s desk next Tuesday. Hailed as the most significant piece of mental health legislation in nearly a decade, it is designed to reform and increase funding for research, approval, and delivery of lifesaving cures and treatment.

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Nov 18, 2016

CC photo by Carissa Rogers ​Instagram, for years, has battled with users on what they can and cannot post when it comes to content involving self-harm. In 2012, Instagram changed its guidelines so that users could express themselves with images of self-harm as long as they appeared in the context of recovery or awareness, and with the condition that the post would have a warning...

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Sep 19, 2016

Kristen Spexarth It's rare to find a person who can accurately and meaningfully describe the unique agony of someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. In fact, it takes someone who has known that pain first-hand. Kristen Spexarth knows it from the loss of her son, Colby, and she has bravely and lovingly found the words to describe her journey—beautiful, wise words that are a balm to me and to many other suicide loss survivors.

In her new book...

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