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Jun 17, 2016

Upon returning from tWayne Lynch meets former U.S. Rep Patrick Kennedy at the Mental Health America convention. he Mental Health America annual convention in Washington, D.C., I am inspired by seeing and meeting and hearing from so many people working to change the conversation about mental illness and suicide.  

I moderated a panel called "Reporting of Mental Illness — Getting the Story Right,” and also attended productive sessions on how mental...

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Jun 14, 2016

Facebook, the 1.6 billion member social network giant, is expanding its efforts to prevent suicide, The New York Times reports. Both Forefront and our faculty director Jennifer Stuber, are mentioned prominently in the story about this endeavor.

As many of you already know, Facebook partnered last year with Forefront and other suicide-prevention organizations to develop tools that can be used to flag posts that raise concerns...

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Jun 08, 2016

Two items caught my eye in yesterday morning’s Wall Street Journal. The first was an advertisement titled “Accelerating intelligent everything.” It was talking about “a new class of systems that computes and analyzes data where it lives – everywhere.” The second item was titled Scientists Study New Ways to Tell...

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May 25, 2016

Jennifer Stuber (left) and Kathleen Gilligan share an emotional moment after the luncheon.

Washington CeaseFire honored Forefront co-founder Jennifer Stuber yesterday with its 2016 Delores Jones Person of the Year Award for the individual who has done the most to reduce gun violence in Washington this year. The UW Social Work associate...

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May 19, 2016

(Photo compliments of the Moyer Foundation)I found out my husband Matt died by suicide, five years ago, at 9:30 in the morning. I had just dropped off my 5-year-old son at school. Nobody in my life had ever died this way before. I was in shock. I had no idea what to do. My chief concern at that grief-stricken moment was what to tell my kindergartener at 3:30 when I picked him up from school.

Thanks to grief support services provided by the...

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