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News and Views Forefront Insight Blog Personal & professional perspectives on news and policy related to mental health and suicide prevention
Feb 12, 2016

When a loved one dies from suicide, you never stop wondering what really happened. You spend countless hours considering what pushed him or her over the edge. You try to figure out if there was anything else you could have done. You research, you ponder and often you torture yourself trying to find an answer, even though you’ll never know if you’ve found it.

Recently I read that new research has shown that getting a concussion increases a person’s...

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Jan 31, 2016

I lost my mother to a postpartum mood disorder when I was 2 years old. Two years is longer than many children have with mothers who suffer from such disorders and end up killing themselves — and, of course, the time leading up to their deaths is fraught with difficulties, for the mothers and their newborns.

Such is the power of ignorance, taboo and liability concerns that even doctors have feared broaching the subject of postpartum depression and other mood...

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Jan 20, 2016

As many people have heard, there’s a new movie about Japan’s suicide forest called “The Forest.” Although some may like it, there are controversies over how the movie sensationalizes suicide—and how it presents people taking their lives.

Suicide is something that people need to take seriously as an issue, not something to fictionalize over at the movie theater.

"The Forest" is a horror movie about a girl who goes to Japan to find her missing twin sister inside the "...

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Jan 12, 2016

Dear PBS,

Forefront Advisory Board member Peggy West received a warm greeting from Governor Jay Inslee at last week’s press conference to announce plans to reduce gun deaths in Washington. (Photo courtesty of Genna Martin, Seattlepi.comDavid Brooks’ [Jan. 8, 2016, NewsHour] comments on the potential impact of gun violence legislation were misleading and dismissive about suicide gun deaths. His comment that "the only difference that gun legislation might make was...

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Jan 11, 2016

It has been more than 20 years since Washington became one of the first states in the nation to develop a Youth Suicide Prevention Plan. Still, too many Washingtonians have died as a result of suicide in these 20 years. Between 1995 and 2014, Washington lost 17,057 citizens to suicide. The vast majority of these deaths occurred among adults. In 2014 there were...

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