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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... read more

Aug 10, 2015

Dear Robin McLaurin Williams,

Robin, we miss you and we’re sure you miss us. Although your latest film, Boulevard, paints a quieter picture, we're sure you are coming around the corner any moment, riding a rocket, singing, wearing a sequined suit of lights. In truth, we aren’t sure of anything. The truth is, we never quite knew wha... read more

Apr 21, 2015

Can you imagine a movie called “Heart Disease Squad”? How about “Cancer Squad”? Those titles would be absurd as well as disrespectful to people whose lives have been hurt by those illnesses, right?

So why is a movie called “Suicide Squad” in the works?

Probably the same reason too many authors toss suicide into their fiction: It gets people's attention. But using "suicide"—the term or the act—without consideration for th... read more

Feb 25, 2015

It takes a great deal of courage to acknowledge that you've struggled with suicidal thoughts, or that someone close to you has died by suicide.

Such admissions are rare enough that we do not have common language for them, just as we don't have common ways of discussing mental health and suicide in general. It can be uncomfortable and scary.

But we have to start somewhere, and two people who took the s... read more

Nov 18, 2014

It’s the rare suicide article that encompasses what the suicide prevention community feels: heartbreak, grim statistics (nearly 40,000 dead each year) and a desire to speak out about something so culturally subverted that most people don’t even realize they avoid it.

Chris Ballard’s story, Love, Loss and Survival, in this we... read more

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