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Apr 20, 2017

“You have to treat the root of the problem, and not just operate on the symptoms,” explained Ebbem, a Norwegian medical student and my seatmate on a recent flight from Oslo to Amsterdam. “When I did my psychiatric rotations in northern Norway, I would ask people ‘How are you today?’ and they would talk for great lengths and detail about everything that was bothering them. It was as if no one had ever asked them ‘How are you today?’ It was clear they had a lot to get off their chest. It helped that I was an outsider who they had never met and had no long-term presence in their community.”... read more

Jan 30, 2017

More adolescents than ever are struggling with their mental health. While not a shock, this reality comes with concerns: How do we help adolescents? How do we fix mental health issues? Where do we target adolescents who need the help? The Boston Herald’s Kathleen McKiernan investigates the answers that we as a community so desperately need in Special Report: Schools face surge in suicide attempts.

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Oct 07, 2015

Mary Richards tells how her college helped. (Photo by Matt Taylor)Last week, more than 100 people from across Washington gathered at the University of Puget Sound to learn methods to prevent suicide on our college campuses.

We consumed reams of information: strategies to encourage the belief that suicide is preventable; what it means to create a comprehensive prevention plan. Best practices for working with LGBTQ students, veterans and Native American students. Correlations betw... read more

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 pub... read more

Apr 24, 2015

When we began the Husky, Help and Hope (H3) program in 2014 to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention practices at the University of Washington Seattle campus, it is safe to say there were some good things happening, but there was room for improvement. There were several holes in the system catching students who are struggling and may be at risk for suicide, which a broad group of stake... read more


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