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Mar 08, 2017

It is easy for people (and the media) to blame suicide on one factor — like bullying. But suicide is complex, and usually involves a mix of factors such as depression and anxiety. Similarly, it is also easy for people to praise one factor for decreasing suicide rates. A recent Los Angeles Times article highlights a study showing that same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens. Author Melissa Healy explores the lowe... read more

Feb 28, 2017

This week, I have a personal call to action: Asking your state Representatives to support SHB 1047, the secure drug take-back bill. In order to stay alive, this bill (now in the House Rules Committee) needs to be pulled from Rules and receive a floor vote by 5PM on Wednesday, March 8.

With enough phone calls and emails to legislators, this will happen!

The WA Secure Drug Take-Back Bill (SHB 1047) will create a statewide medicine return program wi... 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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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 wi... read more

Oct 16, 2014

More than two months after actor Robin Williams’ death, suicide prevention crisis lines are still reporting an unprecedented increase in calls, according to Newsweek. Directors attributed the increase to greater awareness due to widespread publication of crisis line numbers and more open discussion of depression and suicide risk. 

By Roy K. Bunce

I am a 74-year old Parkinson’s patient. I received my diagnosis in 1995. Recently, my daughter solicite... read more

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