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Apr 27, 2017

Death by diseases of despair in 2015: Suicide, alcohol, and overdose-related deaths among Caucasians (per 100,000). Graphic by Forefront.Middle-aged white people in the United States are bucking a global trend as they face an escalation in deaths from suicide, overdose and alcohol related deaths, according to a study from Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University.

The issue is considerably worse among less educated people, and Case and Deaton argue... read more

Nov 18, 2016

CC photo by Carissa Rogers ​Instagram, for years, has battled with users on what they can and cannot post when it comes to content involving self-harm. In 2012, Instagram changed its guidelines so that users could express themselves with images of self-harm as long as they appeared in the context of recovery or awareness, and with the condition that the post would have a warning la... read more

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 abo... read more

Mar 04, 2016

The mere thought of people who aren’t fully trained for suicide prevention trying to coach other people through their suicidal thoughts on a social media platform seems horrifying at first glance. That’s what suicide hotlines are for, right? Suicide hotlines are useful for many reasons: the people on the other end of the call are trained for how to deal with someone who has suicidal thoughts; they are closely connected to emergency services if callers decide to take action on their thought... read more

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 "suicid... read more

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