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Jan 01, 2016

Imagine a young man. He’s in his early 20s. He had a good childhood with supportive parents and is attending an elite university. His grades are excellent. He has friends and a long-term girlfriend. He’s never struggled with depression or been addicted to drugs. His future is bright.

Still, his plate is full and he is stressed. His family chalks this up to the workload of a college student who will one day go on to do big things. Instead, one day he becomes another... read more

Dec 23, 2015

As kids, some of us grew up with myths: Bloody Mary, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and so on, but one myth that people of all ages have grown up with is the myth that suicide peaks during the holidays. Even though this myth has been proven wrong, it is still told by many people and many news sources. And although myths like Bloody Mary, Big Foot, and the Loch Ness Monster are arguably harmless to share even though they are false, myths about suicide are dangerous to... read more

Sep 03, 2015

As we look ahead to World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, 2015, we can find both hope and a call to action in the results of a recent Mental Health and Suicide Survey poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of three national mental health and suicide prevention organizations.

In it, more than 78 percent of 2,020 Americans surveyed indicated they would encourage someone a... read more

Aug 31, 2015

Sometimes people ask whether media really have an impact on the suicide rate. Sure, they're influential, but can words in the paper or on the screen affect whether someone attempts to take his or her own life?

One of the most often cited studies comes from Austria, where scientists charted suicides in the Vienna subway system before and after the 1987 implementation of media guidelines for suicide coverage.

At the recent web conference,... read more

Aug 25, 2015


Kudos to The Seattle Times for its thoughtful Sunday editorial calling on lawmakers to fix the root causes of gun violence. Pointing out that “more people are killed every year by guns than car crashes,” it calls for building public policy around key health data for Seattle and King County. I... read more

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