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Aug 05, 2015

As noted in my previous post, a powerful story in The New York Times last week took on the issue of suicide on college campuses and the many factors that can lead to it— elements including shame and social media.

The reporter, Julie Scelfo, followed up this week with a very informative Q&A addressing ques... read more

Jun 11, 2015

Though the Insight Blog isn’t intended as a comprehensive source for recent research about suicide, we are planning to do occasional posts that call attention to studies of particular interest for those who do prevention work in Washington state.

This research post focuses on two studies that examine significant differences in suicide rates across social groups – in one case, groups defined by race and age, and in the other case by gender and military status.

Black children at risk: The suicide rate for children ages 5 to 11 has remained stable during the... read more

Mar 10, 2015

A recent article in The New York Times reminds us that making access to guns more difficult is likely to be one of the best ways to prevent suicide. A controversial prevention strategy, some might say. But also potentially effective in a state like Washington, where firearms accounted for about half of the 1,027 deaths by suicide in 2013.

The Times article summarizes recent research out of Harvard University’s School of Public... read more

Jan 09, 2015

Here’s another talking point for raising awareness that preventing access to lethal means can prevent suicides. A national survey found that 41 percent of teenagers living in homes with firearm have easy access and “could shoot it right now,” even if they are already at risk for suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of death for this age group,... read more

Jun 20, 2014

By their nature, journalists are skeptics. That's why, as media ethicist Kelly McBride wrote in a blog post last month, some journalists have been dubious about claims that way they write about suicide might lead at-risk individuals to take their own lives.

A growing body of research, however, suggests that “healthy” journalistic skepticism can be lethal when it comes to covering suicide. The latest evidence supporting the "media contagion effect" comes from a major study... read more


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