[The first paragraph's reference to the shortage of mental-health care in Washington has been clarified.]

Young people are at high risk of suicide, and the risk is even greater for those living in rural areas, according to a recent JAMA Pediatrics study and editorial.  National Public Radio examines some of the possible reasons why, with co

Facebook has worked with Forefront, a UW-borne group aimed at suicide prevention, to create support mechanisms for members of its community who might have severe depression. 

Forty-one percent of teens who live in a home where a firearm is kept reported having easy access to it.

Teen pressures and anxieties have not diminished from previous generations and may actually be broader, involving feelings of sexual-identity crisis and greater concern for future employment opportunities.

The gun-control debate is narrowly framed around criminal homicides and school shootings, which ignores the huge proportion of suicides that involve firearms.

Middle-age white men are particularly vulnerable to suicide and "don't tend to ask for help," says Sue Eastgard, director of training at Forefront, a suicide-prevention program in the University of Washington's School of Social Work. 

Suicide prevention in Washington state took a significant step forward March 27 when Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2315, a bill that requires basic training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management for medical care providers.

The University of Washington, in collaboration with Forefront, has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 suicide-prevention grant to launch Husky Help & Hope, a comprehensive suicide-prevention init


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