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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Suicide loss survivors find comfort in sharing and understanding
Kristen Spexarth leads workshop participants in meditation as one means of “leaning into the discomfort” of losing a loved one to suicide. — Photo by Melissa Allison

Strange as it may seem, spending time with a group of hurting loss suicide survivors can be the most comforting experience on earth. For other survivors, it’s a chance to let down their guard, to not have to explain themselves and to just share the pain and know that they are understood.


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Nov 24, 2014 -- The University of Arizona has been getting a lot of attention -- deservedly -- for its comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. It calls its program Project Lifeline. One of the novel aspects of this program is that it directly engages the university's academic units in suicide... more
Nov 18, 2014 -- It’s the rare suicide article that encompasses what the suicide prevention community feels: heartbreak, grim statistics (nearly 40,000 dead each year) and a desire to speak out about something so culturally subverted that most people don’t even realize they avoid it. Chris Ballard’s story... 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... more