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Press Room

Press Room

Role of Media

Research shows that irresponsible coverage of suicide in the news increases the rates of suicide, especially among youth. And, that coverage of mental illness often misleads the public into believing there is a strong link between mental illness and violence.

Forefront media initiative

Forefront’s media initiative is designed to improve public understanding of suicide prevention, mental health, hope and recovery by providing Washington State journalists, organizations and individuals with the tools for accurate and responsible reporting.