Suicide & Mental Health Resources

April 13, 2020

Sleep Matters

By Alison Brown, MSc. “O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse.”   – William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2 Sleep is an elusive, enigmatic activity. According to award-winning author Bill Bryson’s The Body, no one knows exactly why we sleep — to consolidate memories, reset the immune system, restore hormonal balance, or clear metabolic waste and neurotoxins? […]

April 13, 2020

Why we are talking about Sleep and Suicide

At JKBF we’ve been following the topic of sleep closely, as increasing evidence shows disordered sleep may be a modifiable, biological risk factor for suicide. Since we know that college students often have poor sleep patterns and show increasing levels of mental health concerns, we were pleased to partner with Active Minds to bring sleep […]

April 10, 2020

Self Care in the time of COVID-19

by Stina Peterson Changes in routine, financial strain and uncertainty, health risks, and even access to toilet paper caused by the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world have brought uncertainty and anxiety upon many of us. While a variety of feelings can arise out of this situation, focusing on the things we can control, […]

March 05, 2020

For Active Minds, connecting matters

Showing an inspiring commitment to changing the conversation around mental health, the Active Minds National Conference 2020 gathered more than 600 students, counselors, and mental health supporters from across the nation in February. We were pleased to sponsor the conference and join in Bridging Gaps: Changing Culture in the Everyday.   A keynote by Frank Warren, […]

January 30, 2020

Suicide Numbers continue to increase

Today the CDC released their Mortality Statistics for 2018 and once again, the news is sobering. Even though the US death rate decreased by 1.1% and life expectancy showed a marginal improvement, the suicide death rate is up 1.4% to 14.2 deaths per 100,000. Death rates decreased in six categories, and suicide was one of only […]

January 17, 2020

Bringing SLEEP to college with Active Minds

We are pleased to again sponsor the Active Minds National Conference, where college students and their support teams gather to learn strategies that help to change the conversation around mental health and prevent suicide.  In collaboration with Active Minds, we are also thrilled to bring our #mindbodyconnect message to these students through speakers Birdie Cunningham and Roxanne Prichard, PhD from […]

December 11, 2019

JKBF In the Press

Our approach to exploring the biology of suicide as a way to find new approaches to treatment and prevention made the Roaring Fork Weekly Journal after an astonishing six suicides occurred in our rural mountain area this fall.  

December 02, 2019

JKBF’s Grant to Bard College supports Mental Health Initiatives

Bard College recently shared an update on their implementation of JKBF’s 2018 grant, which is funded in honor of Jamie by donations made by the Bernard family. One of Jamie’s favorite places at Bard was the library, and upgrades to library services this year provided new opportunities for students to step back from their work […]

October 24, 2019

Risk Factors of Suicide: the conventional list, and perspective from a biological researcher

When someone attempts or dies by suicide, many of us are inclined to ask ‘why?,’ but often there is no particular answer. Suicide is a complex phenomenon, with evidence of contributing influences encompassing social, genetic, familial, neurobiological, economic, neuropsychological, environmental, and situational factors. There is no singular ‘cause’ of suicide, but years of research have […]

October 14, 2019

JKBF Funds Evidence-Based Guidelines through Active Minds to Reduce Stigma, Support Awareness, and Foster Intervention

Since 2010 JKBF has been funding the work of Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students. Focusing on reducing stigma and helping high school and college students know about mental health strategies and resources, Active Minds has grown to more than 450 student-led chapters across the nation […]