Suicide & Mental Health Resources

November 04, 2019

JKBF bestows first Biological Research Award

At the 2019 International Summit on Suicide Research in Miami, FL, the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) and JKBF presented the first James Kirk Bernard Foundation Award for Excellence in the Biological Exploration of Suicide to Arthur Ryan, Ph.D. Selected by an IASR committee as a finalist in a pool of early career researchers presenting innovative biological […]

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 […]

September 24, 2019

Suicide, The Numbers

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and at JKBF we believe both facts and perspective are important in understanding the complex and devastating condition we are working to prevent. The pain of suicide touches all of us, and losses of high-profile celebrities and mental health advocates have shown that suicide can affect anyone. Suicide is a […]

April 22, 2011

Send Silence Packing Tour

Send Silence Packing, a program of Active Minds, is an exhibit of 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college student lives lost to suicide each year. Active Minds Inc. has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in honor of loved ones impacted by suicide. By displaying backpacks with personal stories […]