Suicide & Mental Health Resources

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 […]

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 […]

September 04, 2019

Connecting on Jamie’s Birthday

Warm greetings from the James Kirk Bernard Foundation, and welcome to our eNews, Create-Connect-Contribute. I’m Liz Bell, the new Executive Director of JKBF, and I am pleased to be able to honor Jamie’s memory and contribute to the important work of the foundation. Today at JKBF we are reaching out in recognition of Jamie’s birthday, […]

January 05, 2012

2012 Grant Support For Active Minds, changing the conversation…

  The Foundation will provide a grant of $20,000 to Active Minds.  Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.  By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ […]

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 […]