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April 29, 2020

Considering the Biology of Suicide in Autism

By Liz Bell April is Autism Awareness Month (AAM), a time to showcase the one in 54 Americans living with this neurobiological condition that affects behavior and social communication to widely varying degrees. While AAM is an opportunity to celebrate acceptance and the unique gifts and contributions of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), it […]

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 12, 2020

Metabolic differences provide biological clues and treatment potential for suicide

We often speak of mental health concerns in the context of ‘chemical imbalances’ and many of us are aware that levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, have been found to be altered in those with mental health conditions. We don’t yet know why or how, and rarely does someone go looking for the answer in an individual patient. […]

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, […]