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April 05, 2022

JKBF Awardee Publishes in SLEEP

In October, JKBF granted its second research award to Nikolaj Kjær Høier, a young scientist investigating biological factors important to suicide risk presenting at the 2021 International Summit on Suicide Research. We are pleased to share that his work has recently been published in SLEEP, the journal of the Sleep Research Society (SRS). Mr. Høier‘s paper, Association between hospital-diagnosed sleep […]

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April 03, 2022

Recapping The Interplay of Environmental Exposures and Mental Health: Setting an Agenda

Previously we reported insights on considerations of the often-overlooked impacts of environmental exposures on mental health in a series covering the National Academies of Science’s 2021 workshop, “The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health.”  Change is starting to occur, as the organizers now report, ‘Science and policy experts in the environmental and behavioral health […]

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March 16, 2022

Statistics Show Reduction in Lives Lost to Suicide in 2020, Continued Need for Research and Prevention

Most of us will agree that 2020 was a year unlike anything we had experienced, as the world shut down in the face of a pandemic threat that was confusing, invasive, and ever-evolving. As we became more isolated and anxious, it was heartening to see open conversations about mental health and widespread recommendations for supportive […]

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February 23, 2022

Grant to Active Minds supports National Conference 2022

JKBF’s 2021 grant of $12,500 to Active Minds supported their annual National Conference in February 2022. Turn It Up was designed as a hybrid conference to capitalize on the benefits of gathering in person as well as the expanded reach afforded by a virtual setting. Due to increases in Covid cases across the country, at […]

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January 23, 2022

Be an Angel

It’s been 12 years since James Kirk Bernard became an angel. In recognition of the anniversary of his passing we have partnered with a consistent JKBF supporter, artist Amy Weishaar of A.WhiteHare Designs. Amy has created a collection of angels, including the recent addition of our angel, James, custom painted for the Bernard family. Angel […]

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January 21, 2022

Chronic Illness, A Factor in Suicide Risk

By Meghan Bellamy   In recent years CDC Statistics have reflected that eight of the top ten causes of death in the US were chronic illnesses, with the tenth being suicide. In 2020, that changed with the insertion of Covid pandemic deaths ranking third, yet chronic disease and suicide remain prominent causes of death in […]

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