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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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January 11, 2022

The Cost of a Life…and a Need for More Suicide Prevention Research

As so many of us know all too well, the costs of suicide are immeasurable, extending beyond the unfathomable loss of an individual to considerable lifelong impacts on family, friends, coworkers, communities, and society. As this recent report on the Economic Cost of Injury from the CDC highlights, losses associated with suicide are also economic, costly, […]

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December 03, 2021

Internal Rhythms, Sleep, and Suicide

In this recent summary From the Scientist, the researchers highlight how chronotype, or internal rhythms, raise the risk of sleep disturbance and associated suicidal thoughts in individuals more inclined to be night owls. Studies show that the restoration and reduced stress response that comes from sleep occurs during rapid eye moment (REM) conditions, which tend to […]

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