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 […]

November 27, 2019

JKBF Welcomes Board Member Brett Robinson, DVM

  Brett Robinson, an equine veterinarian practicing in the San Diego area, has recently joined the JKBF Board of Directors. Brett received her BA in psychology from Georgetown University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. She lived in the Denver area after graduating Vet School, and for the past 2 years has enjoyed living closer […]

November 05, 2019

Suicide and Public Health Researcher joins JKBF Board

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lorann Stallones has joined our Board of Directors, and we look forward to her contributions to our mission. Lorann has a background in cultural anthropology, public health, and epidemiology and is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Colorado School of Public Health and in the Department of Psychology at […]

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 25, 2019

JKBF Founder receives Greg Mace Award for Volunteerism

On October 23, at the Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards ceremony, JKBF co-founder and Board President Sallie Bernard received the prestigious Greg Mace Award in recognition of her service and volunteerism in the Roaring Fork Valley. Sallie was recognized for the founding and development of Extreme Sports Camp (now Ascendigo Autism Services), as well as […]

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 […]