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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 […]

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 […]