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Matt Vasilogambros

5 October 2021

United States

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Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted red-flag laws, most of them since the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The laws, also called extreme risk protection order laws, allow law enforcement off...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

5 October 2021

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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In 2019, Mesa police began diverting calls about suicide threats to a crisis line, where trained mental health professionals could provide counseling or dispatch a mobile crisis unit. Then they placed mental health pr...

Associated Press

Don Babwin

29 August 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, where the city's size and traffic would pose logistical and cost barriers to make mental health professionals first responders to mental-crisis calls, the Cook County sheriff's office has put 70 Zoom-enabl...

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Robin Young

Allison Hagan

22 July 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The police chief in Eugene, Ore., home of the CAHOOTS program, which other communities see as the model for finding alternatives to policing, supports the program because it saves lives and saves the city money. Sendi...

WTVR-TV

Shannon Lilly

24 June 2021

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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ChildSavers is a Richmond-based nonprofit offering students access to mental health services. The organization has group therapy sessions specifically focused on race and race-based stressors, along with telehealth an...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

1 June 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The long-running CAHOOTS program, which replaces police with medics and social workers to respond to non-violent, non-criminal mental health crises, suicide threats, and problems stemming from homelessness, serves as ...

The Maine Monitor

Barbara A. Walsh

11 April 2021

Baileyville, Maine, United States

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Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons personally connects with residents to combat increasing suicide rates, particularly among teens. Teachers reach out to the chief if one of the town’s 330 schoolchildren misses school, and ...

The Kansas City Star

Kaitlin Washburn

7 April 2021

Sedalia, Missouri, United States

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Seven teen suicides in one county over a two-year span prompted residents whose lives were touched by suicide to form DeFeet, an educational and advocacy group devoted to the message that suicide is preventable. Thank...

CNN

Chris James

2 April 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's Street Crisis Response Team replaces or aids police officers in responding to calls about people in nonviolent behavioral health crises. A collaboration of the city's fire and health departments, the p...

The Kansas City Star

Kaitlin Washburn

Rachel D. Rice

7 March 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Kids Under Twenty One has taken phone calls from thousands of St. Louis-area youth to its 24/7 crisis hotline and has educated many more students at 60 schools in four counties. Teens staff the hotline, a rarity. KUTO...

NPR

Alisa Roth

3 March 2021

Mason City, Iowa, United States

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Companies like Gaggle are typically used by school districts to track student online behavior, but now they are tracking something else—self-harm. Machine learning flags words that might indicate a student is thinking...

MIT Technology Review

Karen Hao

Abby Ohlheiser

26 February 2021

United States

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Crisis hotlines and chat services are turning to technologies such as AI tools to help assist an oft-overburdened system. At The Trevor Project, AI is used as both a risk assessment tool and as a role-play simulator t...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Jordan Elder

11 January 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A hotline staffed by teenagers for teenagers has been providing peer-to-peer support and counseling services in Arizona for years but has played an even bigger role during the coronavirus pandemic. The group quickly p...

The Atlantic

Rowan Moore Gerety

28 December 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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A street-level view of White Bird Clinic's CAHOOTS program in Eugene explains its appeal as a cost-saving, humane alternative to sending the police to 911 calls concerning mostly minor problems involving homelessness,...

The New York Times

Megan Specia

6 December 2020

Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

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The Bearded Fisherman, a mental health charity formed by two men with their own past struggles with mental illness and homelessness, runs a weekly, virtual community support group, takes crisis-intervention calls, and...

The Oregonian

Carol Cruzan Morton

28 November 2020

Washington, United States

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An alliance between health professionals and gun owners has increased suicide-prevention education and training through multiple initiatives in many states. Groups like Washington’s Safer Homes and Forefront Suicide P...

The New York Times

Benedict Carey

23 November 2020

United States

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Veterans Affairs' Reach Vet program uses an algorithm weighing 61 factors to flag veterans deemed at highest risk of suicide. While its results have not been shown to affect the suicide rate, it has more than doubled ...

The New York Times

Roni Caryn Rabin

17 November 2020

United States

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A public-education campaign to enlist gun owners in suicide prevention work by first informing them of the problem's scope has spread to programs in 21 states. Although the campaign's ultimate effects on suicide rates...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

13 November 2020

Sacramento, California, United States

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An initiative being piloted in the Sacramento hospitality industry aims to decrease the stigma restaurant workers face when talking about mental health concerns with their peers. This peer-to-peer mental health suppor...

The Baltimore Sun

Ben Leonard

23 October 2020

Maryland, United States

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Two years after Maryland adopted a law allowing for court orders denying gun access to people at high risk of harming themselves or others, police and the public have invoked the law far more often than in most states...

PBS

Sarah Weiser

21 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the 1960s, a psychologist and a team of researchers in San Francisco began sending “caring letters" as a means of suicide intervention, but the practice didn't continue outside of the research study, despite showin...

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Marissa Plescia

7 October 2020

Minnesota, United States

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The Rural Mental Health Outreach program in Minnesota is helping farmers in the region to tackle mental health challenges that are related to the stresses involved in their profession. Other states have taken notice o...

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Heath Druzin

29 September 2020

Utah, United States

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Concerned about the high numbers of suicides in the state, Utah's local government introduced a three-pronged approach to preventing further suicides that hinged on targeting gun owners and Second Amendment activists....

KUNC

Leigh Paterson

29 September 2020

Craig, Colorado, United States

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"Voluntary storage" of guns is a growing movement that seeks to reduce gun suicides while avoiding political clashes with gun-rights advocates by instead promoting safety without government coercion. The Means Matter ...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Molly Bohannon

31 August 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, a teen-run suicide prevention hotline connects teens who need someone to talk to with a peer operator who works to listen to and calm the caller. The volunteer teenage operators don't offer medical advice ...

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