We Can Change the National Narrative Around Suicide

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is an opportunity for all of us -- families, teachers, clinicians, nurses, clergy and religious leaders, elected officials, police officers, firefighters, policymakers, employers, etc. -- to play a vital role in awareness and prevention. As a behavioral healthcare provider right here in our hometown, our team at Arbour Hospital is dedicated to changing the national narrative about suicide in a manner that promotes hope, resiliency, connectedness and recovery. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

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Opinion: Jamaica Plain Doesn’t Need Any More Banks and Here’s Why

When news broke the other day that Chase Bank would be taking over one of the most prominent and vacant commercial spots on Centre Street, groans of disappointment echoed through Jamaica Plain. To be clear, this isn't about Chase Bank taking over the old Bukhara restaurant storefront at 701 Centre St. This is about any bank taking up residence on the main drag of Centre Street from the Monument to Hyde Square. There are too many banks in that stretch. Chase Bank will be the fifth bank within 100 yards of that section of Centre Street.

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Massachusetts Has Opportunity to Fully Fund Public K-12 Education; But Will It?

Massachusetts is a national leader on policy firsts. Education justice is no exception. We were the first state to establish education as a right in our Constitution. As with any worthwhile leadership challenge, the struggle to live out the vision is even harder than the act of codifying it. Today education in Massachusetts is still unequal.

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