To foster a world that openly addresses suicide and mental health with compassion, and where every individual acts on their capacity to prevent suicide
Rare is the individual who has no exposure to suicide. As research and dialogue grow around this little understood cause of death, grassroots advocacy becomes more important in the campaign for resources and solutions.
At Forefront Suicide Prevention, we know that most suicides are preventable and that the time to act is now. A social impact center at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, Forefront Suicide Prevention is focused on ending suicide by championing suicide prevention, leading systemic change, and advocating for the many family and community members affected.
To empower individuals and communities to take sustainable action to prevent suicide, champion systemic change, and restore hope.
Forefront Suicide Prevention’s Wheel of Change
In five years, Forefront Suicide Prevention has engaged more than 15,000 students, providers, and community members.
Individuals and Communities Take Sustainable Action to Prevent Suicide: Over 8,500 community members statewide now have suicide awareness, intervention, and response skills through training by Forefront. Forefront Suicide Prevention in Schools empowers cohorts of King County high schools in a three-year journey of cultural transformation. The Safer Homes, Suicide Aware campaign kicks off in Fall 2017, engaging professionals and community members in suicide prevention with a focus on locking and limiting access to medications and firearms.
Championing Systemic Change: Collaborating with varied partners and lawmakers from both parties is a hallmark of Forefront Suicide Prevention. This approach has enabled the passage of six bills that have reshaped suicide prevention in Washington state. Our consultation to health care systems will bring life-saving training and protocols to thousands of providers statewide.
Restoring Hope: Forefront Cares and the Community Organizers programs support and engage individuals with lived experience – both attempt and loss survivors. Through these programs and by helping local news media to shape sensitive, accurate, and resource-oriented coverage on the issue of suicide, Forefront generates new community and hope, where there was none.