History

Forefront Suicide Prevention’s Origins

Jennifer Stuber, Ph.D., and Sue Eastgard, M.S.W., co-founded Forefront Suicide Prevention in 2013.

In 2011, Jenn lost her husband, Matt to suicide. There were many things she wishes she knew then that she knows now. Jenn’s healing after suicide loss is about learning and healing through collective action.

She joined forces with many suicide prevention experts and professional associations across Washington State to pass the first laws in the country to require that every behavioral health professional and health care professional have suicide prevention training.

Representative Tina Orwall sponsored ground-breaking legislation.  Sue Eastgard a nationally renowned youth suicide prevention expert lent her expertise and vision to co-found Forefront Suicide Prevention in 2013.

Firearm retailers, pharmacists, dentists, schools, institutions of higher education, employers are all joining the movement because we all have a role to play in suicide prevention. It’s no different than CPR.

The suicide rates are the highest in the Mountain and Western United States. To reduce suicide, we need to focus on solutions that work in this region.

Today Forefront Suicide Prevention is leading with a bold vision to combine expertise, passion and partnership to prevent suicide.

Studies show an enormous gap between what professionals need to know and what little they traditionally learn about suicide prevention. Forefront provides suicide prevention training grounded in clinical knowledge. Washington is the only state to require suicide prevention training for all health-care providers.
One in four Americans will cope with a mental health issue at some point in their lifetime. A majority never seek services. Forefront is working to change the conversation.
Suicide may appear to happen "out of the blue." However, warning signs are often given. We just aren't trained to recognize them. With education, all of us can learn how to recognize the warning signs for suicide and how to intervene.
Understanding why people die by suicide is a part of navigating grief - and is something that every Washington resident should know. People who choose suicide do not want to die. They want to end emotional pain that has become too much to bear. Would you like to join us on our journey of educating, empowering, and equipping people to prevent suicide? There's a role for you to play, and we can help you find it.