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.