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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Fourth annual 'A Place for Everyone' Forefront event draws 700+ supporters, award winners for suicide prevention

In a sea of softly lit blue and orange candles, the HUB South Ballroom glowed. More than doubling the scale of Forefront’s inaugural 2013 event, 725 people packed the ballroom to support a cause that grows more visible by the year, and draws more champions to its unwavering light.

After an election season mired by political divisions and gridlock, suicide prevention advocates from all walks of life dined together in a shared determination to fight suicide.

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Forefront community responses to "What is your role in suicide prevention? What does it mean to you?"

In the fall of 1980, a phone call changed the course of Scott Carty’s life. Then a fourth grader, he was eating dinner at a neighbor’s house when the news broke: his sister Debbie had taken her own life. Now a television host and entertainment correspondent, Carty honors Debbie’s memory through storytelling. His is one of the many voices and roles shaping the modern narrative of suicide and suicide prevention.

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Schools’ team members, including these from Mercer Island High, discussed plans for the coming year during Forefront in the Schools’ 2016 Academy workshop.

Fourteen high schools from across King County are moving ahead with Forefront in the Schools to create suicide safer communities for their students. Cohort school teams composed of administrators, counselors, teachers and parent representatives spent a day at the University of Washington last month to share what they learned last year and prepare for their next steps.

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Insights Blog

Insight Blog

Nov 18, 2016 -- ​Instagram, for years, has battled with users on what they can and cannot post when it comes to content involving self-harm. In 2012, Instagram changed its guidelines so that users could express themselves with images of self-harm as long as they appeared in the context of recovery or awareness,... more
Sep 19, 2016 -- It's rare to find a person who can accurately and meaningfully describe the unique agony of someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. In fact, it takes someone who has known that pain first-hand. Kristen Spexarth knows it from the loss of her son, Colby, and she has bravely and lovingly found... more
Sep 14, 2016 -- President Obama’s 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day proclamation called upon Americans “to join with neighbors across the globe … [and] get people critical help when they are in crisis and raise awareness of the importance of preventing suicide in every community.” We saw that kind of... more

First Person

First Person

We need better mental health resources for our kids
By Matthew Thompson, M.D. A teenage boy has had a fight with his sibling that included choking and threats. The teen tells his parent that he felt bad about the fight, but everything lately has been building up. He feels like he wants to kill himself and shares some disturbingly... more
Understanding why adoptees are at higher risk for suicide
By Maureen McCauley Evans, M.A. Most people view adoption as a happy, even blessed, event. A child finds a new family: nothing but joy, right? Adoption can be happy, a blessing, joyful. For some adoptees, though, adoption is complex, and can be filled with as much loss as love.... more
78 years after Hans Maier’s death, his legacy is recalled, renewed & honored
I never met my grandfather, Hans Maier, who died before I was born as a result of suicide in 1937 when he was 49 years old.  I was surprised and amazed when I learned that so many years after he “gave up on his life,” his legacy was being honored in Frankfurt where he had lived and worked... more

Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention