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Researcher Ursula Whiteside brings hope out of darkness
Ursula Whiteside, Ph.D. says confronting stigma around suicide and being honest about ideation has been a “huge intervention” in her life and work. — Photo by Zoe Litaker

Clinical psychologist Ursula Whiteside has made an active decision to be alive, to live fully, be brave and fight for people like herself. You wouldn’t know that she can dive into dark places of depression and thoughts of suicide, but she does so every working day.  A beautiful woman with startling blue eyes, a mane of blonde hair and a delicate frame, she breathes warmth into a room.  She speaks with sincerity, confidence and grace, and she knows what she is talking about. 

Forefront Cares and filmmaker Caley Cook will host the Seattle premiere of ‘Four Sisters,’ a documentary about the people who are left behind when a loved one dies by suicide. In the film, four women who lost their brothers to suicide tell their stories of loss, grief and moving forward in their own lives. The 25-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and social hour. This is a community building event.  View the trailer

Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.

HB 2315 supporters watch Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sign the 2014 suicide prevention bill, which makes Washington the first state to require suicide prevention training for doctors and nurses. The law also pilots a psychiatric resource line and mandates a state suicide prevention plan. He thanked everyone who worked for passage, but especially 4-year-old Zoe and 9-year-old Jake Adler, who received the first pens after the signing. Their mom, Forefront director Jennifer Stuber, says “Washington’s 2315 is perhaps the most forward thinking response to the problem of suicide in the country.”