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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Partnership addresses youth suicide risk and homelessness
Forefront's Stephen Miller is keenly aware of the challenges facing youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. — Photo by Sue Lockett John

Imagine, for a moment, not knowing where you will eat or sleep tonight. Imagine that winning the lottery doesn’t mean millions, but refers to being one of the lucky 45 youth and young adults who will be able to sleep in a church basement on a foam pad.  Being unwelcome in most businesses, and subject to arrest for trespassing and loitering for the simple act of using the restroom. Imagine having the ingenuity and guts to navigate these and other challenges every day because it’s better than going back to a family that’s abusive, unaccepting, unable or non-existent.


Matt Taylor looks forward to supporting and enhancing Forefront’s mission to advance policy, training, media and education for suicide prevention. — Photo by Enrique Garcia

By Lisa Wahbe

Matt Taylor greets me with a warm genuine smile the first time we meet. His demeanor is at once unassuming and engaged. I can tell quickly that I am going to like this English-born transplant. He starts asking me questions, though he is supposedly the one being interviewed, and he seems sincerely interested in my responses. Clearly, his fascination with people runs deep.

HSPA officer Brianna Diaz (left) and HSPA supporter Kirsten Foster share a hug before opening ceremonies at the Urban Horticultural Center. — photo by Jonathan Miao

More than 400 UW students and community members turned out for the Husky Help & Hope (H3) suicide awareness walk on Saturday, April 25, breaking attendance records and raising more than $8,000 for Huskies for Suicide Prevention & Awareness (HSPA) and Forefront Cares.


Insights Blog

Insight Blog

Jun 18, 2015 -- Saturday, June 13, was a very special night at KING/NWCN in Seattle for mental health awareness and education. Seven storytellers, all battling one or more mental health conditions from depression to bipolar to anxiety disorder, came together from their leadership positions in the... more
Jun 11, 2015 -- Though the Insight Blog isn’t intended as a comprehensive source for recent research about suicide, we are planning to do occasional posts that call attention to studies of particular interest for those who do prevention work in Washington state. This research post focuses on two studies... more
May 26, 2015 -- When my first husband killed himself 19 years ago this summer, a good friend took me shopping for a dress to wear to his funeral. We told the saleswoman my husband had died, and while I was trying on dresses, she asked my friend if he had killed himself. My memory is foggy, but I think she'd... more

First Person

First Person

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