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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Safer Homes, Suicide Aware: Kick-off disperses free life-saving material to Grays Harbor families

They trickled in on World Suicide Prevention Day, families with young children, Seahawks fans, men in camouflage, churchgoers, and passersby. Many were drawn by Franklin Field’s perimeter, which displayed the Safer Homes Memorial’s 1,129 headstones.

Aberdeen residents took home approximately 120 free life-saving items: Safer Lock, SnapSafe Lockbox, Life Jacket Locking Firearm safety cases, and medication disposal kits – as well as Forefront’s LEARN™ suicide prevention cards.


Deadline is September 10

HOW TO NOMINATE: Please email a statement to Forefront's interim awards coordinator. No attachments necessary. Include the following details:

- Which award you are nominating someone for;
- A statement of the nominee’s outstanding work in suicide prevention;
- Nominee contact information (email address, phone number), if available.

ABOUT: This fall, Forefront honors outstanding contributions to suicide prevention during the 2016-2017 year. Nominees must be from Washington state. As special guests, each winner will receive two comped tickets to Forefront's 5th Annual Event & Fundraiser on Oct. 18. 

Deception Pass at Whidbey Island of Island County. Photo by Rain Rannu.

After making inroads in areas with the state’s highest suicide rates, Forefront’s rural initiative has closed one chapter – while continuing another.

Coalitions have been forged and thousands have received suicide prevention training and resources since the 2015 launch of a rural initiative funded by a pooled grant with Washington Women’s Foundation and the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). In the first year, the grant focused on three counties with the state’s highest suicide rates: Island, Okanogan, and Stevens County.


Insights Blog

Insight Blog

Sep 06, 2017 -- “Let’s go see the sunrise! Let’s go see the sunrise!” yelled 10-year-old Caleb. We were in the rural town of Viñales in western Cuba. It was pitch-dark at 6:30 am and Caleb, Caleb’s cousin Jose, our host Juan, my wife Hyejung and I were headed to the hills to see the sunrise. After walking... more
Aug 10, 2017 -- Generally, all suicide prevention advocates want to normalize the subject of suicide so that people who are feeling suicidal or have lost a loved one to suicide feel safe talking about it with others. Mass media and entertainment (like television shows and movies) can be... more
Jul 20, 2017 -- We just heard the devastating news that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington took his own life today. A father of six and an immensely talented musician, Chester’s suicide is a blow to millions - including suicide prevention advocates who are also music aficionados (and vice versa... 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