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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.

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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.


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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
May 19, 2015 -- In two powerful articles this week, people who have lived through suicidal thoughts and attempts talk about their journeys and the life-saving impact of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by University of Washington Professor Marsha Linehan.... more
Apr 24, 2015 -- When we began the Husky, Help and Hope (H3) program in 2014 to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention practices at the University of Washington Seattle campus, it is safe to say there were some good things happening, but there was room for improvement. There were several... more