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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Simple gun safety precautions can prevent suicide

Debbie Reisert’s mind churns with what-ifs when she thinks about her grandson’s death by suicide at age 16. One of the biggest is what if the guns and ammunition had not been readily at hand in the mobile home where she found Brian Stephens’ body after he went missing from her nearby home in Packwood. 


Lights dimmed as a capacity crowd turned to the video "Change Is Possible," capturing the pain of suicide loss and ideation and the power of change. —photo by Ann Slothower

There were hugs, cheers and even a few tears the evening of Sept. 30 when about 400 Forefront supporters gathered at The Mountaineers Club in Seattle to celebrate the organization’s momentous first year of promoting big-picture change in suicide prevention. See Ryan Zemke's video of the evening here.

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Folksinger Mari Earl long ago turned to music to convey her deep feelings. — Photo by Enrique Garcia

Music is a universal language.  It draws you in, and as the composers and rockstars know, it can draw you out. It is a safety zone for emotion and a safe haven to express yourself, to feel an emotion, to protest, to say or relate to something meaningful; and most often, music offers a place to be filled with joy, passion and love.  Both Mari Earl and Gina Salá know this deeply, and will sing from their hearts at Forefront’s second annual fall event on Sept. 30.

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