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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

New initiatives, leadership underway as H3's three-year grant ends in March
The Husky, Help & Hope (H3) Walk has become an annual tradition and one of H3's many areas of impact. -- Photo by Sarah Rothman

The federal grant that made the Husky, Help & Hope (otherwise known as H3) initiative on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus possible comes to an end in late March after three whirlwind years. A JED Campus: Forefront partnership will provide the vehicle to continue innovations in social and emotional health and suicide prevention. 

Three years after a stakeholder group banded to launch H3, the University of Washington has remarkably improved its ability to support student mental health and crisis protocols.

Husky, Hope & Help (H3): Then and now

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Bill Radke speaks at 4th annual event about bringing suicide stigma out of the shadows, and journalists' role in prevention. — Photo by Jo Arlow

In a sea of softly lit blue and orange candles, the HUB South Ballroom glowed. More than doubling the scale of Forefront’s inaugural 2013 event, 725 people packed the ballroom to support a cause that grows more visible by the year, and draws more champions to its unwavering light.

After an election season mired by political divisions and gridlock, suicide prevention advocates from all walks of life dined together in a shared determination to fight suicide.

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Forefront community responses to "What is your role in suicide prevention? What does it mean to you?"

In the fall of 1980, a phone call changed the course of Scott Carty’s life. Then a fourth grader, he was eating dinner at a neighbor’s house when the news broke: his sister Debbie had taken her own life. Now a television host and entertainment correspondent, Carty honors Debbie’s memory through storytelling. His is one of the many voices and roles shaping the modern narrative of suicide and suicide prevention.

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Insights Blog

Insight Blog

Dec 22, 2016 -- It's that time of the year again, where we reflect on the past twelve months and make New Year’s resolutions. In the suicide prevention field, we look towards 2017 while learning from new data, ideas, and tools.  Washington State has made some incredible strides with suicide... more
Dec 09, 2016 -- Passing in a landslide, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.34) is on its way to President Obama’s desk next Tuesday. Hailed as the most significant piece of mental health legislation in nearly a decade, it is designed to reform and increase funding for research, approval, and delivery of... more
Nov 18, 2016 -- ​Instagram, for years, has battled with users on what they can and cannot post when it comes to content involving self-harm. In 2012, Instagram changed its guidelines so that users could express themselves with images of self-harm as long as they appeared in the context of recovery or awareness,... 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