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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Education Day amplifies hope in Olympia
To raise awareness about suicide, the Suicide-Safer Homes Memorial soberly reflects a statistic: 1,129 WA resident lives lost to suicide in 2015. - Photo by Jo Arlow

It was a day that shouted hope: On Feb. 16, over 100 converged in Olympia for Suicide Prevention Education Day – for the third year in a row since Forefront’s inaugural Education Day in 2014. Constituents from 48 districts scurried through the Capitol campus to meet with legislators. For the second year in a row, the Suicide-Safer Homes Memorial’s color-coded headstones represented the toll of suicide loss in this state – 1,129 deaths in 2015.

Every year, the numbers change – but never the mission.


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

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.


Insights Blog

Insight Blog

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First Person

First Person

We need better mental health resources for our kids
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78 years after Hans Maier’s death, his legacy is recalled, renewed & honored
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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention