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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

H3 Walk is ‘beautiful’ journey of hope and strength
Nesley Bravo (second from left, front) and other organizers celebrate after the 2014 H3 walk. — Photo by Alexander Tran

University of Washington social welfare senior Nesley Bravo is looking forward to her fourth annual campus walk for suicide prevention and awareness on Saturday, April 25. She loves the feeling of community and solidarity shared by those who are honoring someone lost to suicide and willing to talk about suicide ideation, attempts or prevention themselves. “It’s beautiful,” she says.

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Compassion Research Day participants celebrate collaborations aimed at  using social media as a force for good. — Photo by Katie Simmons

As the world's biggest social network, with more than 1.39 billion users, Facebook is uniquely positioned to provide online resources and support to help people at risk for suicide. That's the goal of its new collaboration with Forefront to improve support for people expressing potentially suicidal thoughts and online friends who see and report those posts.

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Behavioral health and suicde prevention advocates met at Grace United Methodist Church for Forefront's Advocacy Skills Workshop. (Photo by Sarah Rothman)

Nearly 50 champions for change converged last month at Forefront’s first Advocacy Workshop Day to gain skills, share information and join forces to learn how to influence legislation and the media conversation in Washington state. The Jan. 24 workshop focused on behavioral health and suicide prevention.  Many different groups and organizations were represented. The event underscored the importance of speaking with a “united voice and mission,” said Forefront Faculty Director Jennifer Stuber.

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Insights Blog

Insights Blog

Mar 29, 2015 -- Like a lot of people, when I first heard that the pilot who crashed a jet into the Alps last week had a note from a doctor saying he was unfit to fly and that he'd suffered from mental illness, I assumed the system had failed him — and failed the 149 other people aboard that airliner. Now... more
Mar 13, 2015 -- I hope some of you saw the wonderful work my colleagues at KING5 Seattle did Thursday, March 12. At my urging, they committed an entire day of coverage to ‘Preventing Suicide,’ featuring multi-platform content.  Included were stories done by three reporters: Michael Konopasek:... more
Mar 10, 2015 -- A recent article in The New York Times reminds us that making access to guns more difficult is likely to be one of the best ways to prevent suicide. A controversial prevention strategy, some might say. But also potentially effective in a state like Washington, where firearms accounted for about... more