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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Forefront’s new executive director takes root
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.

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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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Keynote speaker Paul Quinnett challenges communities to create a system of care."Everyone can do something," he says.  — photo by David Friedle

Forefront staff and allies took part in a remarkable conference in Spokane last month. Titled Achieving Zero Suicide in Our Inland Northwest Communities, the event offered a clear-eyed view of the many deficits in our current model of “suicide care.” It also examined new evidence-based solutions that are saving lives and offering extraordinary promise in suicide prevention, such as:

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Insights Blog

Insights Blog

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