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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Why We Walk: The HSPA stories behind upcoming H3 Walk
A few of the members of the Huskies for Suicide Prevention & Awareness (HSPA) pose for the Speak Up Project. Photo courtesy of HSPA.

While Husky, Help, and Hope (H3) grant ended late March, its tradition lives on: Footsteps will pound the University of Washington campus pavement for the Husky, Help & Hope (H3) Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk on May 20 – the fourth annual student-produced event since the first walk in 2014.

Beginning with check-in at 10:30AM, opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the beautiful Sylvan Grove and Columns. But more than just getting from Point A to Point B, the walk is about the talk – a healing dialogue.


The firearm suicide panel, from left to right: Jennifer Stuber (Forefront), Chuck Aposhian (Utah Shooting Sports Council), Ralph Demicco (Gun Owners of New Hampshire), Cathy Barber (Means Matter) and moderator (Elaine Frank, MHS). Photo credit: Ted Alcorn

As suicidology ushers in the next bicentennial era of suicide prevention, a universal message for safer homes is poised to become part of the future.

“We have the potential for enormous suicide prevention messaging saturation in Washington State,” said Forefront's Jennifer Stuber last Friday at the firearm panel for the bicentennial American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference.

The presentation, which also explored the vision of zero barriers to safe storage and disposal, gave a preview of the Safer Homes Suicide Aware campaign and various upcoming training programs for firearms retailers, pharmacists, healthcare professionals, and behavioral health care professionals.

Handouts from Jennifer Stuber's keynote, "Everyone has a role: what construction managers and supervisors need to know about mental health and suicide prevention." - Photo by Forefront

It was almost business as usual at the Lakeside Industries Leadership Conference at the Semiahmoo Resort: Lively chatter about asphalt mix designs and contract bids, while checking weather apps to see if rain would thwart a highway project deadline.

Then Mike Lee, president of this third-generation family-owned hot mix asphalt producer and paving contractor, kicked off the March 15 keynote session with a bombshell: “It turns out that in the construction industry, death by suicide is quite common.”


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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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