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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Together: 2014 event reaches new heights
Lights dimmed as a capacity crowd turned to the video "Change Is Possible," capturing the pain of suicide loss and ideation and the power of change. —photo by Ann Slothower

There were hugs, cheers and even a few tears the evening of Sept. 30 when about 400 Forefront supporters gathered at The Mountaineers Club in Seattle to celebrate the organization’s momentous first year of promoting big-picture change in suicide prevention. See Ryan Zemke's video of the evening here.

Folksinger Mari Earl long ago turned to music to convey her deep feelings. — Photo by Enrique Garcia

Music is a universal language.  It draws you in, and as the composers and rockstars know, it can draw you out. It is a safety zone for emotion and a safe haven to express yourself, to feel an emotion, to protest, to say or relate to something meaningful; and most often, music offers a place to be filled with joy, passion and love.  Both Mari Earl and Gina Salá know this deeply, and will sing from their hearts at Forefront’s second annual fall event on Sept. 30.

Thomas Soukakos will cater Forefront’s September celebration and fundraiser again this year. — photo by Sue Lockett John

Everyone has a role in suicide prevention, and Thomas Soukakos participates with all his generous heart. The Seattle restaurateur regularly reaches out to new mothers and fathers facing postpartum depression (PPD), the condition that claimed his wife Carol’s life 12 years ago. His two Vios cafes are known for embracing families and welcoming young children. And, again this year, he will support Forefront’s suicide-prevention mission by serving his Greek specialties at its fall fundraising event.