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Secure Drug Take-Back Act Passes in Washington House

February 13, 2018

ESHB 1047 Bill addresses the tragedy of the opioid crisis in Washington State. “Washington’s Drug Take Back bill is so important to reducing the toll of suicide and suicide attempts in our state, which cause mass devastation and cost our economy millions each year.” - Jennifer Stuber, Ph.D, Faculty and Policy Director, Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington Read more »

Forefront joins with the JED Foundation to support mental health programs for students

January 30, 2018

“Nearly 4 out of 5 college students report that emotional distress impacts their academic performance,” said Jennifer Stuber, a UW associate professor of social work and co-founder of Forefront Suicide Prevention. Forefront and the JED Foundation are leading a statewide consortium of schools to enhance suicide prevention programs. Read more »

Firearm owners flock to gun lock giveaway event and suicide awareness message

December 20, 2017

Last weekend, the Puyallup Gun Show brought together suicide prevention advocates and the firearms community. Nearly 300 people held conversations with the Safer Homes, Suicide Aware team at the Washington Arms Collectors event at the Washington State Fairgrounds. Participants learned that firearm and medication locking devices can save a life from suicide. The event transformed […] Read more »

Champions of Change reception: Celebrating suicide prevention leaders

December 12, 2017

Forefront’s Advisory Board members hosted a small gathering for this year’s “Champions of Change” award winners. At last week’s reception, current and previous winners spoke about their ongoing work in their areas of achievement: training, community advocacy, and media. Forefront co-founder Sue Eastgard, Forefront board member Melissa Allison, and state Representative Tina Orwall gave brief […] Read more »

Forefront Suicide Prevention among partners shaping Facebook’s global suicide prevention AI upgrade

November 28, 2017

Nearly three years after Forefront Suicide Prevention began its historic collaboration with Facebook, a new era of suicide prevention tools is emerging. Yesterday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a more proactive upgrade to its artificial intelligence (AI), mentioning Forefront Suicide Prevention among the suicide prevention partners and first responders that have helped to shape different […] Read more »

Fall Academy: Two cohorts rev up at start of Forefront in the Schools

November 14, 2017

With two cohorts of high schools from across Washington state now in the Forefront in the Schools program, a new dynamic is emerging. Thirteen schools are entering the program’s third and final year feeling prepared to mentor their new peers. “One of the most valuable aspects of this program has been collaboration with other schools,” […] Read more »

Suicide prevention is front and center at construction summit

November 13, 2017

Last month, about 160 construction insiders and suicide prevention advocates gathered to discuss suicide prevention and mental health. Forefront’s Faculty Director Jennifer Stuber presented Forefront’s LEARN training to show the five steps to intervene with someone at risk for suicide, and spoke about the role everyone has to play in preventing suicide. The summit was […] Read more »

Schools working with Forefront win Trevor R. Simpson Award

From hosting stress management workshops to enacting Pippin onstage, local students’ projects highlighting mental health and suicide prevention led to three high schools winning a combined $5,000 in Trevor R. Simpson Award funds. Award grantors Scot and Leah Simpson, who lost their 16-year-old son Trevor to suicide in 1992, presented plaques to Mt. Si High […] Read more »

Restoring Hope: 500 supporters gather to celebrate Forefront’s fifth anniversary

October 20, 2017

Five-hundred people gathered on Oct. 18 for Restoring Hope, a gala event at the University of Washington to honor the vision, work, and five-year anniversary of Forefront Suicide Prevention. Raising nearly $220,000, Restoring Hope set Forefront on the path for new suicide prevention milestones in Washington state. In the past year, Forefront trained over 7,000 individuals in suicide […] Read more »

Forefront Suicide Prevention to host Restoring Hope, a fifth annual event & fundraiser

October 5, 2017

Hundreds of suicide prevention advocates will dine together Wednesday evening, Oct. 18 in the University of Washington’s HUB Grand Ballroom to experience Forefront Suicide Prevention’s Restoring Hope event. Registration ($50/individual, $500/table) is required, and includes dinner and parking. The program celebrates Forefront’s fifth year as an innovation center within the University of Washington School of […] Read more »

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