Feature Articles

Forefront partners with UW Student Veteran Life to raise awareness about veteran suicide this Memorial Day

May 14, 2018

Memorial Day is a sacred day in the military community. It is a day in which we celebrate and honor our fallen service members and mourn the loss together with our surrounding community. “In the military, we are taught to destroy things,” Dr. Sam Powers, Director of Student Veteran Life said. “It’s the purpose of […] Read more »

Tom Esch uses his gift of music to shine light on stimga of mental illness and to promote suicide prevention

May 9, 2018

Music has the ability to bring people together. Whether it is to unite in solidarity or to simply enjoy the beat and vibes, there is a quality about music that ignites people. 36 year old Tom Esch is a father, teacher, and musician. Though he was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a semester on […] Read more »

Annual Husky Help & Hope (H3) Walk to benefit Forefront in the Schools program

April 24, 2018

The Husky Help & Hope (H3) Walk is an annual two-mile walk hosted by Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness (HSPA) and Forefront Suicide Prevention. The event is held on campus, beginning at the Sylvan Grove and will move through some of the most occupied and scenic areas on the UW Seattle campus. In 2012, three […] Read more »

Volunteer Profile: Thomas May is following his heart

April 19, 2018

Thomas May is a member of the Safer Homes Coalition and a volunteer Community Organizer with Forefront Suicide Prevention. I grew up in a rural Montana town where firearms were a part of everyday life. At the age of 10, I completed the required hunter safety class and always looked forward to the yearly grouse […] Read more »

Safer Homes, Suicide Aware travel to Spokane Gun Show

April 17, 2018

Safer Homes, Suicide Aware, led by Forefront Suicide Prevention and the Second Amendment Foundation, traveled to the Spokane Gun Show & Flea Market at the Spokane County Fairgrounds and Expo on April 7-8. Safer Homes, Suicide Aware is the work of a coalition comprised of firearms retailers, second amendment rights groups, health care providers, and […] Read more »

Kaiser Permanente and Forefront Cares partner to support newly bereaved suicide loss survivors

April 11, 2018

In Washington State, 1,131 residents died by suicide, making it the eighth leading cause of death overall in 2016. A significantly broader population is impacted by these deaths. It is estimated that for every suicide, there are at least 6 immediate survivors, and yet many suicidologists believe this to be a very conservative number. Survivors […] Read more »

Forefront in the Schools’ 2nd Annual Day of Hope brings student leaders together

April 3, 2018

On March 23, 2018, fifty people came together representing seven local high schools and three universities to participate in Forefront Suicide Prevention’s Day of Hope, featuring student representatives from members of the Forefront in the Schools (FIS) cohorts. It was a day of education, sharing best practices, and inspiration. Topics included understanding stress factors, supporting […] Read more »

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 »

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