Record turnout supports H3 Walk for suicide prevention

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.

The fourth annual event—organized by the student group HSPA with support from Forefront—featured musical performances by the UW a cappella group Furmata, as well as local high school artist Sam Foster. The three-mile walk began and ended at the Center for Urban Horticulture and wound through some of the most scenic parts of the UW campus.

Keynote speaker David Yamashita spoke poignantly from his perspective as a suicide loss survivor, and Forefront faculty director Jenn Stuber praised the students working toward suicide prevention efforts on campus and encouraged all in attendance to be part of the movement.

Following the opening remarks, nine HSPA members took the stage and shared “I walk because” statements to show the many reasons they value this cause: from suicide loss survival, to personal triumph over suicidal ideation, to helping friends through a loss or struggle. To donate, click here.

— by Juliana Borges