Insight Blog

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 »


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

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 »


When a loved one doesn’t want to be helped

December 28, 2017

Most of us can relate to the situation of giving someone advice with their best interests in mind, then being frustrated when our advice goes unheeded. This could be trying to tell a friend to get out of a bad relationship and the friend deciding to stay anyways; or coaxing a sibling to not procrastinate […] Read more »


Is there a correlation between substance abuse and suicide?

November 8, 2017

As of October 26, 2107, the opioid addiction crisis is officially a nationwide public health emergency. This epidemic is one that touches too many households, and it’s time to have more serious conversations about its impact. When you love someone with an addiction, you’re in constant fear for their safety. Every time the phone rings, you […] Read more »


Gun safety devices prevent youth suicides & other tragedies

October 26, 2017

Youth firearm deaths have been headlined with heartbreaking frequency in recent weeks. Last weekend Marysville-Pilchuck High School students marked the anniversary of the death of five classmates including the shooter, even as residents of Roseburg, Oregon, continued to grieve for the college students gunned down by a shooter who then took his own life. Events […] Read more »


Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’: Finally, a song that’s about prevention

October 4, 2017

Regarding the topic of suicide and how it is displayed in the media, 2017 has been a different kind of year. I say different because suicide has not been publicized in mainstream media—as in television shows and music—like it has in 2017. I also say different because there have been two major cases that have […] Read more »


Human connectedness as suicide prevention in Cuba

September 6, 2017

“Let’s go see the sunrise! Let’s go see the sunrise!” yelled 10-year-old Caleb. We were in the rural town of Viñales in western Cuba. It was pitch-dark at 6:30 am and Caleb, Caleb’s cousin Jose, our host Juan, my wife Hyejung and I were headed to the hills to see the sunrise. After walking through […] Read more »


Following 13 Reasons Why debut, a double-edged sword on Google Trends

August 10, 2017

Generally, all suicide prevention advocates want to normalize the subject of suicide so that people who are feeling suicidal or have lost a loved one to suicide feel safe talking about it with others. Mass media and entertainment (like television shows and movies) can be conversation starters, with one exception: Suicide prevention organizations want the media to address […] Read more »


Another star gone too soon: Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

July 20, 2017

We just heard the devastating news that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington took his own life today. A father of six and an immensely talented musician, Chester’s suicide is a blow to millions – including suicide prevention advocates who are also music aficionados (and vice versa). As the world reacts, here are a few talking points the public should know: – […] Read more »


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