Higher Education

 

Higher Education Suicide Prevention Conference

Forefront Suicide Prevention delivers a one-day higher education suicide prevention conference in Washington state to support colleges and universities accross the state. Conference funding is supplied by the Washington Department of Health. The next conference will be May 2018 at the University of Washington Seattle campus. For more information, please contact Shira Rosen at srosen3@uw.edu.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk

The Husky, Help & Hope Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk brings together Huskies for Suicide Prevention, a UW student group, and Forefront Suicide Prevention. The Walk is designed to spread suicide prevention and awareness to the community and to set a model that other schools can follow. Each year, the walk brings together hundreds of supporters on the University of Washington campus.

The 2018 walk will take place in May.

Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness (HSPA)

Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness (HSPA) is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) at the University of Washington. Established in 2011, HSPA is dedicated to the destigmatization of suicide and mental health, as well as the promotion of mental well-being and positive living by building a strong, accepting, and safe university community. HSPA educates and develops better student awareness of mental illness and provides a safe space for sensitive issues to be discussed. HSPA works with Forefront to host the following events: (1) LEARN™ training: free 1.5-hour long suicide prevention training session held at UW (expected to launch in 2018); (2) Stress Less Week: a nightly event the week before finals, consisting of hosting therapy dogs and handing out free goodie bags and hot drinks at Odegaard Undergraduate Library; (3) legislation and policymaking opportunities, such as Olympia lobby day; and (4) Husky Help & Hope (H3) Walk: our annual spring charity walk for suicide prevention and awareness.

Jed Foundation and the Forefront Suicide Prevention Partnership

A partnership developed between the Jed Foundation and Forefront Suicide Prevention has allowed 13 colleges and universities in Washington to participate in the four-year JED Program. The program guides schools through a collaborative process of developing comprehensive systems, programs and policies with customized support to build upon existing student mental, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.  This collaboration is made possible through the generosity of the Jolene McCaw Foundation.