THE ISSUE AND OPPORTUNITY
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24 in Washington and the United States. Two youth are lost to suicide each week in Washington State. Due to complex cultural factors, rates of youth depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and attempts are at an all-time high. Forefront in the Schools (FIS) is an initiative of Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington designed to guide schools through a collaborative, comprehensive process of policy development and curriculum improvement with customized support to build upon existing student mental health and suicide prevention efforts.
- Multi-stakeholder team within each participating school
- Cohort model that includes shared learning and support across all participating schools
- Evidence-based curricula
- Access to online resources, customized coaching and consultation
- Using school specific data to inform programming
- Tracking and reporting on progress
OUTCOMES: School-community that is prepared to prevent student mental health problems before they occur and to respond to students with mental health needs including those who are at-risk for suicide.
- School safety plans and staff who are prepared to prevent, intervene and respond in the aftermath of student suicidal behavior; enhanced linkages to community-based resources
- Increased mental health literacy, use of social-emotional learning strategies and in students’ asking for and receiving help
- Parents/guardians who are prepared to support their child’s mental health needs and prevent suicide
For more information contact Larry Wright, Chief Operating Officers, at 206-685-7694.