Forefront Suicide Prevention’s Safer Homes Memorial Display, above, was installed in Olympia on the Legislative Campus during the 2017 session. The mock headstones represent suicide’s one-year toll in Washington state.
The power to save lives through state policy change is yours
Suicide is the most preventable cause of death. The steps we take to spread this message – and build it into systems and communities – can lessen its toll.
In 2012, Forefront Prevention Intervention’s legislative work placed Washington state first in the nation to require suicide prevention training for all behavioral health providers with the landmark Matt Adler Act. Health care professionals, dentists, pharmacists and firearm retailers have helped collaborate on these efforts. More recently two bills passed in 2016 and 2017 establishing the Safer Homes, Suicide Aware campaign. In all, six suicide prevention bills have passed in the last five years. Each piece of legislation builds on the others, creating informed education for professionals and others, healthy conversation, and systems change, directed at preventing suicide.
Forefront Suicide Prevention’s greatest fortune is its partnership with Rep. Tina Orwall, District 33. Orwall and Forefront bring together and collaborate with diverse partners. This coalition building takes hard work and often brings success. Many meetings, conference calls, emails to legislators, and other examples of constituent advocacy go into each suicide prevention bill.
Policy change needs with people like you. If you are interested in supporting Forefront’s legislative work, please contact us.
“I am very proud of Forefront Suicide Prevention and the Higher Education Community for partnering together and coming up with critical next steps on how to support students and prevent suicide on our campuses throughout the state. This approach puts student safety first and begins to identify the resources and best practices needed to prevent suicide on all our higher education institutions.” – Rep. Tina Orwall
2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
For the Washington State 2018 Legislative Regular Session, Forefront Suicide Prevention advocates for the bills listed below:
- House Bill 2513 | Senate Bill 6514 – Concerning suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education, with enhanced services to student veterans.
- House Bill 1047 – Protecting the public’s health by creating a system for safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications.
- House Bill 2496 | Senate Bill 6141 – Strengthening school district plans for recognition, screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students.
- House Bill 2617 – Improving the behavioral health of people in the agricultural industry.
Please contact your state representatives and senators in support of these bills. Visit the WA State District Finder to locate your representatives contact information.