University of Washington
Need help now?  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255
Need Help Now? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1.800.273.8255

K-12 Schools

K-12 Schools

In Washington State, we lose two youth to suicide each week.  Forefront advances comprehensive approaches to suicide prevention in secondary schools, which include crisis protocols for responding to students in distress, proactive training for teachers, parents, and students, student behavioral health screening, and “upstream” suicide prevention curricula, focused on social-emotional learning.  

Forefront in the Schools

With generous funding from the Jolene McCaw Family Foundation, Forefront has created the Forefront in Schools program to provide comprehensive suicide prevention education to 13 high schools in King County.  In the first year, schools received technical assistance in drafting suicide-specific crisis plans and support to implement suicide prevention training for teachers, parents, and students.  The second year involves enhanced training,  peer-to-peer teaching, social-emotional learning and proactive behavioral health and suicide prevention in these schools. 

For School Professionals

  • Model emotional behavioral and suicide crisis plan
    As a requirement of House Bill 1336, each public school in Washington State is required to develop a crisis plan for responding to students in distress and in the aftermath of a suicide by June 2015.  This model plan, developed by the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, can be used as a template and includes protocols for intervention, re-entry after a crisis, and postvention after a suicide. 
  • Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention 
    This model policy was created in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.
  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools 
    This comprehensive toolkit was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and can be downloaded or ordered for free.