Postsecondary Education


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 Family Foundation.

WA State Senate Bill 6514

In 2018, Washington’s lawmakers recognized the need to strengthen the promotion of behavioral health and suicide prevention within Washington state’s postsecondary institutions by passing Senate Bill 6514.

SB6514 directs Forefront Suicide Prevention and the Washington Student Achievement Council to develop three initiatives. The agencies have convened and confer with a workgroup in public quarterly meetings.

The initiative includes three components:

  • A publicly available, online resource with trainings, crisis protocols, promotional materials and an annual conference.
  • A grant program, which will focus its first six selections on public institutions with high needs and low resources. Grants that offer enhanced services for veterans will have preference.
  • Data collection by campuses, in order to create a state baseline on the issues of suicide and mental health issues..

For more information on the Work Group and its members, click here.

Please contact Marny Lombard, Program Coordinator, for more information.