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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Forefront Suicide Prevention to host Restoring Hope, a fifth annual event & fundraiser
Ticket registrations due Oct. 11

Hundreds of suicide prevention advocates will dine together Wednesday evening, Oct. 18 in the University of Washington’s HUB Grand Ballroom to experience Forefront Suicide Prevention’s Restoring Hope event. Registration ($50/individual, $500/table) is required, and includes dinner and parking.

The program celebrates Forefront’s fifth year as an innovation center within the University of Washington School of Social Work. This inspirational evening includes music by two UW students, with a live interview with Bill Radke and brothers Arthur and Galen Emery.

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They trickled in on World Suicide Prevention Day, families with young children, Seahawks fans, men in camouflage, churchgoers, and passersby. Many were drawn by Franklin Field’s perimeter, which displayed the Safer Homes Memorial’s 1,129 headstones.

Aberdeen residents took home approximately 120 free life-saving items: Safer Lock, SnapSafe Lockbox, Life Jacket Locking Firearm safety cases, and medication disposal kits – as well as Forefront’s LEARN™ suicide prevention cards.

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Deadline is September 10

HOW TO NOMINATE: Please email a statement to Forefront's interim awards coordinator. No attachments necessary. Include the following details:

- Which award you are nominating someone for;
- A statement of the nominee’s outstanding work in suicide prevention;
- Nominee contact information (email address, phone number), if available.

ABOUT: This fall, Forefront honors outstanding contributions to suicide prevention during the 2016-2017 year. Nominees must be from Washington state. As special guests, each winner will receive two comped tickets to Forefront's 5th Annual Event & Fundraiser on Oct. 18. 

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Insights Blog

Insight Blog

Oct 04, 2017 -- Regarding the topic of suicide and how it is displayed in the media, 2017 has been a different kind of year. I say different because suicide has not been publicized in mainstream media—as in television shows and music—like it has in 2017. I also say different because there have been two major... more
Sep 06, 2017 -- “Let’s go see the sunrise! Let’s go see the sunrise!” yelled 10-year-old Caleb. We were in the rural town of Viñales in western Cuba. It was pitch-dark at 6:30 am and Caleb, Caleb’s cousin Jose, our host Juan, my wife Hyejung and I were headed to the hills to see the sunrise. After walking... more
Aug 10, 2017 -- Generally, all suicide prevention advocates want to normalize the subject of suicide so that people who are feeling suicidal or have lost a loved one to suicide feel safe talking about it with others. Mass media and entertainment (like television shows and movies) can be... more

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Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention