UW-Husky, Help & Hope
UW-Husky, Help & HopePublished 10/01/2013
Nationally, it is estimated that 10 percent of college students experience suicidal ideation, 1.5 percent make a suicide attempt, and 7.5 per 100,000 college students die by suicide each year. In October 2013, Forefront received a federal Garrett Lee Smith grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a campus suicide prevention initiative on the University of Washington—Seattle campus, called Husky Help & Hope (H3). H3 takes a multi-pronged approach to campus suicide prevention, including:
- Advocating for increased campus behavioral health resources
- Developing and implementing protocols for responding to UW students in distress
- Training faculty, staff, and student leaders in suicide recognition and referral
- Training professional students in clinical tracks in suicide assessment, treatment, and management
- Building sustainable student organizations, such as Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness
- Streamlining data collection and analyzing data around student behavioral health and suicide
- Strengthening behavioral health screening on campus
- Building and maintaining online behavioral health resources on UW websites
- Sharing knowledge gained from H3 with other colleges and universities in Washington State
The H3 executive summary is available here.
As a UW-Seattle employee you may come in contact with students, colleagues, friends or family members in distress. Nationally, nearly 10% of all university students are struggling with thoughts of suicide, and at a campus our size there may be 600 suicide attempts per year. UW-Seattle has had 18 suicide deaths in the last 6 years. When you see someone in distress you might be wondering how serious it is and if suicide is possible. You might be wondering how to help them -- or even how to help yourself.
Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, a center based at the University of Washington's School of Social Work, is proud to provide access to both a best-practice standardized online training, and an engaging, hopeful, practical, skill-based 90 minute training to faculty and staff of UW’s Seattle campus. Both trainings are offered at no-cost thanks to the Husky Help & Hope (H3) suicide prevention initiative funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
This training will help us identify individuals, particularly students, who might be having thoughts of suicide, and help us know how and where we can refer those individuals to keep them safe.
As part of the H3 campus suicide prevention initiative, Forefront is also offering a limited number of licenses for a 45-minute online Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training at no cost. If you are interested in this online option, please email Lauren Davis at DavisLM@uw.edu for an access code.