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.
The Husky Help & Hope grant, which aimed to address these issues among higher education students, ended in March 2017. In the meantime, the annual tradition of the Husky Help & Hope Walk continues as a way to provide continued support to the Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness (HSPA) and set a replicable model that other schools can follow. An ongoing JED Campus and Forefront collaboration will provide the vehicle to continue innovations in social and emotional health and suicide prevention.
Background: 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