UW-Seattle Faculty & Staff
UW-Seattle Faculty & StaffPublished 11/03/2015
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 currently working with multiple organizations at the University of Washington to develop a gatekeeper training program for faculty and staff of UW’s Seattle campus.
This training will help empower individuals to play a recognizing peers, friends, and family who might be having thoughts of suicide, and to know how and where we can refer those individuals to keep them safe.