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Need help now?  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255
Need Help Now? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1.800.273.8255

UW-Seattle Faculty & Staff

UW-Seattle Faculty & Staff

Supporting Students, Staff and Faculty for a UW-Seattle safe from suicide.

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.