Suicide prevention key to new organization's mission

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 3:46 PM

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 36 thousand people take their own life every year. In 2011, 992 people died by suicide in Washington State alone. That’s more than the number of people who died in motor vehicle accidents that year.

A new organization called Forefront aims to bring that number down through a variety of programs and crucial training. Co-founders, UW Sociology Professor Jennifer Stuber and youth suicide prevention expert Sue Eastgard, joined Margaret to talk about Forefront and a special event set for tomorrow (Tuesday, September 10), which is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Jennifer and Sue first appeared on New Day in February 2012 to talk about Jennifer's husband Matt Adler, who committed suicide a year earlier, and the effects of suicide on loved ones who are left behind, as well as the need for medical professionals to undergo proper training to better assess suicide risk and prevention methods. If was a frank and emotional segment that you can watch by clicking here.

Forefront’s event to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day is tomorrow (Tuesday, September 10) at 5:30pm in the Lyceum room at the HUB on the UW campus.

**IF YOU FEEL AS THOUGH YOU NEED HELP, OR SUSPECT SOMEONE YOU KNOW MIGHT BE FEELING SUICIDAL, HELP IS AVAILABLE 24-HOURS A DAY. PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE800-273-8255**

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