Forefront

Forefront

Forefront Suicide Prevention project at South Whidbey High School


SWHS is in year two of a three year partnership with Forefront Suicide Prevention, a program out of the University of Washington ( http://www.intheforefront.org ).  Since the fall of 2017, a team of teachers, parents, counselors, other school personnel, and students have met monthly to work on suicide prevention programs. Last year we focused on training our teachers and staff in the LEARN Suicide prevention material, as well as ensuring SWHS has a comprehensive suicide response plan. We also held a parent-led suicide prevention training for parents and community members.  This year, we continued those efforts and added a team of eight SWHS students (in grades 9-11) who have been trained as peer-to-peer trainers.  These students have been giving hour-long presentations to their peers about suicide prevention and mental health awareness. To date, these peer trainers have given presentations to seven classes, with seven more planned. They've presented to 24% of our high school student population and we're hoping to reach 50% by the end of the year. 

We won an award! We just received notice that the Forefront Student Peer-to-peer Trainers will be recognized at the 2019 Linda Lee Martens Community Health Hero Award ceremony on May 16th. This award is given by the Island County Board of Health and Community Health Advisory Board. We'll be taking as many of our student trainers (and their parents) as possible to the awards event. 
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