Youth Suicide Prevention

What to Know.  What to Do.  You Can Help.

Representatives from MI Parent Edge, MIYFS and MISD have partnered to create the MI Forefront Team.  We utilize the curriculum of the UW Forefront program to offer youth suicide prevention programs and resources to our community.

The vision of UW Forefront is to foster a world that openly addresses suicide and mental health with compassion, and where every individual acts on their capacity to prevent suicide.

Evidence-based prevention strategies can help youth in crisis stay safe and get support. This valuable knowledge supports healthy families and communities. Visit for more information or contact your MIYFS School Counselor.


LEARN Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training for Parents and Caregivers

This webinar teaches essential skills for suicide prevention for parents and caregivers of youth. Learn how to: make your home safer to prevent the risk of suicide; ask your kid about suicide in a safe way; recognize the signs of a mental health crisis and practical steps to address it.

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Stuber, co-founder and Director of Forefront Suicide Prevention Center at the University of Washington and Dr. Chris DeCou, Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

> View a recording of the UW Forefront webinar HERE.

Forefront Handouts:

Signs of Suicide Program
for Middle School Students

The “Signs of Suicide” program is utilized at Islander Middle School. IMS students have learned to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) through this program so they are prepared to get help for themselves or a friend. Learn the ACT message so that you can support your child.

> View a recording of the Signs of Suicide webinar HERE.

Signs of Suicide Handouts:


Teens, Depression and Firearms – Seattle Children’s Hospital

‘How Did We Not Know?’ Gun Owners Confront a Suicide Epidemic – New York Times


Suicide Prevention – Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI)  

Behavioral Health Supports and Resources – Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI)