It’s always a good time to take care of yourself – and those around you

As you may know, the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why season two was released Friday, May 18th. The first season, which was extremely popular with teens and young adults, followed the story of a high school girl’s (Hannah) suicide, including scenes involving bullying, sexual assault, and suicide portrayal. In season two, we have learned that the show will focus more on themes of hope and recovery as the school community copes with the aftermath of a suicide loss, suicide attempt, and sexual assault.

If you are seeking information to share with faculty, students and their families, the Washington State Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is here to support you with a number of helpful tools and resources including:

AFSP and 13 Reasons Why – AFSP’s web page providing guidance and resources for teachers, parents and young adults who view the show.

Teens and Suicide: What Parents Should Know – AFSP’s web page that you can link to in your parent newsletters, website and social media accounts.

More Than Sad – AFSP’s national suicide prevention education program for middle and high school faculty, parents and students. We also have our Talk Saves Lives general community education program on suicide prevention.

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools – Developed in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, this free in-depth guide offers best practices and practical tools in the aftermath of a suicide that impacts the school community.

Seize the Awkward – Our national peer-to-peer PSA campaign that helps teens and young adults be more comfortable talking to each other about mental health and when to get help. Includes humorous videos and vlogs from YouTube stars to make the topic more approachable. Great to use as a discussion tool in classroom or in peer-to-peer outreach efforts.

Our AFSP chapter is here to be a resource for you. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a suicide prevention education presentation, using either our More Than Sad or Talk Saves Lives programs. The AFSP Washington State Chapter can be contacted to schedule education sessions, at no cost to your school:


2018-19 West Region EMS Prevention Grants

Requests for Proposal for 2018-19 West Region EMS Prevention Grants are now being accepted. Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded for programs that focus on the following leading causes of injury and death in the West Region:


Poisoning – including opioid misuse


Motor Vehicle Crashes




Safe Sleep for Babies

The 2018-19 WREMS Prevention Grant Request for Proposal form is attached and will also be available on our website, Requests for Proposal must be submitted to the West Region EMS office by 5:00 pm, Friday, July 13, 2018. Requests for Proposal may be submitted by email to, or snail mail to: West Region EMS & Trauma Care Council, Attn: Lori Clary, 5911 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512.

A Grant Writing Workshop will be offered, free of charge, on Monday, June 4, at Lacey Fire Dist 3 headquarters, 1231 Franz St SE, Lacey, WA 98503.

Feel free to contact Lori Clary at or 360-705-9019 if you have any questions regarding the application process.

June 14-15 ASIST workshop @ Seattle

We have another sponsored ASIST workshop. We just opened up registration for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop. The 2-day workshop starts June 14th and ends June 15th from 8:30 to 4:30. We have Amerigroup and FailSafe 4 Life as sponsors for this workshop. This means the $295 cost has been reduced to $50 bucks. See link ( for registration.


How healthcare systems can help address the drug, alcohol, and suicide crises

Hospitals and health systems are on the front line addressing alcohol and drug misuse, providing or linking patients to health services and integrating behavioral health services across systems. As such, it’s critical healthcare system efforts are supported so they can optimize prevention and build a “whole health” approach.

Recommendations include:

Screening for substance misuse, suicide, and mental health issues

Reduce access to lethal suicide means

Better training and care integration and coordination

Boosting medication-assisted treatment

Increasing the number of behavioral health providers


Upcoming Deadlines

June 1: Deadline to apply for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Making Health a Shared Value (

June 4: Deadline to apply for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency Grants (

June 7: Deadline to apply for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health (

June 8: Deadline to apply for Mental Health Awareness Training Grants (

June 12: Deadline to register for Communities Thrive Challenge (

June 13 Deadline to apply for 2018-19 West Region EMS Prevention Grants (

June 19: Deadline to apply for Communities Thrive Challenge (

– Washington State Department of Health