HELPING & HEALING MOTIVATE UW STUDENTS AND MAY 18 WALK
By Stephan Yhann
Juliana Borges didn’t arrive at the University of Washington with the intentionof becoming a leading student advocate for campus suicide prevention. After losing a close friend to suicide, she only knew she needed time to heal. “Fall of my freshman year at the UW, I wasn’t thinking, ‘suicide prevention is something I’m definitely investing myself in,’” she says. “I was still going through a grieving process.”
For Borges, that process included attending Seattle’s Out of the Darkness Walk at Green Lake, then working with fellow students to move it to the UW and organize other campus-based suicide prevention events. This year the walk will benefit Husky Help and Hope (H3), the Forefront-facilitated program to prevent suicide and improve mental health on the UW Seattle campus. It will start at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18, in Red Square.