September Suicide Prevention Month

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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is the second leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 15-34 years old. San Luis Obispo County’s suicide rate is well above the State of California’s average. 

The Behavioral Health Department collaborates with several local agencies to reduce suicide by increasing culturally sensitive services, messaging, and community-based efforts that engage all members of the county. 

Upcoming Events 2022:

Suicide Prevention Forum

Learn about SLO County's response to suicide crisis by hearing from a panel of local front line and emergency response personnel. This free, in-person event is open to community members and professionals looking to support suicide prevention efforts in our community. Community members are encouraged to submit questions to the panel online here before Tuesday, September 6.

Knowing You Matter

Free community event featuring local mental wellness and suicide prevention resource fair and keynote speaker Sam Anthony Lucania. More information here.

Suicide Prevention Summit

Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Tulare, Kings, and Marin Counties are coming together to offer a free Suicide Prevention learning day. Hear from three keynote speakers: Sally Spencer Thomas, Kevin Briggs, and Kevin Berthia.

Event workshops include:

  • Veterans & First Responder Mental Health panel
  • Lived Experience panel
  • Update from California Department of Public Health on their Zero Suicide initiative

Continuing Education units are available for those who attend the entire event. For questions, please email Lisa Crossley at [email protected].

Cuesta College Awareness Gallery 

In partnership with Cuesta College, the interactive Awareness Gallery raises awareness of common issues affecting students and engages them in making positive lifestyle choices. Through self-reflection, the gallery challenges attendees to rethink previous notions around the stigma associated with seeking behavioral health support. With this comes the opportunity to spark conversation and learn from each other. 
Admission to the gallery is free and open to all community members. Audio guides in English and Spanish will be available.
Galleries open from September 14, 2022-October 12, 2022. Locations and hours are below:

San Luis Obispo campus, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA, Dovica Learning Resource Center & Library, Building 3200

  • Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

North County campus, 2800 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, CA, Schwartz Learning Resource Center & Library, Building N3100

  • Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

Community Supports:

Hospice SLO County Suicide Bereavement Support Group

A support group for those left behind after someone important to them completed suicide. This group meets virtually the second and last Wednesday of every month. Learn more and register here.

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA)  Survivors of Suicide Attempt Support Group

A support group for survivors of suicide attempt. This group allows a safe space for individuals to feel connected and heard by others with similar experiences. Learn new coping skills and create hope for the future. Meetings are held Mondays from 5:30pm-6:30pm. 

For more information and to register, email [email protected]

Related Services

Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Council

Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.

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