Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and County Behavioral Health is kicking the month off with the annual Suicide Prevention Forum. See below to learn about the forum and other events that will be happening both virtually and in-person across the county throughout the month of September. To access a copy of the calendar of events for the month of September, click on the following link: Suicide Prevention Month Program
Suicide Prevention Forum 2020 Featuring Live Through This: A Lifetime with Suicidal Thoughts & Art as Social Justice
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 2020 Suicide Prevention Forum. The Forum was recorded and available to view below, enjoy!
In a series of "snapshots," Dese'Rae L. Stage shares her experiences with suicidal thoughts (and sometimes more) over the course of her lifetime. She covers family dynamics and the teenage years--the difficult transition from middle to high school; questioning her sexuality; an abusive relationship; divorce; infertility; and how suicidal thoughts cropped up in each. She shows the audience a living portrait reflecting CDC findings indicating that suicide is a response to adversity, rather than mental illness as a singular cause. She walks us down the path that led her to Live Through This and brings the voices of attempt survivors with her through portraits and quotations, and takes the audience into an interview with her via video. She discusses major themes that crop up in the stories of survivors, along with the impact the project has made in a number of contexts. Stage implores listeners to open their hearts and their minds to those who have literally lived through it, and provides evidence that suicide affects all of us. Audiences can expect a talk that will be revealing, often touching, always honest and, ultimately, hopeful. (Funny, too!)
Live Through This Traveling Exhibit
*Update* Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the traveling exhibit is put on hold for a future date. Please check back in for future opportunities to view the exhibit. Thank you for your understanding.
Stop by one of our many locations throughout the month of September to see photos from Live Through This in person! Photos will be set up to view safely and physically distant. After each viewing, materials will be disinfected for next viewers. Details on where to find the exhibit will be updated shortly!
The S Word Documentary
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 2 at 6pm for a FREE screening of the documentary film, The S Word. Featured last year at the Suicide Prevention Forum, The S Word aims to break down the silence surrounding suicide. Register now for an opportunity to pick up a free "viewing packet" with snacks, resources, and more!
The event is FREE and will be screened virtually through Zoom. Sign up here for The S Word Documentary Screening.
Suicide Prevention Summit
Are you a behavioral health worker wanting to learn more about the experience of suicide and how to help your clients? Are you a community member wanting to know how to support those around you? If you answered 'yes' to one of these questions, then this summit is for you! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 9th from 9am-4:30pm for a day packed with valuable information and some self-care! Networking opportunities with other counties will be available too.
- Survivor Outreach Team: Active Postvention
- Crisis Coping Theory & the Suicidal Crisis Path: A Contect for Understanding Suicide, Supports, and Interventions
- Firearm Suicide Prevention: Unusual Partners With a Shared Goal
- Understanding How Brain Health is Affected by Nutrition
- Speaker's Panel: Diverse Mental Health Journeys
Sign up for the inaugural Central California Regional Suicide Prevention Summit by clicking here.
Want to get the 6 available CE's? Please also sign up here.
Coffee Sleeve Activity
Stop by one of the coffee shops listed below and order your favorite coffee accompanied by a Know the Signs coffee sleeve!
Participating coffee shops will be listed soon!
Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.