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Suicide Prevention & Crisis

Published on: 9/8/2014 8:48 AM


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September 2014 Newsletter

Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program is pleased to announce our first newsletter. The newsletter provides an easy way to stay informed about all the events happening in suicide prevention. Each month, the newsletter will have a different theme. This month’s theme is “National Suicide Prevention Week” from September 8-14, 2014. The newsletter provides many ways for community member to participate in National Suicide Prevention Week. Keep up to date by reading the newsletter.


2014 Suicide Prevention Week
September 8th-12th “One World Connected”
You are invited to join the Speakers Bureau Panel. Presenters will share their stories of help, hope, and strength along with available local resources and in our community. Panels will be held on the following dates
  •  Tuesday, September 9, 1pm – 2pm
            Mental Health Central Wellness, Room 108  
            2221 Enborg Lane, San Jose, CA 95128
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6pm-8pm
            Morgan Hill Library – Community Room
            660 W. Main Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  •   Friday, September 12, 2014 1pm – 5pm (Panel from 2-3pm)
            Valley Specialty Center, Basement Conference Room BQ160
            751 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128


National Suicide Prevention Week
September 8th- September 14th, 2014:
Community Conversations SPW1
NSPW is an annual event lasting one week in the United States to bring awareness to suicides and suicide prevention. This year’s theme will be “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected,” and will focus on increasing awareness that suicide preventable premature death around the world.  During NSPW, World Suicide Prevention Day will be on Wednesday September 10th.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Board of Supervisors adopted and presented the Suicide Prevention Oversight Committee with a Proclamation declaring September 8 - 14, 2014 as "Suicide Prevention Week" in Santa Clara County.



Need CEUs? Consider taking an online Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training for free and/or sign up for the safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone workshop on Friday August 29th, 2014 and move beyond the tendencies to MISS, DISMISS or AVOID talking about suicide. See attached flyers to find out more about these events. For further information or to find out what you can do to prevent suicides in your community, please register by contacting or call 408-885-3982.
SAFE Talk Flyer


Ask a Question, Save a Life click here to sign up
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE one-hour training available to anyone 18 years or older who lives or works in Santa Clara County. QPR training is an online course to learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths. QPR, modeled after CPR training, is an emergency response to someone in crisis. You will learn about myths and facts related to suicide; warning signs of suicide; how to ask the right questions; how to persuade someone in crisis to seek help; and to refer them to resources.  This program is made possible by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds. To learn more about this training for groups/employees/volunteers please contact us, use this link: click here to sign up


Why We Care
We believe suicide is preventable.
Our goals are:
  1.   Reduce deaths from suicide in Santa Clara County.
  2.   Increase awareness of why people contemplate suicide and how to access available resources.
  3. Improve monitoring of suicides using clear and comprehensive data.
  4.  Empower people to respond to a person who is considering suicide through training and education.
For services please contact the following:
  •  Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS):(408) 885-6100
    Available 24-hours a day. Services include evaluation, assessment, treatment and observation, and referral to appropriate care including admission to a hospital when needed.
  • Mental Health Urgent Care: (408) 885-7855
    Open every day from 8:00am-10:00pm every day. This is a walk-in outpatient clinic for Santa Clara County residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis. MHUC provides screening, assessments, crisis intervention, referral and short-term treatment for adolescents and adults (13 years old and up).
1-855-278-4204 Toll-free, 24/7
A live counselor always answers this Toll-Free hotline 24-hours per day.
To those who have lost their lives by suicide,
To those who struggle with thoughts of suicide,
To those who have made an attempt on their lives,
To those caring for someone who struggles,
To those left behind after a death by suicide,
To those in recovery, and

To all those who work tirelessly to prevent suicide and suicide attempts in our nation.
We believe that we can and we will make a difference.
From the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action