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Suicide Prevention & Crisis

Published on: 11/25/2014 2:49 PM
Suicide & Crisis Hotline
Need Help? We Care!
Toll-Free: 1-855-278-4204
Available 24 hours/7 days. 
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
The Santa Clara County Suicide & Crisis Hotline is a 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide prevention hotline available 7 days a week for phone intervention and emotional support by highly trained volunteer Crisis Phone Counselors to help individuals who are experiencing:
  • different forms of crisis
  • emotional or situational distress
  • a need for ongoing support
  • varying degrees of mental illness
  • a need for general information or referrals


Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals Workshop
Sponsored by the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program, American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). 
Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center campus, San José, CA
(address to confirmed workshop participants)
Registration: Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 26, 2014

E-mail scanned completed Registration Form to Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at or call 1 (408) 885-3982.
No walk-ins will be accepted.
For additional questions e-mail Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH, Suicide Prevention Coordinator.
This event will be wheelchair accessible. If you need additional accommodations, please e-mail or call Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH Suicide Prevention Coordinator.
"Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals" is a one day workshop for mental health professionals on assessing suicide risk, planning treatment, and managing the ongoing care of the client who is at-risk.
Workshop Objectives
  • Participants will gain knowledge in the following core competencies:
  • Managing one’s own reactions to suicide
  • Reconciling the difference and potential conflict between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and a client’s goal to eliminate psychological pain through suicide
  • Maintaining a collaborative, non-adversarial stance
  • Eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, and plans
  • Making a clinical judgment of the risk that a client will attempt or complete suicide
  • Collaboratively developing an emergency plan
  • Developing a written treatment and services plan that addresses a client’s immediate, acute, and continuing suicide ideation and risk for suicide
  • Developing policies and procedures for following clients closely
  • Implementing the principles of crisis management

Naomi Kitajima, MS, NP
The Director of Health Services at Foothill College has worked extensively in the suicide prevention field. Ms Kitajima is a Nurse Practitioner/Clinician, a lecturer for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk and a Master Trainer for QPR Institute (Question, Persuade and Refer). Her broad clinical experience complements the course content and presentation materials.
Click here for the Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals Brochure/Registration Form.
Registration fee and cost of materials paid for by the California Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) through a Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Grant.

safeTALK Workshop

Presented by the Department of Behavioral Health Services' Suicide Prevention Program and the Office of Consumer Affairs. 
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: 12:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: South County Self-Help Center, 1235 1st Street, Gilroy, CA 95020
Registration: Call Adriana Vega, Mental Health Peer Support Worker 1 (408) 852-2462 or Sabrina, Mental Health Peer Support Worker at 1 (408) 852-2463.
FREE training opportunity is limited to 30 community members who are 15 years of age and older. No previous training is required to become a suicide-alert helper.
For more information call Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 1 (408) 885-3982.
safeTALK is a workshop that prepares participants to identify people with thoughts of suicide, and connect them with life-saving first aid resources.

Workshop Features

  • Presentations and guidance from a registered LivingWorks trainer
  • Access to support from a local community resource person
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Simple and effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Hands-on skills practice and development

You can expect to leave safeTALK with practical knowledge of how to identify someone at risk and link them to life-saving resources.
Please click here to read the safeTALK Workshop Flyer.


Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Division of Integrated Behavioral Health
“This course meets the qualications for 3 hours of continuing education for LCSW's and LMFT's as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences."
This workshop is made possible by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds.

QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Online Course
Ask a Question, Save a Life
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE one-hour training available to anyone 18 years of age 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.
To learn more about this training for groups/employees/volunteers please contact the Suicide Prevention Program click here to sign up.
This training is made possible by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds.
Suicide Prevention Speakers Bureau
Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Speakers Bureau consists of panels formed by individuals with lived experience, who share their personal stories at community events. Speakers share their stories of help, hope, and strength along with available local resources in our community.
To join or attend the panel, please contact
Click here for the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Speakers Bureau flyer.
Funded by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63)
Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program 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. Keep up to date by reading the newsletter. Scroll down to access newsletters.
Why We Care
We believe suicide is preventable.
Our goals are to:
  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.
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.