WHAT: The Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee will unveil the county’s first comprehensive suicide prevention strategic plan at the Board of Supervisors meeting. The plan will serve as a springboard for a communitywide effort to provide the resources and awareness needed to reduce the suicide rate in Santa Clara County. WHO: Supervisor Liz Kniss, Co-chair, Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee Board of Supervisors Victor Ojakian, Co-chair, Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee Nancy Pena, Director, Santa Clara County Mental Health Department WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 – 9:30 a.m. (approximate time) WHERE: Board Chambers County Government Center 70 W. Hedding Street WHY: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Santa Clara County. Following several youth suicides in Palo Alto last year, Supervisor Liz Kniss launched an initiative to reduce suicide deaths in Santa Clara County. VISUALS: Video (7 minutes) of committee comments on the development of the plan.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119, or Joy Alexiou, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, (408) 885-4164 Posted: August 24, 2010