The first ever county-wide Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention was approved by the Santa Clara County (SCC) Board of Supervisors in August 2010. Policy and Governance Advocacy is one of the five strategies recommended in the Plan. The primary objective of this strategy is to:
- Increase public awareness of suicide as a public health problem; and
- Promote policies and programs that prevent suicide at local, state, and federal level, and within different organizations; and
- Advocate for changes in in legislation and policy; and
- Advocate prevention funding.