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.
Responding to Suicide: Local Community Efforts
Templates for Suicide Prevention Policies:
Support and Protections
- In June 2019, the California Assembly adopted
policy ACR 99 prohibiting conversion therapy: a
practice that attempts to change an individual's sexual orientation to
heterosexual by means of psychological or spiritual
intervention. The California legislature stated that being
LGBTQ does not equate to illness or disease, and that conversion therapy
is harmful, unethical, and ineffective. The policy will now be considered
by the Senate; read the policy language here.
- In early July 2019, Santa Clara County joined 95 cities, counties, towns, and
mayors in the US in submitting a brief supporting the continuation of workplace
anti-discrimination laws for LGBTQ people.
Community Summit on Firearms and Safety participants
on April 28, 2018 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds' Fiesta Hall, 344 Tully Road, San Jose
Community Summit on Firearms and Safety
Behavioral Health Services Department staff (photo, left) and Suicide Prevention stakeholders participated in open community dialogue about firearm safety, in a summit organized by Supervisor Cortese’s office and County agencies on April 28th. Compilation of results and recommendations from the summit discussions is underway.
San Jose Suicide Prevention Policy
The City of San Jose’s Rules Committee approved a city-wide suicide prevention policy on April 18th. The policy will now go to a priority-setting vote by City Council.