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Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services

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
 
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Become a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer!


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The Suicide Prevention Program has partnered with the National Council on Behavioral Health to train 30 instructors in the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum. 

For more information about the training, visit Mental Health First Aid USA

If interested, contact Zinat Mohamed, Suicide Prevention Associate by phone: 1 (408) 885-6421 or 

FREE  Mental Health Literacy Training

 




Date:  Monday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Location:  Learning Partnership, 1075 E. Santa Clara Street,  San Jose CA 95116 

Click image to view MHFA March flyer.


Date:  Monday, April 9 and Thursday April 12, 2018

Time:  12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location:  Learning Partnership, 1075 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose CA 95116

Click image to view MHFA April flyer.


To registration, contact is Leticia Medina either by phone 1 (408) 792-3921,  or email leticia.medina2@hhs.sccgov.org



FREE  Youth Mental Health Literacy Training

 
      

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
 
 Youth Mental Health First Aid is a free* 8-hour training designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Intended Audience
Anyone can take the 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18 and who do NOT have a mental health background: teachers, nurses, coaches etc.

Date:  Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location:  Community Solutions, 9015 Murray Avenue, #100, Gilroy, CA 95020

Questions? Contact Zinat Mohamed, Suicide Prevention Associate by phone: 1 (408) 885-6421 or 

Click here to register. Click here for the flyer.

For more information regarding the Mental Health First Aid curriculm, visit Mental Health First Aid USA

Training provided by the Behavioral Health Services Department with funds from the voter-approved Proposition 63.


Suicide Intervention Workgroup Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Learning Partnership
1075 East Santa Clara Street, 2nd Flr.
Training Room  T-1
San Jose, CA 95116-2244

Kris Bifulco, Peer Support Coordinator, LGBTQ Wellness Program, Caminar will be stepping in as co-chair of this Workgroup along with Lauren Olaiz, Community Mental Health Relations, El Camino Hospital.

The Suicide Intervention Workgroup regularly meets the second Wednesday of every month. 

Scroll down to access previous meeting documents.

The Suicide Intervention Workgroup is open to the public!


 
FREE Suicide Intervention Workshop

 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training | Wed., Thurs., May 2 & 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Workshop features:
• Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
• A scientifically proven intervention model
• Powerful audiovisual learning aids
• Group discussions
• Skills practice and development
• A balance of challenge and safety

Location: Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

RSVP your seat for this highly interactive, FREE, practical, practice-oriented workshop. 

Click here to Register Online​. Click here for the flyer.

For more information regarding ASIST, visit LivingWorks Website.
Training provided by the Behavioral Health Services Department with funds from the voter-approved Proposition 63.

Questions? Contact Zinat Mohamed, Suicide Prevention Associate by phone: 1 (408) 885-6421 or 

Training provided by the Behavioral Health Services Department with funds from the voter-approved Proposition 63.


FREE, Practice-Oriented Workshop
 

suicide To Hope (s2H): A Recovery and Growth Workshop

The goal of the suicide To Hope (s2H) Workshop is to encourage and enable participants to apply a recovery and growth oriented approach to working with persons previously at risk and currently safe from suicide. Through interactive learning and practice, participants will learn to: 

  • Reflect on their qualities as helpers - the beliefs, values and attitudes they bring to the helping relationship - and how these impact the effectiveness of their work. 
  • Describe key features of a hope-oriented, recovery and growth approach to suicide; 
  • Understand a framework for finding and exploring recovery and growth opportunities in suicide experiences and 
  • Apply a Pathway to Hope (PaTH) model for setting and working toward recovery an growth goals 
For more information regarding suicide To Hope (s2H), visit LivingWorks Website.

Training provided by the Behavioral Health Services Department with funds from the voter-approved Proposition 63
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Epi-Aid on Youth Suicide in Santa Clara County Final Report | Published March 3, 2017


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted an investigation of youth suicide in the County of Santa Clara. The purpose of the investigation was to identify ways to reduce people's risk for suic idal behavior by addressing factors at the individual, family, community and society levels.

The final report was provided to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (PHD). Click here to view the Epi-Aid on Youth Suicide in Santa Clara County Final Report, or visit PHD's Epi-Aid on Youth Suicide in Santa Clara County Web page. BHSD produced a one-page About Youth Suicides in Santa Clara County Infographic.

For more information about effective suicide prevention strategies, please click to view CDC's Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs and Practices.

 

Resource for Educators

HEARD K-12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention (293 pp.) | Published July 1, 2017

 

This Toolkit was created in 2013 in response to a need for schools to address student mental and emotional wellness to prevent suicide and, in particular, how to respond after a suicide loss. California law AB 2246, enacted in 2016, requires that all public schools have a “Pupil Suicide Prevention Policy.” 

 
This document has been updated to reflect both this need and this policy requirement. Click on the image to download the PDF Toolkit.

 

Free Ongoing Online Suicide Prevention Training


 

QPR 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.

Click here to sign up  for a free online training code.

For more information regarding the QPR, visit QPR Institute

Training provided by the Behavioral Health Services Department with funds from the voter-approved Proposition 63.

Volunteer for the Suicide Prevention Program

Click on the banner to access Online Volunteer form


 

Deadline Thursday, March 1, 2018

For submission documents see 2018 Directing Change Program & Student Film Contest section below. For more information on eligibility requirements and contest rules visit Directing Change Website.

 This is a student and young adult film contest; only student and youth or young adult produced films are eligible. To participate one of the following must apply to you:

To enter as a Middle or High School Student you must be associated with a middle school or high school located in California and in grades 7-12. 

To enter as a Youth or Young Adult you must be between the ages of 14 and 25 and associated with a college, university, club, community-based organization (e.g. a local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or the National Alliance on Mental Illness), or other agency or program in California.


   



Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

 
Responsible Media Coverage Saves Lives

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide were developed by leading experts in suicide prevention and in collaboration with several international suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts. The recommendations are based on more than 50 international studies on suicide contagion.

 
For guideline in English click here to read the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide©
For More Information on Reporting On Suicide visit ReportingOnSuicide.org.

 
For guideline in English click here to read the Recommendations for Blogging on Suicide
For More Information on Blogging On Suicide visit bloggingonsuicide.org.

 
For guideline in English click here to read the
Social Media Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention
For More Information visit TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment and Media).

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Last updated: 3/13/2018 7:51 PM