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Suicide Prevention & Crisis

Published on: 9/8/2016 9:41 AM
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

Saturday, September 10, 2016
International Association for Suicide 
World Suicide Prevention Day

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Join the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department Hope Matters team​! 
Click here for the NAMIWalks flyer.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Monday and Tuesday, June 6 & 7, 2016
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
San Jose, CA
Exact location provided to confirmed attendees.
RSVP your seat for this highly interactive, FREE, practical, practice-oriented workshop.
To Register: Contact Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH, Suicide Prevention Coordinator by phone: 1 (408) 885-3982 or e-mail:
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
Click here for the ASIST fly​er. Click here for Letter of Interest (LOI) due by the end of business Friday, May 27, 2016.

Scan and e-mail Letter of Intent to: or
Fax to: (408) 885-5376.
For more information regarding the course, visit:
Training provided by the Behavioral Health Services Department with funds from the voter-approved Proposition 63.
FREE Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Workshop
Mental Health First Aid Training
You may know CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver. You can call 911. But can you administer First Aid in a mental health crisis?  How would you know? And how can you help?  Become a Mental Health First Aider!  MHFA is a highly interactive, 8-hour program taught over two, 4-hour days to small groups. The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking help or even acknowledging that they need help. And it they do want help, they don’t know where to turn. Mental Health First Aid equips the public to help persons with mental illness connect to care.

Date:  Thursday, September 1, 2016 and Friday, September 2, 2016
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. both days

Location:  Valley Specialty Center building located on Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Campus
751 South Bascom Avenue, San José, CA 95128, Basement level, Conference Room BQ160.

Pre-register: e-mail: or call: 1 (408) 885-6421
Click here for the Mental Health First Aid​ flyer.
Questions? Contact Zinat Mohamed, Health Career Connection Intern by phone: 1 (408) 885-6421 or e-mail :​.
For more information regarding the Mental Health First Aid course, visit:
 Course fee paid for by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (MHSA​)  (Prop. 63)
safeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone!
safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. safeTALK helps expand the reach of suicide intervention skills in communities around the world. Be part of creating a suicide-safer community.
Questions? Contact Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH, Suicide Prevention Coordinator by phone: 1 (408) 885-3982 or e-mail
For more information regarding the course, visit:

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 (MHSA)  (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.
For guidelines click here for Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide©
Additional information can be found at:
We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lives. In fact, half of us will deal with some type of mental health challenge over the course of our lifetime. Unfortunately, sometimes these challenges can become more serious and require more attention. However, there is good news. Recovery is also common and we can all do something to help.”
To learn more about Each Mind Matters, California's Mental Health Movement, visit their Website at:
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.
Know The Signs 
Get the MY3 Suicide Prevention App