State Suicide Prevention Network
BASCIA is the regional sponsor for the Statewide Suicide Prevention Network. Our region includes the nine county San Francisco Bay Area plus Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties in the south and Lake and Mendocino counties in the north. We are looking to include all who may come in contact with suicidal individuals--school counselors, community health organizations, physicians, and first responders. In addition, we want to include leaders from faith-based and ethnic communities, business, LGBTQ services, women’s and veterans' organizations.
To build the Statewide Suicide Prevention Network, BASCIA will sponsor quarterly regional meetings to develop and refine prevention practices and reduce suicide in the communities we serve. The issues we will address include:
- Restricting access to lethal means
- Community- wide suicide prevention education
- Community specific suicide prevention education
- Risk assessment and contagion
- Facts and myths about suicide
- Early intervention
Our next meeting is co sponsored by:
- Suicide Prevention Service/Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
- Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health
- San Benito County Behavioral Health
- Monterey County Behavioral Health
And will be:
Wednesday, April 30th 2014
Watsonville Civic Center
275 Main St, 4th Floor
Watsonville CA 95076
Subsequent meetings will be held throughout the region. A recorded version of selected sessions from previous meetings is also posted online, which registered members are free to review.
To Attend one of our meetings please preregister. This registration will also enroll you in the our region’s section of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Network and provide you with:
- Information on our meetings and announcements
- Our occasional Newsletter
- Access to ongoing Network activities.
Network members will also receive invitations to our quarterly meetings and may join our topic specific work group or online discussion groups, which should launch soon.
Our region includes the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterrey Bay Area and Lake and Mendocino Counties in the north.
The five BASCIA agencies, along with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services' Suicide Prevention Center in Los Angeles, The Effort in Sacramento, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County and Help, Inc. of Shasta County are leading the expansion of suicide prevention efforts in California, thanks to the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) (http://www.calmhsa.org).
The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA operates services and education programs on a statewide, regional and local basis.
This consortium of California crisis centers will organize regional suicide prevention task forces that will collectively form the California Suicide Prevention Network (CSPN). With representatives from colleges, school districts, community and faith-based groups, federal and municipal agencies, and medical centers, these task forces will come up with concrete steps to reduce the risk of suicide locally and then share their best practices with others across the State and nation. The consortium will also identify the State's gaps in services and populations that have been overlooked and under-served.