Marin Cty Suicide Prevention Collaborative
September is the National Suicide Prevention Month and in September 2020 Marin County initiated the Suicide Prevention Collaborative (SPC) which is focused on both suicide prevention and recovery throughout Marin. During 2020, the SPC held monthly Zoom meetings to engage and educate our community on suicide prevention and warning signs.
On September 1st, the SPC begins its second year events and its new campaign "Supportive Transitions: Reconnection, Reenter, Rebuild". Transitions, that is what people do, where they do it, and with whom, can be unsettling, disorienting and stressful and impact mental health. For a long time, such major life changes have been understood as suicidal risk factors.
From March 2020 to today, the pandemic thus transitioned our community's life fabric, it has also strengthened the resilience and resolution among many individuals. Now that we are reentering "normal" life, we are all experiencing yet another broad transition and so the SPC is focusing on navigating together activities such as in-person education, reconnected friendships, rediscovered activities and reimagined futures.
To seek help and support people who attempted suicide or are in recovery here are many things you can do:
- Attend community events. Visit the list of September's Marin community Suicide Prevention Events online.
- Implement toolkit and campaign materials. Know the Signs Website and Each Mind Matters Resource Center provide effective ways and tools for playing a role in suicide prevention. These site include the evidence-based materials and social media messages for your community, audience or language including: older adults, LGBTQ+ youth/adults, Latinx LGBTQ+ Immigrant youth, and BIPOC individuals.
- Take training. Did you know that talking about suicide will not cause someone to take their life? Learn more about the facts of suicide. Taking just one suicide prevention training can build a person’s confidence in helping a person in need of help.
- Attend the Marin County Suicide Prevention Collaborative meetings and play a role! Register here for our first meeting tomorrow Wednesday, September 1st at 2 p.m.
Organization: Suicide Prevention Collaborative
Contact: Kara Conners
Contact Phone: 415-320-5717