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Suicide Prevention Month
2021

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Suicide Prevention Month

Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Equity

For 2021, San Mateo County, Star Vista and partners are promoting the theme of “Supportive Transitions: Reconnect, Reenter, Rebuild.” Transition can be conceptualized as an event or series of events that cause fundamental changes in the fabric of daily life – what people do, where they do it, and with whom. Transitions, in any shape or size, expected or unexpected, welcomed or not welcomed, can be unsettling, disorienting, and stressful. They can impact our mental health and major life changes have long been understood to be environmental risk factors for suicide. Positive coping skills, resilience, and connectedness to family, friends, and our community can act as protective factors to help us navigate transitions. While the pandemic has changed our fabric of life, it has also strengthened our resilience and resolve. As we re-enter “normal” life -whether it is going back to school, reconnecting with friends, rediscovering favorite places, or reimaging our future, transitions are easier when we navigate them together. Remember, all of us can play a role in suicide prevention. Together we can reconnect, reenter and rebuild for the future.

Each year, the San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE) and Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) publishes a Calendar of Events listing events of Suicide Prevention Month. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. This year events will be in-person and/or virtual.

View our 2021 Calendar of Events in English and Spanish
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Please continue visiting this page for updates and details on upcoming free SPM events. 

Wednesday, September 1 | 3:30pm-5pm
Mental Health Substance Abuse Recovery Commission
Location: Zoom Link (Web ID: 992 9860 8126) 
Zoom Passcode: 391541 16699006833
Details: Details: This San Mateo County Mental Health Substance Abuse Recovery Commission will include a presentation on September Suicide Prevention Month. You may submit public comments via email or verbally to advocate for suicide prevention. To email public comment, please send public comment to Chantae Rochester at crochester@smcgov.org no later than August 30, at 5:00 p.m. For verbal public comment, please visit Zoom link above. You can check out these talking points to guide and inspire your public comment.
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Tips on Talking Points
Language: English (interpretation available upon request)
Contact: Sylvia Tang (She/Her/Hers) | stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165

Friday, September 10 | 6pm-7pm
Music and Poetry in Observance of World Suicide Prevention Day
Location: Via Zoom (Registration Link)
Details: This event will acknowledge the struggle people have with suicide through music, poetry, and stories from speakers who have lived experience. There will also be information about where people can find support locally. Finally it will end with a call to action to light a candle (or an approximation of candle) at 8PM.
English flyerSpanish Flyer
Language: English
Contact: Cynthia Rider, (she/her) | rider@plsinfo.org, 650-558-7407

Monday, September 13th- September 29th | All Day 
TAG you’re it: Reconnect, Reenter, Rebuild
Location: Virtual (https://star-vista.org/tag-youre-it/)
Description: StarVistas Health Ambassador Program for Youth challenges you to reconnect, reenter, and rebuild during out Tag You’re It week. Show us ways that you apply the theme: ‘Supportive Transitions: Reconnect, Reenter, Rebuild’ into your daily life by participating in our challenge for a chance to win a $50 Target gift card, the more submissions you enter the higher the chances of winning! Ready to accept the challenge? please visit Tag You’re It page for details!
Language: English
Contact: Brenda Nunez (she/her) | brenda.nunez@star-vista.org

Tuesday, September 14 | 9am-11am
Board of Supervisor Proclamation
Location: Board of Supervisor Chambers (Virtual location to be announced)
Details: Every year, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors proclaims September as Suicide Prevention Month. Please join in solidarity with our Board of Supervisors and greater San Mateo County community. You are also welcome to provide public comment on this agenda item as well. You can find meeting agenda and live stream link at https://sanmateocounty.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
Tips on Talking Points
Language: English
Contact: Sylvia Tang (she/her) | stang@smcgov.org

Wednesday, September 15 | 3:30pm
Ask Me Anything Suicide: Candid Conversations on Suicide
Location: Via Zoom (Registration Link)
Details: Join us for an enlightening, educational, and de-stigmatizing discussion about suicide. This “ask me anything”-style event will allow audience participants to ask suicide survivors any questions they may have about suicide. Fellow suicide survivors and those who have less opportunity to talk about suicide are welcome. The speakers include three suicide survivors who have graduated from the Lived Experience Academy speakers training. Recommended for ages 13+
Language: English
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Contact: Fiona Potter (she/her) | fpotter@redwoodcity.org | 650-780-7056

Wednesday, September 15 | 6pm-7pm
Supporting Mental Wellbeing of San Mateo County Youth

Location: Via Zoom (Registration Link
Details: In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, representatives from the San Mateo County Office of Education & StarVista will be taking a look at the challenges facing the mental wellness of local youth, and what we might be able to do to help.
Language: English
Contact: John Weaver (he/they) | jnweaver@menlopark.org

Saturday, September 18 | 10:30am-11:30am
Not in Isolation: A Youth Panel on Intersectionality in Mental Health
Location: Via Zoom (Registration Link
Details: This is a virtual panel featuring youth speakers (ages 16-24) who will share lived experiences and stories pertaining to how their multiple identities – with regards to race/ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, socioeconomic status, and ability – influence and impact their mental health. The panel will be followed by a live Q&A.
Language: English, Spanish, Mandarin
Contact: Shirley Mak (she/her/她) | shm119@stanford.edu | 510-324-6574

Monday, September 20 | 6pm
Loved Ones Lost: Hope Beyond Suicide
Location: Zoom (Registration link
Details: Those whose lives have been touched by the loss of a loved one to suicide will share from their hearts their personal stories. We seek to give hope to those who have survived this lived experience. We will also have three lived experience speakers who have survived the loss of a loved one.
Language: English
Contact: John Butler (he/him) | NewHope8@aol.com 

Wednesday, September 22 | 3:30pm-5pm
Building a Resilient Community with Our Youth: Self-Care Practices for the Supporters
Location: Virtual (Eventbrite Registration Link)
Details: Join Project Safety Net in exploring the power of self-care in promoting youth mental health and suicide prevention. Event will feature a community panel that will share self-care practices and pandemic reflections. Participants will have opportunity to explore self-care planning as well as identify local mental health and suicide prevention resources.
Language: English
Contact: Peying Lee (she/her) | peying@psnyouth.org | 1-650-460-8305

Saturday, September 25 | 4pm-6pm
Be Sensitive Be Brave Training and Lived Experience Panel
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (975 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066) – In the Gym
Details: “Be Sensitive, Be Brave for Suicide Prevention” is foundational workshop in suicide prevention that teaches how to act as eyes and ears for suicidal distress and connect individuals with appropriate services. Workshop participants will learn to recognize suicide risk, how to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide, and connect them with help. This workshop will also discuss navigating conversations about suicide across diverse populations, with the aim of equipping community members to be culturally responsive within their communities.
Registration Link
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Language: English
Contact: Jean Perry (she/her) | jeanpv78@gmail.com | 650-219-7029 (text only)

Sunday, September 26 | 2pm-4pm
Connecting with Community
Location: San Carlos Youth Center (1001 Chestnut St, San Carlos, CA 94070)
Details: This is an in-person event is for middle and high schoolers. There will be food, games, raffle prizes, and a guest speaker discussing how to help a friend who may be feeling suicidal.
Language: English
Contact: Sarah Fuhs (she/her) | 650-771-4383

Tuesday, September 28 | 11am-1pm
Suicide: The Ripple Effect Movie Screening
Location: Virtual (Registration Link)
Details: Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, chronicles the impact of his suicide attempt on others and his work as a mental health advocate since that time.
Language: English
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Contact: Perry Chen | chenp@smccd.edu

Tuesday, September 28 | 5:30pm-6:30pm
#ReachOut: Community Resources for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Location: Virtual (Eventbrite Registration Link)
Details: In this collaborative community event, San Mateo County Health (Suicide Prevention Committee / Office of Diversity & Equity), StarVista, Sequoia Healthcare District, and The Parent Venture offer resources for youth mental health and suicide prevention. This webinar will provide important information for parents/caregivers and supportive adults about suicide prevention, including warning signs, risk factors, and how to support a child/youth who is struggling.
Language: English (Spanish interpretation available)
Contact: Charlene Margot, MA (she/her) | cmargot@parentventure.org

Wednesday, September 29 | 10:30am-12pm
Hope & Healing: A Conversation on Suicide
Location: Hybrid – Virtual (Registration Link) & In-Person (Skyline College - Building 4, Rm 4148)
Details: Suicide: The Ripple Effect Panel Discussion. Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, chronicles the impact of his suicide attempt on others and his work as a mental health advocate since that time.
Language: English
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Contact: Perry Chen | chenp@smccd.edu

Thursday, September 30 | 4pm-6pm
Be Sensitive Be Brave for Suicide Prevention: A Foundational Guide With the Diversity and Equity Council
Location: Virtual (Registration Link)
Details: “Be Sensitive, Be Brave for Suicide Prevention” is foundational workshop in suicide prevention that teaches how to act as eyes and ears for suicidal distress and connect individuals with appropriate services. Workshop participants will learn to recognize suicide risk, how to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide, and connect them with help. This workshop will also discuss navigating conversations about suicide across diverse populations, with the aim of equipping community members to be culturally responsive within their communities.
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Language: English with Spanish Interpretation Services
Contact: Brenda Nunez (she/her) | brenda.nunez@star-vista.org

For general suicide prevention information and resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention

SPM Social Media Campaign

Interested to share your support for Suicide Prevention Month on social media? Here is our toolkit: 

If you have any other questions, please contact STang@smcgov.org.