For 2023, San Mateo County, Star Vista, and partners are promoting the statewide theme of “Share Hope Together.” The act of sharing, whether that be sharing hope, stories, time, resources, or experiences, can serve as a powerful tool in suicide prevention. By sharing hope with one another and throughout our communities, we can work through pain and connect individuals to resources in times of crisis and before. We know that the more individuals, professions, organizations, and systems work together, rather than in silos, to share knowledge and resources the more we can increase the quality of care being provided, as well as the instances of help-seeking and resource utilization. Through sharing of experiences and stories we can connect with and inspire one another, assuring individuals with lived experience and who have lost someone to suicide that healing is possible. Sharing can create a sense of belonging while also reducing the weight of our burdens – allowing us to take action for suicide prevention together.
Together we can:
- Share hope and connect individuals to supports in times of crisis and before.
- Share knowledge and resources including the warning signs of suicide and the importance of talking openly about mental health, suicide, and suicide prevention.
- Share the role different professions, organizations, and systems can play in suicide prevention.
- Share experiences and stories to reduce stigma and promote healing.
Each year, San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services’ Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE) and Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) promotes free events throughout the month of September to promote Suicide Prevention Month. All events are free and open to the public. This year’s events will be in-person and/or virtual.
Keep visiting this site for updates on 2023 Suicide Prevention Month.