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Suicide Prevention Month


Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Equity

September is Suicide Prevention Month (SPM), which includes National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6-12, 2020) and World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10). SPM aims to empower everyone in the community to prevent suicide. 

For 2020, San Mateo County, Star Vista and partners are promoting the theme of “Stronger Together.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that studies show that connectedness is overall an important protective factor for suicide and states, “[c]onnectedness between individuals can lead to increased frequency of social contact, lowered levels of social isolation or loneliness, and an increased number of positive relationships.” 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenge, and yet we have seen how communities can come together in innovative and supportive ways. 

Each year, the San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE) and Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) publishes a list of events supporting Suicide Prevention Month broadly across local providers, partners and community in San Mateo County. ODE and SPC will be partnering with Star Vista to administer this year’s mini-grants for selected recipients.

You may find our Calendar of Events flyer hereor scroll down for our most up-to-date and comprehensive list of events. 

Please continue visiting this page for updates and details on upcoming free (or low cost) SPM events. 

Tuesday, September 8 | 2:00-3:30pm
Seeing Through Stigma: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Issues
Virtual Location: Register through Zoom 
Details: How do we get through a particularly challenging time, when resilience seems so difficult? Our guests, panelists from Heart & Soul’s Seeing Through Stigma campaign, share stories of their own mental health challenges, sharing their experience, strength and hope with the rest of us. They will talk about their journey to wellness and recovery, and how they have come to a place of resilience and hope.
For more info
Language: English
Contact: John Weaver |

Thursday, September 10 | 12:30-2:30 pm
Older Adult Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19: Understanding & Prevention

Virtual Location: Register
Details: This class examines suicidal ideation in older adults, and offers intervention methods. Unique stressors due to COVID-19 are reviewed. More information at web page below. 
Languages: English
Contact: Caitlin Morgan |

Tuesday, September 15 | 9 am
Board of Supervisors Proclamation of September Suicide Prevention Month​

Board of Supervisors 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
Languages: English
Contact: Sylvia Tang (she/her) | | 650-578-7165

Tuesday, September 15 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Bouncing Back, Bouncing Forward: Resourcing Ourselves for Resilience​

Virtual Location: Registration through Zoom 
Details: You may have heard that resilience is about “bouncing back” after an experience of failure or adversity, but did you know that you can “bounce” forward? 
Definitions of resilience; Ways to respond resiliently to life’s challenges
What it means to cultivate the resources that are the foundation for resilience; The importance of having a growth mindset and opportunity mindset when facing stress
Languages: English
Contact: John Weaver |

Tuesday, September 15 | 1:30-3:30pm
Expressing Yourself: Keeping Yourself Safe​

Virtual Location: Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 840 8477 9667 | Passcode: Prevent) or 669-900-9128 (Meeting ID: 840 8477 9667)
Details: Dr. Patrick Arbore, EdD, Founder and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP), and the Founder of Friendship Line at the Institute on Aging, will facilitate a program on elderly suicide prevention, isolation and loss, entitled, “Expressing Yourself: Keeping Yourself Safe.” What are the warning signs? How can family, friends, neighbors, and service providers help to keep our community members safe?
Languages: English
Contact: Ellyn Bloomfield |

Sunday, September 20 | 6:00-8:30pm
Virtual Screening of S-Word​

Virtual Location: Registration through Zoom 
Details: We invite you to participate in a workshop on how to identify the signs of suicide, how to have a conversation with someone who is thinking about ending their life, what actions to take and how to reach out for support. SEPTEMBER is Suicide Prevention Month.
Languages: English
Contact: Voices of Recovery |

Monday, September 21 | 6:00-8:00pm
Know the Signs of Suicide Among African American and Other Communities​

Virtual Location: Zoom Link | Passcode: 092120
Details: A survivor of a suicide attempt embarks on a mission to document the stories of fellow survivors. Screening to be followed with Q&A. 
Languages: English
Contact: 650-289-7670 |

Tuesday, September 22 | 12:00-2:30pm
Suicide: The Ripple Effect Film Screening​

Virtual Location: Zoom Link | Passcode: 209428
Details: “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” is a feature length documentary film and MOVEMENT,  focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive. 
Languages: English
Contact: Brenda Nuñez |

Wednesday, September 23 | 5:30-7:00pm
People of Color & Suicidal Experiences 

Virtual Location: Register through Eventbrite
Details: Community discussion dedicated to connecting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) folks who’s lives have been touched suicide. We will have a few people speak on their experience with suicide and then open the floor for discussion around POC Mental Health and the barriers to accessing care.
Languages: English
Contact: Karina Chapa | or John Butler |

Wednesday, September 23 | 7:00-8:30 pm
Panel Presentations & Discussion for Parents on Youth with Challenges of Mental Illness at NAMI San Mateo County General Meeting

Virtual Location: Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 814 4448 7084) OR one tap mobile +16699006833,,81444487084# US (San Jose) +12532158782,,81444487084# US (Tacoma)
Details: Attendees will learn about, and get to share, some of the unique challenges of meeting the educational and emotional needs of children with mental illness as they transition to adulthood, with the goal of facilitating their independent management of their illness, as well as what has worked for families. Attendees will also learn about what the Parents Of Youth and Young Adults Support Group can offer, especially in times of stress, ie during COVID 19. Guest speakers include Mary & Victor Ojakian and Ginny Traub & Florian Davos. 
Languages: English
More info at:
Contact: NAMI San Mateo, County |

Thursday, September 24 | 12:00 – 2:30pm 
Film Discussion: Hope and Healing: A Conversation on Suicide​

Virtual Location: Register through Zoom
Details: Screening of the documentary film of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, chronicling the impact of his suicide attempt on others and his work as a mental health advocate since that time. 30 minute panel discussion from those with lived experience to follow screening of film.
Language: English
Contact: Brenda Nuñez |

Thursday, September 24 | 6:00 – 8:00pm 
Suicide Prevention Training and Panel for Food Service Workers 

Virtual Location: Register through Eventbrite
Details: StarVista’s Crisis Center will be hosting a Suicide Prevention Training for food service workers & panel of speakers on Thursday September 24th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. During this training we will discuss how to recognize someone who may be at-risk for suicide, how to ask if they’re thinking about suicide, how to support that person, and where to go for help. The following panel will be a group of folks who (1) are currently working or previously worked in the food service industry and (2) have dealt with mental health challenges while working in the food service industry.
Language: English
Contact: Karina Chapa |

Monday, September 28 | 4:00-5:00pm 
Rebound: Understanding and Building Resilience in Challenging Times​

Virtual Location: Register through Zoom 
Details: Emotional resilience is important for a person’s well-being – but what does that mean? Clinical Psychologist Dr. Erica Britton will join us to give us a working definition of resilience and provide strategies for building resilience.
For More Info 
Language: English 
Contact: John Weaver |

Monday, September 28 | 6:00-8:00pm 
Reconozca las Señales de Suicidio en la Comunidad Latinx​

Virtual Location: Zoom Link
Details: Te invitamos a participar en un taller sobre cómo identificar las señales de suicidio, cómo tener una conversación con alguien que esta pensando terminar con su vida, qué acciones tomar y cómo buscar apoyo. SEPTIEMBRE es el mes de la prevención del Suicidio.
Language: Spanish
Contact: Yolanda Ramirez | | 650-573-2189

Tuesday, September 29 | 12:00-1:30pm
Why, in God’s Name, Would You Want to Kill Yourself?  A Conversation on Spirituality & Suicide​

Virtual Location: Register through Eventbrite
Details: Spirituality has been shown to be a protective factor against suicidality. Our speakers will lead a discussion that will focus greatly on the ways in which spirituality affected their mental health and recovery. You don’t need to hold a formal religious belief, to take part in religious practices, or belong to an established faith tradition to participate in this dialogue.
Language: English
Contact: Karina Chapa | or John Butler |

Tuesday, September 29 | 5:00-6pm
Photovoice Story Circle​

Virtual Location: Register Through Zoom 
Details: Photovoice is a storytelling workshop that encourages community members to share their stories of recovery and wellness, in a way that is empowering for them and other community members. The Redwood City Public Library, in partnership with StarVistas Health Ambassador Program for Youth, will be hosting a Photovoice Story Circle, where youth, from different parts of San Mateo County, will be sharing their personal stories through their Photovoice Projects. There will be opportunity for Q&A after story sharing.
Language: English
Contact: Brenda Nuñez |

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