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San Mateo County seeks to share hope to prevent suicide

San Mateo County seeks to share hope to prevent suicide

Through the “Share Hope Together” campaign, San Mateo County seeks to ensure that all residents know and recognize the warning signs to prevent suicide.

The campaign includes a series of events that aim to spark conversations about the importance of mental health, while encouraging people to share personal stories, as well as information about where to turn for support.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to proclaim Tuesday, September 12, as Suicide Prevention Month.

"When I was 16, my 22-year-old brother lost his life to depression and suicide," said supervisor Noelia Corzo, who sponsors the proclamation. ?I hope that by sharing my experience and proclaiming September as Suicide Prevention Month, I remind our community that we are not alone, that help is available, and that learning about suicide prevention can literally save lives.?

Notably, to help raise awareness, they are taking place throughout San Mateo County a series of trainings "Be sensitive, be brave for suicide prevention." This free, two-hour training teaches "community members to act as eyes and ears for suicidal distress and to connect people so they can help." 

“We can all help prevent suicide,” said Jei Africa, director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. 

In that sense, he added that "research shows that recognizing and asking about suicide in a supportive and affectionate way can reduce the risk of suicide." This is why we are focused on efforts to educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, but more importantly, how to connect people with the right resources.

County Health has provided a list of events and trainings additional events that will take place throughout the month.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, authorities invite you to contact these 24/7 CRISIS hotlines:

Call 650-579-0350 or 988; text “Bay” to 741-741 or 988; Visit SanMateoCrisis.org, 988 is now the three-digit dialing code that directs callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. In an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

You may be interested in: Community Preparedness Month returns to Santa Clara County

Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.

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