Category Archives: Suicide Prevention

Job Opportunity: Volunteer Coordinator at Star Vista Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Center

StarVista CISPC has been the only 24-hour suicide and crisis hotline in San Mateo County. This telephone-accessed service is staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year through a combination of paid staff and over 50 trained volunteers. The Center is both a critical first point of contact for people in need of referrals to social services and a last resort for people on the brink of suicide to reach out for help.

The volunteer coordinator will be responsible for maintaining the crisis line and its volunteer program, as well as assisting with the development of the new crisis text services to youth that will begin in August 2020.

Job Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Hours: Full-time, 40 Hour/week
Program/Department: Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center
Salary/Status: DOE, Exempt 40 hours a week.
Availability: **Position to start August 1. Ideal candidate can participate in training sessions Tues/Thurs (6-9pm) in July.**

To Apply:
Please e-mail resume and cover letter of why you are interested in this position to zena.andreani@star-vista.org

For more information, please click here.

Call for Digital Art by Suicide Survivors | Due Sunday, August 23, 2020

SP Roadmap Art

To Suicide Loss and Attempt Survivors,

The Suicide Prevention Committee invites you to submit a digital form of your art piece that may be included in San Mateo County’s Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025. We hope this form of expression is healing and empowering for you and our community that is dedicated to preventing suicide.

More details below about this Call for Digital Art’s submission guidelines, eligibility and art guidelines. 

 Whether you decide to participate or not, we honor your loss, your grief and your story.

 Wishing you well,
Suicide Prevention Committee

 If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support:

  • Call (650) 579-0350 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Text “BAY” to 741-741

CALL FOR ART DETAILS

Please submit survey and art work at surveymonkey.com/r/SPRoadmapArt2025 by Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Eligibility: Those submitting art work are required to:

  • Have lived experience as a suicide loss or attempt survivor
  • Live or work in San Mateo County
  • Sign a media release that allows San Mateo County to publish images and descriptions of submitted art work

Art Guidelines

  • Paintings, photos, poems and quotes are welcome
  • Some forms of art (e.g. paintings, photos) may need to be submitted in the form of an image
  • If any images are submitted, images with high resolution and proper lighting are preferred
  • Art work should be appropriate for audience of all ages
  • Art work is encouraged to focus on messages of hope, resiliency & recovery
  • Selected art work will receive $30 gift card and be included in the Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025

For more background and details, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

  1. I am looking for more immediate help for someone considering suicide or at-risk of suicide. What should I do?If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support:

    1-800-273-TALK (8255) – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    650-579-0350 – Star Vista’s Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County)
    ​Text “Bay” to 741741 – National Crisis Hotline

    For physical/mental health emergencies that need an immediate response, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room>

    When calling 911 for mental health emergencies, refer to the guidelines for calling police to find out how to prepare and what to expect at smchealth.org/mh911. One main tip is to request for a Crisis Intervention Trained Officer (CIT).

    Local psychiatric emergency services including the following facilities:

    San Mateo Medical Center | 650-573-2662
    222 West 39th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

    Mills-Peninsula Medical Center | 650-696-5915
    1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

    For additional resources, including population-specific or non-crisis resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.

  2. If I submit an art piece, will it be guaranteed that my art piece will be included in the San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025?We do not guarantee that all submitted art pieces will be selected to receive a $30 gift card included in the San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025. Some art pieces may be selected for other forms of publication or uses.
  3. Where can I find more suicide prevention resources? For more suicide prevention resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention. The website includes the following information:
    • What to do in a crisis
    • How to support someone
    • Suicide Prevention Month
    • Suicide Prevention Committee
    • Additional Resources – by region, subgroups and topics
  1. How can I get involved with suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County? 

    You can join our Suicide Prevention Committee which provides oversight and direction to suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County. The coalition is open to the public and we welcome a diversity of stakeholders. The committee currently meets virtually the 1st Tuesday of the month 1:30.To stay connected or to get involved, please reach out to SPC Co-Chairs:

    Sylvia Tang, Community Health Planner
    Office of Diversity and Equity, San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Servces
    stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165

    Zena Andreani, Program Manager
    Star Vista Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Cetner
    zena.andreani@star-vista.org | 650.579.0359 x 25

  2. How can I submit input for the Suicide Prevention Roadmap?Please visit bit.ly/SPRoadmap2025 for more information. Input is due Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Call for Public Input on County Suicide Prevention Roadmap | Due August 23, 2020

SP Roadmap Public Input 2025

You may send input (and questions) for the Draft Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025 by Sunday, August 23 in one or more of the following ways:

For more background and details, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below.

 If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support:
          Call (650) 579-0350 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
          Text “BAY” to 741-741

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. I am looking for more immediate help for someone considering suicide or at-risk of suicide. What should I do?

    If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support:

    1-800-273-TALK (8255) – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    650-579-0350 – Star Vista’s Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County)
    ​Text “Bay” to 741741 – National Crisis Hotline

    For physical/mental health emergencies that need an immediate response, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    When calling 911 for mental health emergencies, refer to the guidelines for calling police to find out how to prepare and what to expect at org/mh911. One main tip is to request for a Crisis Intervention Trained Officer (CIT)

    Local psychiatric emergency services including the following facilities:

    San Mateo Medical Center | 650-573-2662
    222 West 39th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

    Mills-Peninsula Medical Center | 650-696-5915
    1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

    For additional resources, including population-specific or non-crisis resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention

  2. What is a roadmap?

    The San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Roadmap is the county’s strategic plan for suicide prevention. This plan includes strategic aims, goals, objectives, data, resources and more information to help direct and prioritize our suicide prevention efforts for our county.

  3. What are some tips on how to give an effective public input?

    You can check out the How to Give Public Comment quick tips- adapted from CAMHPRO’s Delivering the ABC’s of Advocacy training.

  4. How do I submit public input?Please see above flyer and description for updates and details.
  5. Where can I find more suicide prevention resources?

    For more suicide prevention resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention. The website includes the following information:

    • What to do in a crisis
    • How to support someone – who may be at risk of suicide
    • Suicide Prevention Month
    • Suicide Prevention Committee
    • Additional Resources – by region, subgroups and topics

6. How can I get involved with suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County?

You can join our Suicide Prevention Committee which provides oversight and direction to suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County. The coalition is open to the public and we welcome a diversity of stakeholders. The committee currently meets virtually the 1st Tuesday of the month 1:30.

To stay connected or to get involved, please reach out to SPC Co-Chairs:

Sylvia Tang, Community Health Planner
Office of Diversity and Equity, San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165

Zena Andreani, Program Manager
Star Vista Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Center
zena.andreani@star-vista.org | 650.579.0359 x 25

Free Webinar: Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents

Register for a free webinar, “Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do”

This webinar will provide info for parents on warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their teen, actions to take if their teen is having suicidal thoughts, and resources.

To Register:
English: June 18, 12PM-1PM
Spanish: June 18, 6:30PM-7:30PM

Downloadable Flyers:

San Mateo County Launches 2020-2025 Suicide Prevention Strategic Planning

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and suicide rates have increased in nearly every state (including California) from 1999 to 2016. While San Mateo County’s suicide rate is lower than the national and state average (ranking second to the lowest county rate in California), San Mateo County is committed to continue advancing suicide prevention and saving as many lives possible.


The San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) is a collective of passionate suicide prevention advocates, including behavioral health/social service providers, law enforcement, local crisis hotline (StarVista), transportation agency (Caltrain), suicide attempt survivors and suicide loss survivors. Founded in 2010, the SPC is dedicates to its mission of providing oversight and guidance for suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County.

From about October 2019 through August 2019, SPC will conduct the 2020-2025 San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Strategic Planning process. San Mateo County’s suicide prevention strategic plan will build off of the 2017-2020 San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Roadmap, California Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan (draft in progress) and National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. This strategic plan will also be shaped by public health and health equity frameworks which aim to advance health of people, communities, environments and society. For more details on the strategic planning steps and timeline, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.


You can Get Involved by taking one or more of the following steps:

  1. Join SMC Suicide Prevention Committee. You can just join our mailing list to stay in the know or attend our monthly meetings which usually are on the 1st Tuesday of the Month 1:30-3pm at the Department of Housing – Jupiter Room, 264 Harbor Blvd, Belmont. To join, please reach out to SPC Co-Chair Sylvia Tang at stang@smcgov.org or 650-578-7165.

  2. Share your feedback on the process or strategic plan by reaching out to SPC Co-Chair Sylvia Tang at stang@smcgov.org or 650-578-7165.

This program is coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) at the San Mateo County Health, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and funded by Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63).

California Peer-Run Warm Line Now Offers Free Emotional Support and Referrals

The California Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415)  is officially open to offer all Californians free non-emergency emotional support and referrals via telephone and instant messaging. This launch coincides with World Mental Health Day (this Thursday, October 10) and its theme of suicide prevention this year.

Initially, the warm line call center will be opened most of the day (Mondays to Fridays: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm; Saturdays: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sundays: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm) and, by the end of the year, the call center will ramp up to open 24/7. This new service is funded by a state budget allocation of $10.8 million over three years and championed by Governor @GavinNewsom, State Senator @ScottWiener2 (D-San Francisco) and Assembly Budget Committee Chair @PhilTingSF (D-San Francisco).

“Too many Californians are struggling with mental health and emotional well-being challenges. Peer-to-peer support is a proven way of helping people stay healthy and get the help they need. The California Peer-Run Warm Line is an important resource for so many people, and I’m thrilled we were able to get it funded,” said Wiener.

More details at: https://a19.asmdc.org/press-releases/20191007-california-launches-first-statewide-mental-health-line

Join us on Thursday evening, Sept 19, for a panel presentation of San Mateo County’s first-ever graphic novel on mental health.

The Office of Diversity and Equity Storytelling Series worked with our community to create its first graphic novel on mental health. The graphic novel includes the lived experiences of some of the people with

 whom we work. These clients and peers shared their stories of resilience in a method that can make sense to everyone: comics. This way, more people in our county may benefit from the hope and resilience that transcends the experiences of hardships that inspired these stories.

In the workshop where the graphic novel was created, each artist had the opportunity

 to create a spread (inner panels of two facing pages). Looking at the book, one story illustrates the growth of a storyteller by showing the growth progression of a water lily, which metaphorically grows towards the light from underneath the water. Other stories include recounts of events and the positive impact that these events had on the lives of the storytellers.

While each story differs, they all hold a common theme: recovery is possible, and all of us are resilient. Further, these stories represent all of us because each of us has experienced hardship, and all of us have opportunities to practice resilience and self care.

On the 19th, we will read the graphic novel, host a panel in which the storytellers will answer questions, and discuss the ways that we all relate to the stories shared.

Join us for a healing and positive evening.

To learn more about September Suicide Prevention Month, resources and for a full list of events, visit www.smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please reach out to these 24/7 crisis hotlines: StarVista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County) – 650-579-0350, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and/or Crisis Text Line – Text “Home” to 741741.

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health or substance use services and you have MediCal, Health Plan San Mateo (HPSM), or are uninsured, please contact BHRS ACCESS at (806) 686- 0101 or TDD at (800) 943- 2833. If you have private insurance please reach out to your insurance company and request support. 

#BetheOneSMC #ImHereForYou

Caltrain Proclaims September as Suicide Prevention and Rail Safety Month

As early as 2009, Caltrain has partnered with San Mateo County to prevent suicide in our local community. Caltrain’s suicide prevention work is featured in our 2017-2020 Suicide Prevention Roadmap

For September Suicide Prevention Month and Rail Safety Month, Caltrain and San Mateo County Health – Behavioral Health & Recovery Services is partnering in the following ways: 

  • Accepting September Suicide Prevention and Rail Safety Month Proclamation from Caltrain Board
  • Presenting on suicide prevention work to the Caltrain Citizens Adivisory Committee
  • Providing Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention gatekeeper training to train staff for Caltrain staff

To learn more about Behavioral Health and Recovery Services’ Office of Diversity and Equity September Suicide Prevention Month, resources and for a full list of events, visit www.smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please reach out to these 24/7 crisis hotlines: StarVista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County) – 650-579-0350, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and/or Crisis Text Line – Text “Home” to 741741.

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health or substance use services and you have MediCal, Health Plan San Mateo (HPSM), or are uninsured, please contact BHRS ACCESS at (806) 686- 0101 or TDD at (800) 943- 2833. If you have private insurance please reach out to your insurance company and request support. 

#BetheOneSMC #ImHereForYou

Interfaith Day of Prayer For Faith Hope and Life: Celebrating Life, Hope, and Reasons to Live

In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, San Mateo County’s 4th annual Interfaith Day of Prayer will be hosted on Thursday, September 5th from 12pm to 1pm at 400 County Center Courtyard in Redwood City 

 At the Interfaith Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope and Life, faith and secular leaders will join together to share their faith perspective on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Faith leaders play a key role in supporting mental health and preventing suicide. These leaders are important sources of hope and strength for their congregants, counsel for those in crisis, and provide comfort and support in the aftermath of a suicide attempt or death. It is the faith leader who, at a memorial service or funeral, has a platform to encourage help-seeking by those at risk and remind all to be alert to the risk of suicide in their community.

According to Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders published by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership Steering Committee, “Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, people experiencing mental health concerns often turn first to a faith leader. From a public health perspective, faith community leaders are gatekeepers or “first responders” when individuals and families face mental health or substance use problems.”  

List of presenters for the event include:

  • Rabbi Lisa Delson, Peninsula Temple Sholom
  • Fr. Lawrence Goode, St Francis of Assisi Church (EPA)
  • Scott Gilman, Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) 
  • BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) – Native Indigenous Peoples Initiative and Pacific Islander Initiative
  • Wesley Mukoyama, Volunteer Buddhist Chaplain at Santa Clara County Jail
  • Akshat Sharma, Sanatan Mandir Hindu Temple
  • Rev. Mary Frazier, Bread of Life Evangelistic Outreach
  • Pamela Ward, Lived Experience Academy
  • Helene Zimmerman,  Executive Director of NAMI SMC
  • Ishaq Pathan, Islamic Network Group
  • & more! 

Get involved in the National Weekend of Prayer on September 6th and 7th by joining in a world wide prayer event in your faith gathering place. Learn more here.  

 For more information about this event, visit https://www.smchealth.org/spirituality-initiative or contact BHRS ODE Spirituality Initiative co-chair Melinda Riccosa at (650) 372 – 8573 or MAParker@smcgov.org and Bill Kruse at (510) 506- 3815 or bkruse@churchfortoday.net

To learn more about September Suicide Prevention Month, resources and for a full list of events, visit www.smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please reach out to these 24/7 crisis hotlines: StarVista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County) – 650-579-0350, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and/or Crisis Text Line – Text “Home” to 741741.

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health or substance use services and you have MediCal, Health Plan San Mateo (HPSM), or are uninsured, please contact BHRS ACCESS at (806) 686- 0101 or TDD at (800) 943- 2833. If you have private insurance please reach out to your insurance company and request support. 

#BetheOneSMC #ImHereForYou

Free training offered to help prevent suicide in the restaurant industry

In honor of Anthony Bourdain’s life and for his birthday today, the Giving Kitchen is supporting suicide prevention efforts in the restaurant industry by offering free QPR training to anyone in the restaurant industry.   Tell your favorite waitresses, waiters, baristas, chefs, or restaurant owners to go to www.givingkitchen.com to sign up for the free training.   Read the story on CNN.

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