This activity guide is intended to help organizations across California with planning and implementation of Suicide Prevention Week activities. These resources and activities can also be used throughout the year.
Every day in California friends, family and co-workers struggle with emotional pain. And, for some, it’s too difficult to talk about the pain, thoughts of suicide and the need for help. Though the warning signs can be subtle, they are there. By recognizing these signs, knowing how to start a conversation and where to turn for help, you have the power to make a difference – the power to save a life.
This Tip Sheet for Families: Youth Suicide & Mental Health Concerns During COVID-19 provides parents and other caregivers with research-based practices for recognizing mental health distress and suicidal ideation among children. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24, and children and teens are being uniquely challenged by the pandemic and corresponding stay-at-home orders. The practices outlined by this tip sheet guide caregivers through vital conversations, outlining strategies for asking your child about their wellbeing, developing a safety plan, and a range of proactive approaches caregivers can take to support their child’s wellness during the pandemic. Additionally, this tip sheet overviews local suicide prevention and other mental health services, as well as strategies for how to talk about these services with your child.
Database of mental health resources such as crisis response, support groups and counseling.
California’s Know the Signs suicide prevention campaign has created a variety of educational materials in multiple languages. Here, find printable and purchasable Know the Signs posters and brochures for the Khmer community.