SLO County releases suicide prevention plan for public comment
–The County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Department, in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Council, has made its draft Suicide Prevention Plan available for public review and comment until Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States (CDC, 2020) and the 8th leading cause of death in San Luis Obispo County (CDPH, 2019).
The plan is the result of years of collaboration among community members, government agencies, and private and public organizations. In response to the state’s “Striving for Zero: California’s Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention 2020,” the county and its partners built the local plan based on available data, stakeholder input, and community outreach. The plan provides a framework of strategic aims, goals, and objectives that will work to guide prevention, intervention, and postvention support for those affected by suicide.
The plan’s release comes at a critical time for promoting mental health and wellness. “Our community is resilient, but mental health challenges are real, and our social well-being has experienced challenges this past year,” says Alysia Hendry, County Behavioral Health’s Suicide Prevention Coordinator. “The plan supports existing efforts in building a tighter safety net for all community members.”
Highlights from the plan include:
- The history of the Suicide Prevention Council and its current efforts.
- Results from the SLO County Suicide Prevention Community Survey.
- Suicide data for SLO County (and context).
- Recommendations and opportunities for community members to get involved in suicide prevention.
- Comments on the draft Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan may be submitted online through Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The County’s
- Behavioral Health Advisory Board will convene a public hearing to receive additional feedback as part of their monthly meeting on April 21, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).