Suicidal thinking among young people is more common than we think. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that 14% of youth between 9th and 12th grade have thoughts about suicide; 11% have made a specific plan for suicide.
When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved. In Kern County, there are services available for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes in youth. However, many youth who are thinking about or who have attempted suicide often do not see a mental health professional. Tragically, there have been 17 suicide deaths of Kern County youth since 2008.
September 8 – 14, 2014 is National Suicide Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “One Community United. Suicide Prevention for All.”
The Kern County Department of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory and Resource Council (S.P.A.R.C.) is supporting the campaign to educate the community on suicide awareness and prevention through education, events, and training with the following events to public:
- September 10th and 11th: ASIST Training* 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m.
- September 12th: Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) Training* 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m.
- September 13th: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. at Beach Park in Bakersfield.
- September 24th: Cal State Bakersfield-Suicide Awareness Event 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. on the CSUB campus (See Flyer)
Mental Health Screenings, Graffiti Wall Meditation, Coping Skills, TED Talks, New State of Mind Movie, Laughter Yoga, Stress and Relaxation, QPR
- September 27th: Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) Training*
- September 28th: Arvin Seventh Day Adventist Church-2014 Annual Health Fair 8:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
S.P.A.R.C. Information Suicide Prevention Awareness (English/Spanish)
The Kern Cares Facebook will provide parents and community members throughout the month with resources to know the warning signs for suicide and how to have a direct conversation with someone who may be in crisis.
While September is National Suicide Prevention Month, every day should be about preventing suicide among youth. 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. Please take some time to look through the ideas listed in How to Get Involved with Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness to learn what to do now, so you’re ready to be there for a loved one or a youth when it matters most.
- September 10, 2014 Kern Cares QPR Training Presentations from Kern Department of Mental Health: Teen Depression & Suicide and the Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) Training for Schools
- September 10, 2013 Kern Cares Training on Teen Depression & Suicide Prevention: Teen Depression & Suicide PPT & School Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training PPT
- Learn about theKnow the Signs campaign
- September 6, 2012 Training Power Point “Difficult Discussion: Talking With Youth About Suicide” from guest presenter Theresa Marinas, Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Services.
- Learn how to respond and discuss suicide with a teenager. Please download and view a PowerPoint presentation from 2011 Kern Cares training titled “Teenage Depression and Suicide.”
- Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Depression
- When You Fear Someone May Take Their Life
- Teen Suicide
- The Trevor Project
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- For the Media: Reporting on Suicide
- Depression in Children and Teens
- Sadness vs. Depression in Youth
- Teen Depression-A Guide For Parents and Teachers
- Kern County Department of Mental Health
- Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic
- NAMI Kern County
- RECONOZCA LAS SEÑALES
- Depresión en niños y en adolescentes
Find more resources…
“Suicide is NEVER the answer, getting help is the answer.“
If someone needs to talk about suicidal feelings encourage them to call the Kern County mental health crisis hotline 1-800-991-5272 & national suicide prevention hotline 1-800-784-2433 (SUICIDE).
Learn More About Local Efforts To Build Strong Families & Protect Children
- Kern Cares Make A Difference Gallery
- Kern Cares Articles
- 2014 Kern County Report Card
- Kern Cares 2014/2015 Calendar
- Parenting Resources
- 2014 Kern County Service Provider Resource Guide
- Family Resource Center Service Matrix 2014