One Community United. Suicide Prevention for All.

kerncaresSuicidal 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 Walk 8:00a.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)

*For more information on ASIST and QPR training please Contact Norma Garcia @ 868-6623. For more information on scheduled events please visit our S.P.A.R.C. Facebook Pages in 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.


“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

Contact Kern County Network for Children for more information!
Mail: 1300 17th St.
Physical: 1212 18th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone: 661-636-4488
Fax: 661-636-4501