How can I become involved in Suicide Prevention and Awareness efforts in Orange County?
- Become a member of the Orange County Suicide Prevention Task Force!
The Orange County Suicide Prevention Task Force has been in existence since December 2005. The committee is comprised of members from community agencies, County Departments, and regional organizations devoted to suicide prevention.
The Task Force has worked through the years to promote awareness and education through training and through the development of resources such as our Orange County School Guide (this is available as a CD-ROM and is also accessible on-line) and our Friends Help Friends cards.
Several committee members have become trainers in the Question, Persuade, Refer, (QPR), safeTALK, and Mental Health First Aid curriculums. To date, thousands of students and hundreds of community members and professionals have participated in one of these trainings. In addition, we have co-sponsored community forums with school districts to promote awareness and to reduce stigma associated with seeking help for mental illness. Our committee has assisted school districts with developing their own suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention policies as well as assisted with incorporating suicide prevention training into health curriculum for students.
Friends Help Friends
Our Mission is to promote awareness of suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention through education, training, and resource development.
A community that is free of suicide and stigma related to mental illness.