The Striving for Zero Suicide Prevention Strategic Planning Learning Collaborative aims to advance local strategic planning and implementation in alignment with strategic aims, goals, and objectives set forth in California’s Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention, Striving for Zero. The Learning Collaborative launched in February 2021 and builds on a previous Learning Collaborative offered by the California Mental Health Services Authority technical assistance team. Implemented by the Your Social Marketer technical assistance team, the Learning Collaborative is guided by the Strategic Planning Approach from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
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Help and Information
If you or someone you know is experiencing an emotional or behavioral health crisis, you are not alone. Please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To talk to someone in English, call: 1.800.273.8255 (TALK)
To talk to someone in Spanish, call: 1.888.628.9454
Guiding Documents and Reports
Guiding Documents and Reports
The following documents and reports apply what we know works in suicide prevention to practical strategies and approaches that can be employed in local communities.
- Transforming Communities: Key elements for the implementation of comprehensive community-based suicide prevention published by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
- Preventing Suicide: A technical package of policy, programs, and practices published by the CDC
- Connecting the Dots: An overview of the links among multiple forms of violence published by the CDC
- National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: A Surgeon General’s call to action
Learning Collaborative Modules and Hand-Outs
Framework for Suicide Prevention Strategic Planning and Collaborative Meetings
Striving for Zero Learning Collaborative Kick-Off Meeting (May 25, 2021)
The kick-off meeting discussed how the statewide plan can be used to inform local strategic planning efforts, and reviewed the framework for a comprehensive plan for suicide prevention that will guide the work. In addition, several counties who completed a strategic plan for suicide prevention provided a brief review of the process they used to develop their plans including community engagement, writing, challenges, and accomplishments.
Striving for Zero Collaborative Meeting #2 (September 22, 2021)
In this meeting, the Collaborative learned from different county teams about how they developed their strategic plan and how they engaged stakeholders in a meaningful way. In addition, the meeting included information about resource mapping as a way to engage stakeholders and tips for developing a strategic planning timeline.
Describing the Problem of Suicide Modules (June and July 2021)
Striving for Zero Learning Collaborative Online Module #1: Describing the Problem of Suicide Prevention Part 1 – Suicide Deaths and Suicide Attempt Data
Online Module #1 focused on a review of various databases and tools available to describe the problem of suicide in local communities, including suicide deaths and attempts. This module included an overview of several new tools and dashboards available through the MHSOAC, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Violent Death Reporting System. Throughout the module, tips were provided for data storytelling, as well as how to apply safe and effective messaging principles when communicating about suicide.
Striving for Zero Learning Collaborative Online Module #2: Describing the Problem of Suicide Prevention Part 2 – Suicide Ideation, Help-Seeking, Protective and Risk Factors
Online Module #2 included a review of various databases and tools available to describe the problem of suicide related to suicide ideation, help-seeking, and risk and protective factors. This module included an overview of fatality death review teams and tips and tools to facilitate data integration across multiple systems and partners. In addition, a step-by-step process to facilitate a suicide prevention strategic planning resource mapping process was reviewed.
Requesting Suicide Data from a County Epidemiologist. This handout outlines considerations and suggestions for drafting requests for suicide-related data from the county epidemiologist or other staff at the county health department. It was adapted from the Suicide Prevention Center’s Making a Data Request.
- Download document here (Updated July 2021).
Describing the Problem of Suicide: A Guide to Accessing Suicide Data. This document provides a description of available suicide data sources, their limitations and their caveats, and links to useful resources, websites, and reports. This guide is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list of data sources available; rather, the resources listed here serve as a starting point for collecting and analyzing suicide data.
- Download document here (Updated October 2021).
Coordinated Community Engagement (Rural Counties)
Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities: An Overview of the Coordinated Community Engagement Model
This webinar provided an overview of the Coordinated Community Engagement Model and outlined an opportunity for California counties to participate in a rural county learning collaborative to apply the model. This cohort assists rural counties in exploring and applying the Coordinated Community Engagement model to advance local suicide prevention efforts from March 2021 through June 2023.
- View slides here.
- Download Creating Suicide Prevention Community Coalitions: A Practical Guide here.
This effort builds on a Learning Collaborative and ongoing suicide prevention technical assistance offered by the California Mental Health Services Authority. Past modules included (1) Selecting Interventions, (2) Means Safety, (3) Population-Level Strategies, (4) Reaching High-Risk Populations, (5) Postvention, (6) Building and Maintaining a Coalition, (7) Logic Models and Evaluation, and 8) Messaging. These modules can be accessed here.
Suicide Prevention Strategic Plans in California
Below are Strategic Plans for Suicide Prevention in California counties of which we are aware as of September 2021. Contact us to include your county or task force’s final suicide prevention plan.
- Amador County (not available for public download)
- Fresno County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan
- Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Network Strategic Plan
- Marin County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan
- Orange County Community Suicide Prevention Initiative
- Riverside County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan
- San Diego County Suicide Prevention Action Plan
- San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2021-2026
- Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan
- Santa Cruz County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan
- Solano County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan