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Behavioral Health

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business

Suicide can affect anyone at any time and at any age.   Candle

During Suicide Prevention Awareness Week (September 5-11, 2016) the focus is on older adults. The goal is to increase awareness that older adults are at risk for suicide and to help everyone know the signs, know what to do and know where to go for help. 

In California, about 30% of all suicides are committed by people 60 and older.  In fact, 88 people in El Dorado County age 60 and over died by suicide between 2003 and 2013.   

Suicide Prevention Awareness Week is September 5-11.  Activities and info:  

Monday - El Dorado County wants to raise awareness about suicide prevention in the older adult population. Read our press release.  

Tuesday - Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention.  Learn the warning signs for suicide and how to help.  Visit  

Wednesday - Learn more about older adults and suicide. What are the protective factors and risk factors, and how can you offer support? Read this information.  

Thursday - Involve young people! Get inspired and watch at least one film developed for youth by youth at . Let young people know about the Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 support line for those in crisis. Simply Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor -

Friday - Reach out to a Senior!  Research shows that staying connected socially, being physically active and involved in activities like volunteering or hobbies helps protect older adults from suicide. Make plans to reach out to an older adult and set up time to do something enjoyable together. Learn about social and recreational activities offered through El Dorado County Senior Services.    

Saturday - Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and the theme is “Connect, Communicate, Care.” Share information about suicide prevention on social media. Learn about behavioral health services in El Dorado County.

Know a senior who is feeling isolated, alone or depressed?  The National Friendship Line -1-800-971-0016 has trained people who can speak with them. Friendship Line counselors can also provide tips on how to help someone who is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide.