Strengthen Your Role in Suicide Prevention


Welcome to the California Suicide Prevention Network (CSPN) – Southern California Region, serving San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. Through the CSPN, we will bring together stakeholders to identify needs and develop actionable steps to reduce suicide and its devastating consequences. We will host quarterly meetings throughout our region to provide you with the most current suicide prevention information, identify needs, develop best practices, network, and connect you with suicide prevention resources in your communities. We look forward to working together with you to better connect individuals, organizations, and communities with the most up to date information about suicide and suicide prevention resources.

Sixth Regional Task Force Meeting Follow-up

THANK YOU to all who attended the sixth regional task force meeting of the California Suicide Prevention Network for Southern California Counties!  We are pleased that we could share some great information and resources with the attendees that came from San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. For this sixth meeting, we focused on Cultural Awareness for Suicide Prevention, and we got to learn about the most recent data trends related to specific to racial/ ethnic groups. We also had a very knowledgeable keynote speaker in Rosanna Balistreri, Owner and Cultural Linguistic Consultant, REACH- Reaching Diversity who shared valuable information on how our cultural differences can either help or hinder our efforts and how to better identify when that is happening by being more cultural aware . We also heard from Imperial County on the programs they have and the data for their County and how that helps their efforts in suicide prevention. Lastly, we got some updates on the Best Practices Workgroup and the different counties had the opportunity to connect with each other and discuss how the information shared could help their local efforts.


As follow up, I would like for you to consider the following take-a way’s from this meeting:


1.  Keep in mind that our cultural differences are beyond the color of our skin and where we are from it includes many more pieces and the more aware we are the better we can connect with those we are trying to help and vice-versa. Some aspects of culture are also Health Determinants such as language, urban/rural, race/ethnicity, occupation, religion/spirituality, health status, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, ability/disability. Be aware of cross-cultural communication differences such as non-verbal communication (kinesics, eye contact, paralanguage, haptics, proxemics, chronemics) and verbal communication (direct vs. indirect, formality vs. informality, turn taking/pause, animation/emotion). Food for thought, lack of awareness of cross-cultural differences and their effect on communication is at the root of any misunderstandings. To access the presentation click here.


2.  As stakeholders in suicide prevention, we can accomplish more through collaboration with other stakeholders, and coordination of our efforts.  Before our next meeting, think about what you, either as an individual and/or through your organization, can do to help leverage your efforts with others who are also working on suicide prevention efforts in your community. Connect with them and also with other counties that had models you would like to get more information on to help improve your reach. This will help in strengthen your local efforts.


3.  Looking at the most recent data trends for different cultural and ethnic groups some key findings were that most suicide research and prevention efforts have focused historically on youth and the elderly. The findings reported today suggest that efforts should also address the needs of middle-aged persons. The greatest increases in suicide rates were among people aged 50-54 years (48 percent) and 55- to 59 years (49 percent) Among racial/ethnic groups , the greatest increases in suicide rates were among white non-Hispanics (40 percent) and American Indian and Alaska Natives (65 percent). To see the whole presentation click here.


4. Imperial County shared suicide data for 2011, 2012, 2013 and reflected on some of the trends they are seeing. In addition, information was shared on the Imperial County Behavioral Health Services to children, youth and young adults and for adults and older adults. For more information and to see the whole presentation click here.


5. Our Best Practices Workgroup has had meetings in September, October and November and they have their next meeting set-up for January 13, 2013 from 10am-2:30pm were they will be reviewing final details before submitting the It’s Up to Us Media Campaign as the Best Practice that will represent the South Region for the Suicide Prevention Best Practices Registry. For more information or to be an alternate for the workgroup click here.


6.  Upcoming trainings opportunities were shared safeTALK T4T in Imperial County on November 7-8, 2013, ASIST T4T in Ventura County on November 18-22 2013, ASIST T4T in San Diego County on January 13-17, 2014. For more details please contact your county liaison.


7. Ask the Question. We can save a life by asking the question, “Are you thinking about suicide?” and referring to an appropriate mental health professional.  Remember, your local crisis line, or 1-800-273 TALK is a terrific resource if you are helping someone in crisis, or if you yourself need support.


8. Some of the resources offered were; American Association of Suicidology: Hispanic Suicide Fact Sheet. Washington D.C., Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center: The History of Suicide., 2010 Census Interactive  Population Search:, Jack C. Smith, James A. Mercy, Mark L. Rosenberg: Suicide and Homicide among Hispanics in the Southwest. Public Health Reports 101: 265-270 (1986)., Lester, D. PhD. Suicide and Culture. Official Journal of World Association of Cultural Psychiatric, 2008: 51-68, 2008., Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2013). Suicide among racial/ethnic populations in the U.S.:  Hispanic. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.


9. Join the continued effort!  Join the CSPN to receive regular updates about our ongoing activities and events.  Attend and provide input at our quarterly task force meetings, and invite others who should be involved.


10.Also, feel free to provide suggestions for future meeting topics and other agenda items.  These are YOUR task force meetings; we want this ongoing effort to represent what is most needed by the communities we serve.


All meeting materials from this and past meetings can be found here.


We would like to thank you for attending, participating and special thanks to all the presenters of the day. It’s because of all of you that we will be successful in preventing suicide across our Counties. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at, or 858-609-7969.  Thank you ALL for your dedication to suicide prevention!


Yeni and Dana


Yeni L. Palomino| Program Manager| Community Health Improvement Partners | 858.609.7969 |

Suicide Prevention Week

CSPN members– Thank You!! For your continued active participation in our network your continued support helps our meetings be that much more valuable and interesting. Whether you attend meetings, respond to emails, check the website for updates or participate in the Best Practices Workgroup your time is valuable and we appreciate your commitment! The California Suicide Prevention Network for Southern California and your respective counties are lucky to have you! We enjoyed sharing some great information and resources with the attendees that came from San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties to our last meeting in July 2013. We are excited to host our sixth meeting in Imperial County and we are currently planning for the first week of November in Imperial County, more information coming soon!

Suicide Prevention Week!

National Suicide Prevention Week for this year is this week September 8-14, 2013 and to help promote awareness on suicide prevention we hope you will join  your local efforts during this week. The National Council for Suicide Prevention launches Take5ToSaveLives website for World Suicide Prevention Day, for more information click here!

Living Works launches esuicideTALK during World Suicide Prevention Week and video testimonials go live this month during Suicide Prevention Week, for more information click here! Please share any activities your counties are doing so we can share them with the rest of the network.


There are some interesting webinars coming up and we wanted to make sure you knew about them. For more information click on the webinar of interest.

1.     SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Branch to host a two-part webinar series, Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide September 11, 2013 from 10:30am-1:00pm ET and Friday September 27, 2013 from 2:00-3:45p ET, click here!

2.     Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention presents webinar on faith-based approaches to promoting mental health September 12, 2013 from 4:00-5:30pm ET, click here!

3.     Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to co-host webinar—The Role of Faith Leaders in Suicide Prevention September 17, 2013 from 4:00-5:00pm ET, click here!

4.     SPRC and SAMHSA to host webinar A Strategic Approach to Suicide Prevention in High Schools on September 23, 2013 from 3:00-4:00pm ET, click here! 

5.      Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCOE) is hosting a webinar series 2013. Click here!

DCoE cordially invites you to the September 2013 webinar scheduled for Wed., September 18, 2013 from 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT). Below are the event details and instructions for registering:

Event: Evidence-based Treatment and Prevention for Suicide and Related Outcomes

Presenter: Kerry L. Knox, M.S., Ph.D. University of Rochester Medical School, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY Founding Director, Center of  Excellence for   Suicide Prevention, Department   of Veterans Affairs, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Moderator: Col. Rick L. Campise, Ph.D. Deputy Director, National Center for Telehealth and Technology

Description: An abundance of research evidence exists to support early suicide prevention and treatment.  Existing studies identify the risk characteristics of the military population as a topic of considerable scientific and public interest. During this webinar, participants will gain knowledge about current research evidence related to early prevention and treatment, learn differences in treatment for high-risk populations, and recognize the challenges of evidence-based treatment and prevention strategies for suicide and related outcomes.

You are encouraged to join the webinar via Adobe Connect. Please register for the event at .

Continuing education (CE) credit CE credit is available from Saint Louis University. You must register on or before September 15, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of CE credits.

This webinar is approved for the following CE credit:For complete accreditation statements, visit

  • 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.75 CE Contact Hours Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
  • 1.5 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 1.5 Social Work CE Hours
  • 1.5 APA Credits for Psychologists