County supervisors adopt suicide prevention plan
on September 15, 2013
The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors has taken steps to curb what it considers an unacceptably high rate of suicides.
More county residents die by suicide than homicide, according to recent statistics, from a special county committee. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan.
It was the work of the county’s Suicide Prevention Committee, made up of more than a dozen agencies and groups, including representatives from the RYSE Youth Center, Contra Costa Behavioral Health, Contra Costa Crisis Center and Kaiser Permanente and took two years to complete.
“We are focused on the gatekeepers,” said Rhonda James, executive director of the Contra Costa Crisis Center and co-chair of the committee.
“With domestic violence we did a good job of training primary care physicians to look for signs and ask the right questions. We want the same with suicide prevention.”
The plan includes increasing collaboration between county systems and community service providers.
“The board adopting this strategy means we can facilitate bringing all of the services together,” District 1 Supervisor John Gioia said. “The more cooperation, the more effective outcomes we can achieve.”
Gioia says that this prevention strategy is just as important to Richmond residents as it is to residents in other parts of the county.
Statistics from the Suicide Prevention Committee list Richmond as second in the county for number of deaths by suicide. Concord is first. The research also found that suicide accounts for one third of youth deaths. It also found that 34 percent of suicides in the county involve a gun, and males are almost three times more likely to die by suicide than females.
“The next steps aren’t going to roll out immediately,” Gioia said, “but residents will see increased outreach and more attention paid to those who might be at risk.”
Richmond Confidential welcomes comments from our readers, but we ask users to keep all discussion civil and on-topic. Comments post automatically without review from our staff, but we reserve the right to delete material that is libelous, a personal attack, or spam. We request that commenters consistently use the same login name. Comments from the same user posted under multiple aliases may be deleted. Richmond Confidential assumes no liability for comments posted to the site and no endorsement is implied; commenters are solely responsible for their own content.
Richmond Confidential is an online news service produced by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for, and about, the people of Richmond, California. Our goal is to produce professional and engaging journalism that is useful for the citizens of the city.
Please send news tips to email@example.com.
Fantastic items from you, man. I have take note your
stuff previous to and you’re just extremely wonderful.
I really like what you’ve obtained here, certainly like what you’re stating and the
best way through which you say it. You are making it enjoyable and you continue to care for to keep it smart.
I can not wait to learn far more from you. This is actually a wonderful website.