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|Suicide Prevention|Welcome to Solano County Behavioral Health's (SCBH) Suicide Prevention page. The purpose of this site is to outline for the community the specific strategies SCBH and the Solano County Suicide Prevention Committee is implementing to combat stigma and reduce suicide deaths in Solano County including information regarding: the Suicide Prevention Committee; Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan and Plan Updates; news and highlights of current efforts and/or trainings being implemented; status of current Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) prevention and early intervention efforts; and resources available to get connected to services as well as crisis services.
Solano County Behavioral Health, in partnership with the Solano County Suicide Prevention Committee, has launched a community program planning process to update the Solano County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan. The Plan was developed in 2017 and approved by the Solano County Board of Supervisors in the same year. There will be three virtual community forums held in May 2021, all open to the public. For more information about the upcoming community forums, including how to register, please click on the flyer below:
Suicide Prevention Committee
Committee Mission Statement:
To inspire, equip, and mobilize all people in Solano County; to work towards a stigma and suicide free community.
It is our hope that working alongside consumers, peers, county and contractor staff, community members and partners we will achieve our goals of producing equitable outcomes for all the populations we serve.
Meetings are held monthly with multi-sector participation including behavioral health providers, law enforcement, health providers, faith-based partners, education partners, consumers and family members with lived experience, etc. Additionally, sub-committees are held throughout the year to work on special projects. If you are interested in learning more about the Committee, please reach out to Tracy Lacey at [email protected].
Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan
A Countywide Solano County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan was developed in partnership with the community through a comprehensive stakeholder process and presented to the Solano County Board of Supervisors in September of 2017. This Plan is intended to be a guide for the entire County - both public and private sectors - in how to work collaboratively to combat suicide in our community. Solano COunty is one of seven California Counties to have a suicide prevention plan and during the Spring of 2021 the SCBH Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Unit will be engaging in the community in a community program planning (CPP) process to complete an update to the Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan. The CPP process will include virtual community forums which will be held in May and targeted virtual focus groups with representatives from communities who may be at greater risk for suicide.
To read the current plan and become more familiar with the strategies being used to prevent suicide deaths locally, click here.
Hotlines & Resources
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Additional Lines
- Veterans: 1 (800) 273 - TALK (8255) press 1 for veterans
- Spanish Line: 1 (888) 628-9454
- Institute of Aging Friendship Line: 1 (800) 971-0016 (older adults 60 and over)
- Lifeline for Deaf & Hard of Hearing: 1 (800) 799-4889
- Teen Line: (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN, text "Teen" to 839863
Mobile Crisis Teams - Coming Soon
SCBH has contracted with Uplift Family Services to provide Community-Based Mobile Crisis Services for the County which will include the provision of emergency crisis intervention services to Solano County residents - both children and adults - who are acutely suicidal, homicidal, or gravely disabled. Services will include phone crisis screening and triage; in-person crisis evaluation and crisis intervention services; and linkage to an appropriate level of follow-up service including, but not limited to, referring individuals to the crisis stabilization unit (CSU) or a local emergency department (ED).
Uplift will be focused on developing a coordinated system of crisis services in partnership with local law enforcement, the CSU, local EDs, and Solano County Behavioral Health (SCBH).
The Mobile Crisis Program is outlined in the current Solano County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Integrated Three-Year Plan.
More details related to the Uplift Community-Based Mobile Crisis Services will be shared community-wide following a strategic phased implementation plan in partnership with local law enforcement.
In addition to Community-Based Mobile Crisis Services, SCBH has contracted with Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) to provide School-Based Mobile Crisis Services for participating school districts for students attending K-12 schools during school hours. Services will include phone crisis screening and triage; in-person crisis evaluation and crisis intervention services; and linkage to an appropriate level of follow-up service including, but not limited to, referring individuals to the crisis stabilization unit (CSU) or a local emergency department (ED). Additionally, SCOE will provide support for districts to assist students who were hospitalized to return to school.
SCOE will be focused on developing a coordinated system of crisis services in partnership with local education agencies (LEAs), the CSU, local EDs, and SCBH. School sites will be the primary referral source for the SCOE School-Based Mobile Crisis Services.
Free community education & training provided by SCBH staff and CBO partners through MHSA Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) funded contracts. These trainings include:
- safeTALK: 3 hours of training. Max number of participants: 25-30 per session. For individuals 15 years and older. This is an introductory training on "talking about suicide". This will help community members recognize warning signs of suicide and feel comfortable in asking questions surrounding suicide.
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training): 16 hours of training, two 8-hour days. Max number of participants: 20-25 per session. For individuals 16 years and older. This is an in-depth training on suicide and unpacks our stigma towards suicide. This training is geared towards community members, professionals, parents and anyone who would like more training on how to identify suicide warning signs, how to intervene and ensure someone's safety. PAL (Pathway to Assisting Life) is the intervention taught in ASIST and it is geared towards reducing the need to feel that only the police or crisis can help someone who may be having suicidal thoughts.
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - Youth or Adult Version: 8 hours training (can be broken up into two 4-hour days). Max number of participants: 20-25 per session. This is an in-depth look at the four major diagnosis: Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis and Substance Abuse. There is a section of the training focused on crisis intervention. Participants learn how to identify risk and intervene appropriately.
- Suicide prevention trainings tailored for local schools: Solano County Office of Education staff provide suicide prevention training for school personnel, parents/caretakers and students. These trainings are funded by both MHSA PEI as well as the Mental Health Student Services Act (MHSSA) grant.
- Trainings related to the impact of suicide deaths locally and community-wide efforts to combat suicide: Several different members of the SCBH team are available to provide trainings for partners and the community. Presentations can be tailored to the needs of the requesting party; i.e. short and long version of the presentation.
- Trainings provided on the SCBH system of care and how to access services: Several different members of the SCBH team are available to provide trainings for partners and the community. Presentations can be tailored to the needs of the requesting party; i.e. short and long version of the presentation.
National Suicide Prevention Week 2020
Solano County is happy to share the slides used for the virtual Suicide Prevention event held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
El condado de Solano se complace en compartir las diapositivas para el evento virtual de Prevención del Suicidio que se llevó acabo el Miércoles 9 de Septiembre de 2020.
Gun Safety Campaign
In 2017 SCBH, in partnership with the Solano County Sheriff-Coroner's Office and local firearms instructors, developed The 10 Commandments of Gun Safety brochure which includes information on how to approach a friend or family member who owns a firearm and may be experiencing an emotional crisis in order to encourage the individual to store his/her firearm offsite. Additionally, the brochure includes suicide prevention resources: the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, the local Crisis Stabilization Unit address and phone number, and the Solano County Behavioral Health Access Line number. Annually SCBH conducts outreach to local businesses that sell firearms in Solano County to distribute firearm safety brochures.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
SCBH funds an 8-hour CIT Intro Training for all city police departments and the Sheriff's Office. SCBH, in partnership with the Fairfield Police Department, the Sheriff's Office and NAMI Solano is developing a 40-hour week-long CIT training curriculum that will include sessions on stigma reduction, recognizing various mental health conditions, de-escalation techniques, the 3-hour safeTALK training, etc. The 40-hour CIT training will be offered to all local law enforcement departments.
Screening for Suicide
In September of 2020 the Solano County Suicide Prevention Committee circulated a letter to local behavioral health and health care providers in Solano County with recommended language for two suicide screening questions. This project was further supported by a similar letter from the CA Department of Public Health. The letter can be reviewed by clicking here.
News & Highlights
- May is Mental Health Month (MMHM) activities and events. SCBH is putting forth a Resolution through the County Board of Supervisors and is calendared for May 5, 2021. SCBH and many community partners are planning various events to raise awareness related to mental health. A MMHM calendar will be posted once final.
- As a result of a community-defined quality improvement action plan through an MHSA Innovations Project and in partnership with the Education and Faith Collaborative local pastors will be trained in suicide prevention curriculum developed by Living Works.