September 2021

Suicide Prevention Month 2021

BUILDING CONNECTION AND RESILIENCE


WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

A feeling of connectedness is often cited as one of the primary factors in preventing suicide. Crisis Support Services of Alameda County has been dedicated to building life-saving connections through our 24hr Crisis Line, Community Education presentations, and therapeutic services aimed at communities experiencing multiple stressors. By presenting mental health providers and community members with a series of learning sessions focused on various topics connected to suicide prevention, we hope to increase the collective capacity of the broader community to be a resource to those experiencing mental health challenges and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. We thank our community partners who are joining us in this important work - your partnership is deeply appreciated.

Learn more at www.crisissupport.org

OUR LUNCH and LEARNS

Join us (virtually) for a month of special programming designed for community members and the helping professions — BUILDING CONNECTION AND RESILIENCE, honoring National Suicide Prevention Month. Most of the learning sessions are from 12 Noon - 1:00 pm with time for questions and answers. The September 21 panel starts at 6 p.m. You will be provided a Zoom link for each session after registering for the panel.

Friday 9/3/2021: Managing Suicide Risk Using a Collaborative Approach

Join us for a presentation by CSS Clinical Director Andrea Henderson, LCSW and Sausal Creek Outpatient Clinical Director Jessica Wolfinger, LCSW as they explore how a collaborative approach can be used when working with clients with suicide risk. Andrea and Jessica draw on their experiences working across the crisis intervention continuum of care as providers as well as clinical supervisors and approach this work with empathy and an emphasis on the importance of client involvement at every step of the way. This session is designed for anyone, regardless of their role, working with clients experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

Friday 9/10/2021: Providing Emotional Support Through Text Messaging

This presentation provided by Shellin Chuong, CSS Text Line Supervisor, will focus on concrete skills needed to support clients using text messaging. Even with the best of intentions, it can be hard to practice active listening using text messages, and it can be even harder to talk about safety and assess various situations. Shellin brings more than three years of experience on the CSS Text Line to this presentation and will aim to address the benefits and challenges of using text messaging to communicate with clients and explores ways those limitations can be overcome. Though provided from the perspective of a helping professional, this session is appropriate for those working in a helping role, education setting, as well as community members.

Monday 9/13/2021: Panel: Understanding Substance Use and Abuse During the Pandemic

Substance use and abuse have been on the rise as individuals continue to cope with the impact of the pandemic. This panel of providers will explore this dynamic and will discuss how we might know a loved one might be struggling with their substance use, ways to approach help seeking, and will also discuss ways substance use might be addressed differently in various communities. This panel is moderated by CSS Executive Director, Narges Zohoury Dillon, LMFT and is appropriate for anyone interested in this topic.

Friday 9/17/2021: Panel: How Grief Looks Different Right Now

As the pandemic continues, individuals and communities continue to experience immense loss. This panel of providers explores how the experience of grief has been different during this time and how we can care for ourselves and our loved ones. This panel is moderated by CSS Executive Director, Narges Zohoury Dillon, LMFT and is appropriate for anyone interested in this topic.

Tuesday 9/21/2021 at 6 p.m. : Z-Talks Community, A Panel For Youth And Adults

This youth panel, provided by Z-Cares Foundation, will address stigma surrounding mental health challenges. The panel will review some signs that youth might be struggling and will explore ways to respond. This panel is designed for both adult and youth audiences.

Friday 9/24/2021: Panel: Understanding Self Harm

This panel, which includes providers with a range of approaches, will explore self harm behaviors and aims to increase understanding among community members and provide tools to address this behavior in loved ones. Panel will also discuss common misconceptions about self harm. This panel is moderated by CSS Executive Director, Narges Zohoury Dillon, LMFT and is appropriate for anyone interested in this topic.

Monday 9/27/2021: Exploring the Prevalence and Risk of Postpartum Depression and Suicide

In this presentation, CSS Crisis Line Training Coordinator, Daniella Bermudez, LMFT will review risk factors that impact the perinatal and postpartum period, helpful assessment techniques, interventions, and resources. Daniella has a certification in perinatal mental health and is passionate about working with this population. This session is designed for anyone, regardless of their role, working with this population.

Tuesday 9/28/2021: Working with Suicide Attempt Survivors

Max Keller and Ana Hauser, who have been at CSS as clinical practicum interns, will be presenting on facilitating a group for Survivors of Suicide Attempt. They will give an overview of the group and their learnings and the collaborations needed to make this work successful. This session is designed for anyone, regardless of their role, working with this population.

Wednesday 9/29/2021: Panel: Exploring Dynamics of Loss Due to Overdose

This panel of providers will discuss some of the unique aspects of loss due to overdose, including stigma and lack of support services. Additionally, the panel will discuss the intersection of overdose and suicide. This panel is designed for any provider working with populations that might be at risk of dying by overdose.

Event sponsors

A special thank to our Event sponsor: PlanterDay