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September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Napa County Suicide Prevention Council, formed in 2017, encourages all members of our community to join us in striving for zero suicides in Napa County, because Suicide Impacts Us All. Though it has been the 10th leading cause of death in our country, suicide is preventable. Each of us has the power to make a difference and renew hope in our fellow community members. Working together with local schools, non-profit social service agencies, health care organizations, faith-based organizations and individuals affected by suicide loss, the Napa County Suicide Prevention Council is working to develop a comprehensive safety net to support those who are struggling in our community.
Over the past year, Napa County Suicide Prevention Council supported the certification of 21 trainers in the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) model of suicide prevention. Our newly certified trainers subsequently trained nearly 300 community members throughout Napa County to intervene if they suspect someone they encounter is at risk for suicide. QPR is a simple tool that anyone can use with just a 90-minute training, and trainings may be tailored to the specific needs of groups and organizations.
Napa County Suicide Prevention Council members have also trained hundreds of people in the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, a universal screening tool meant to assess a person’s risk of suicide. Our goal is to have universal screening throughout the county, wherever there may be people at risk. Training takes 30 minutes or less.
Help is available!
If you are in pain, or if you know someone who may be at risk for suicide, Napa County has numerous resources.
Napa County’s Suicide Prevention Council meets on the second Thursday of each month from 4-5:30pm at Napa County’s South Campus Conference Center: 2751 A Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa. For additional information contact 707.253.4730 or check out our website.