September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and LACDMH will join numerous mental health organizations and campaigns – including Know The Signs, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 988 Lifeline, Didi Hirsch, and many others – to raise awareness and inspire action for suicide prevention.
The highlight of this month-long effort is the 12th Annual Suicide Prevention Summit hosted by the Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Network. Held from Sept. 14 to 16, this virtual conference will bring together a diverse group of mental health experts, suicide prevention advocates, and those with lived experiences to share latest findings, personal insights, and practical skills that are vital to saving lives, supporting suicide attempt survivors, and helping those who have lost a loved one to suicide. This year’s summit theme is “Healing Pathways for Support and Connection”, and the events will focus on developing relationships, communities, and networks that foster healing and interaction to enhance collective resilience and well-being.
We have also updated the LACDMH website with suicide prevention resources for anyone seeking support for themselves or a loved one. We encourage you to seek help if you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health crisis or are having thoughts of suicide, including calling or texting ‘988’ or through online chat on 988 Lifeline’s website. (You can also learn more about the recently launched 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline on our website.)