Call for Events | 2019 September Suicide Prevention Month (SPM) in San Mateo County

Hello, colleagues and friends!

September is Suicide Prevention Month (SPM), which includes National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8-14) and World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10). SPM aims to empower everyone in the community to prevent suicide. 

This year, we are partnering with libraries and community agencies in San Mateo County to promote the theme of interpersonal connectedness (positive relationships between individuals). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that studies show that connectedness is overall an important protective factor for suicide and states, "[c]onnectedness between individuals can lead to increased frequency of social contact, lowered levels of social isolation or loneliness, and an increased number of positive relationships."
Each year, the San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity & Equity and Suicide Prevention Committee publishes a Calendar of Events which promotes the SPM events broadly across local providers, partners and community in San Mateo County. For the first time, we will also be offering mini-grants for selected recipients. 

If you would like your event listed on the printed calendar ONLY (NO mini-grant), please continue to the next page to complete this online form by Friday, July 12. 

If you would like your event listed on the printed calendar AND to be considered for a mini-grant, please complete this online form (link included) by Friday, July 12:

Past years’ events have included:
• Cultural and/or issue-specific trainings
• Lived experience speaker panels
• Digital storytelling screenings
• Film screenings
• Photo exhibits
• Community dialogues
• Educational workshops
• Open mic or poetry slam
• Open house

Depending on our available resources and advanced notice, we may provide the following support:
• Speakers with lived mental health and/or substance use experience
• Digital stories for screening
• Photo voices for exhibits
• Event flyer template
• Evaluation template
• Social media toolkit

• Input/ideas on event theme, programming, communication/outreach and logistics
• Broad promotion of the event (printed material, e-mail, social media, website, outreach, etc)

If you have questions or want event ideas, please contact Suicide Prevention Co-Chairs Islam Hassanein ( or Sylvia Tang (

Thank you for all you do to advance suicide prevention in our community, 
Islam & Sylvia

Islam Hassanein |
Sylvia Tang |
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