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Suicide Prevention & Intervention

Currently offered in San Diego South County middle and high schools, HERE NOW is a prevention and early intervention program to help youth recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide in themselves or a friend and how to seek help. Youth may receive assessment and linkage to mental health support if a need is identified.

The curriculum focuses on:

  • Educating youth, their families, and the community on risk factors and warning signs using an evidenced-based curriculum called Signs of Suicide (SOS).
  • Reducing the stigma around seeking help for themselves and for others.
  • Working to support the school culture and environment to help youth thrive.

HERE Now is a five-year program funded through County of San Diego Behavioral Health. 

 

Additional Referrals

  • Connect youth with a school counselor or someone who can refer therapeutic services.
  • Help the youth to build their support system (trusted adults, safe spaces)
  • Utilize the ACCESS AND CRISIS HOTLINE 1-888-724-7240
  • South Bay Community Services 619 -420-3620
  • Call 911 if in imminent danger.

 


Background

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages 11-18
  • 90% of those who die by suicide display warning signs
  • Depression is treatable and suicide is preventable

What does it mean when a child or teen is suicidal?

  • A youth who is feeling suicidal is considering taking or planning to take their own life.
  • In many cases, young people who consider or attempt suicide do not really want to die, rather they want the pain to end and see no other options.
  • A suicide attempt can be a cry for help. It is our responsibility to respond.

What are some signs? 

  • Lack of interest in activities or surroundings
  • Increased irritability, moodiness or aggressiveness.
  • Changes in relationships/friendships
  • Isolation
  • Lower academic performance/grades
  • Statements about not wanting to live anymore
  • Death themes in reading, writing, or internet searches
  • Self Injury

Street Outreach for Homeless Youth

Outreach specialists search the streets of San Diego’s South Region for homeless youth, providing them with survival information, warm clothing, something to eat, and an opportunity to get off the streets. More than 300 youth are seen annually. 

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP)

SBCS provides a curriculum for youth specific community groups, along with discussions for parents and school staff about the topic of reproductive and sexual health at local schools.

Funded through the Office of Adolescent Health, Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program is a school-based sexual and reproductive health education serving all student grades 8th through to 12th in San Diego.

We cover:

  • Healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Birth control and protection options (Including abstinence)
  • Consent and healthy communication with partner(s)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV – methods of preventions and interventions
  • Teen pregnancy

Resources

  • Local Clinics are an amazing resource
    • Teen Clinic – Through San Ysidro Health Center, is a teen-only space
  • Operation Samahan any location, they also have a teen-specific location: Youth2YouthPlanned Parenthood
    • ALL reproductive and sexual health services, including birth control, are available FOR FREE through FamilyPACT.
    • You and your teen can sign up for this service based on income at a local clinic
    • If you do not meet the financial requirements for the program, you teen (if over the age of 12) can apply for themselves and receive this service

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