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.
- 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.
- 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
- Lower academic performance/grades
- Statements about not wanting to live anymore
- Death themes in reading, writing, or internet searches
- Self Injury