More people in the world die from suicide than from war and murder combined.  The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds.

Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 5-11, 2016, and you can make a difference.

By taking five minutes to get involved and become informed, you will be a part of a worldwide movement to save lives.  Learn how you can help someone who may be at risk for suicide by visiting www.suicideispreventable.org.

CDCR’s Peer Support Program (PSP) has a Staff Suicide Prevention/Intervention Program that provides support, intervention, and appropriate resources to staff who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and emotions.

PSP members are compassionate, sensitive, and trained to assist employees in identifying their risk for suicide and directing them to resources to resolve the underlying causes of suicidal thoughts.

Staff Suicide Prevention pocket guides have been distributed to CDCR employees statewide to ensure staff awareness of the program.

“The pocket guides serve as an additional resource for employees and offer critical information and understanding about suicide, prevention, and intervention,” said Rosanna Rodriguez, Statewide Peer Support Program Manager.

For additional pocket guides (see image below), contact your local Peer Support Team.

Suicide Prevention guide