During National Suicide Prevention week, September 10-16, 2017, you can learn to help those struggling with emotional pain or suicidal thoughts by taking five minutes to get involved and become informed; becoming part of a worldwide movement to save lives.  CDCR is committed to provide support, intervention, and resources for all employees.

Learn how you can help someone who may be at risk for suicide with (see KnowTheSigns ) a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages:

  • Know the Signs – learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Find the Words – learn how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis
  • Reach Out – learn where to find professional help and resources

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

PSP assists employees in need of services.  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.

As a supplement, 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 Manager.

For additional pocket guides, contact your local Peer Support Team.

Learn how you can help someone who may be at risk for suicide with by visiting www.suicideispreventable.org (Please note: due to restrictions, you may not be able to access this from a CDCR computer.)