To enhance mental health and support suicide prevention efforts, and in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Vice Chairman Andrew Do and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett have partnered to create the first ever Orange County Office of Suicide Prevention.
“Orange County has been battling an upward trend in suicides for years,” said Vice Chairman Andrew Do, First District Supervisor. “COVID-19 has only exacerbated the root causes of suicides, like mental illness and substance abuse. The Office of Suicide Prevention will be yet another avenue of support for people in need, alongside our new regional Wellness Hubs where residents can access mental health services regardless of insurance.”
The Office of Suicide Prevention will collaborate with Mind OC to bolster the Community Suicide Prevention Initiative (CSPI), which was approved by the Board in March of 2019, and will be responsible for integrating new and existing services and support throughout the entire County.
“With the onset of COVID-19, this year has been extremely stressful and emotional for many people, especially those already struggling with mental health issues,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “Now, more than ever, people who are having a hard time coping and may be contemplating suicide, need that additional support to get them through this difficult time,” she continued. The Office of Suicide Prevention, together with the new BeWellOC campus opening later this year, will provide critical components to the holistic system of care for mental and behavioral health,” she said.
The item will come before the Board on Tuesday, October 6, for review and consideration.