San Luis Obispo, CA – The Suicide Prevention Council of San Luis Obispo County along with Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) and the San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Department is pleased to invite the public to a Suicide Prevention Forum on Wednesday, October 12 from 4 pm – 6 pm at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church: 1515 Fredericks Street (off Grand Avenue near Cal Poly).

The forum will feature The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.

Titled – Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower: How to Support LGBTQ Youth – this Ally Training provides a basic framework of understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and the unique challenges they often face. The presentation will provide an overview of suicide among LGBTQ youth and the different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide and offers specific action items to improve the environment for LGBTQ youth.

This 11th Annual Suicide Prevention Forum is funded through the Growing Together Initiative a fund of the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. This fund distributes grants to address issues and service needs of the county’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The free forum will feature local stories of hope and survival and a local resources and mental health services fair. Attendees seeking services for themselves or someone else are welcome to visit with representatives from local agencies and county departments.

ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Mission Statement: To prevent suicide and respond to the impact of suicide in a culturally sensitive way through community collaboration between agencies, organizations and citizens by means of public education, training, advocacy and the sharing of resources. Goals:

  • To advocate for a stronger support system for those struggling with suicide and its impact.
  • To correct misconceptions regarding mental illness and suicide through community collaboration.
  • To work together to create lasting change and support for those struggling with suicide and its impact.
  • To create a community that supports and embraces those who struggle with suicide.
  • To create an environment of HOPE.

ABOUT TMHA

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. We operate over 35 programs at locations throughout San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of our innovative services is to teach vital independent living skills and help build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. Since 1980, TMHA has been dedicated to providing work, housing, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness while offering support, resources and education for their loved ones. For more information, visit www.T-MHA.org.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
The Community Foundation has supported our county with grants totaling more than $28 million. The Foundation’s assets under management have grown to more than $50 million, and provide support to all aspects of our community in perpetuity. Growing Together Endowment Fund distributes grants to address issues and service needs of the county’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. For more information or to donate to any fund, visit http://www.cfsloco.org/ or call (805) 543-2323.