Youth Suicide Prevention Task ForceSPA 8 Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force

As a part of our focus on youth mental health, we are proud to coordinate the launch of the SPA 8 Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force - a local effort in support of Project 2025, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's nationwide initiative to reduce the annual rate of suicide in the U.S. 20 percent by 2025.

Building on our long history of bringing people together to address community needs, we designed the Task Force in two parts:

  • The Core - a cross-sector group of representatives from organizations serving youth in L.A. County’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 8 who convene regularly to share knowledge and best practices; identify resources and gaps; and collaborate on specific, local efforts. 
  • The Champions - members of the community who convene multiple times a year to learn how to get involved, take part in local efforts, and further the goals of the Task Force.

We are grateful to representatives from the following organizations for helping us kick-off Mental Health Month on May 1 with the official launch of the Task Force:

  • Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi's Office
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for Los Angeles & Central Coast - Key Collaborator
  • Congressman Ted Lieu's Office
  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Los Angeles Unified School District/Carole Keen Wellness Center at Carson High School
  • Mental Health America of Los Angeles
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) South Bay 
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
  • South Bay Children’s Health Center 
  • Supervisor Janice Hahn's Office
  • Torrance Council of PTAs
  • Torrance Public Library
  • Torrance Unified School District
  • Torrance-South Bay YMCA
  • Torrance Memorial - Key Collaborator
  • Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach - Lead Coordinator

LACDMH/CalMHSA

The May 1 launch of the SPA 8 Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force was supported by a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, through its Prevention and Early Intervention funding and in collaboration with CalMHSA.

We will provide updates on this page as the Task Force continues to meet, collaborate, and develop plans to ensure a broad, collective impact on the youth mental health crisis in our community. Please contact Sara Myers, President/CEO, at sara@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009 with any questions.

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