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Central Coast Voices: Preventing Suicide in SLO County

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 8th leading cause of death in San Luis Obispo County. This past week the County of San Luis Obispo, in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Council, made its draft Suicide Prevention Plan available for public review and comment. The Plan’s release comes at a critical time for promoting mental health and wellness after a year of COVID-19–associated stress. This Plan is the result of years of collaboration among community members, government agencies, and private and public organizations. It provides a framework of strategic aims, goals, and objectives that will work to guide prevention, intervention, and postvention support for those affected by suicide.

Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests from the Suicide Prevention Council, Alysia Hendry, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for County of SLO Behavioral Health and Meghan Boaz Alvarez, licensed marriage and family therapist and Clinical Director for Transitions-Mental Health Association as they discuss highlights from the Plan, as well as how the public can review the Plan and provide their comments.

You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.

Broadcast date: 4/1/2021

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.