County Child & Adolescent Suicide Review Team

Every Child Counts

A multi-disciplinary sub-group of the ICAN Child Death Review Team.  The Team reviews child and adolescent suicides, analyzes trends and makes recommendations aimed at the recognition and prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviors.

ICAN Youth Suicide Coroner/Medical Examiner Investigation Procedural Guide

Every child has a story to tell. In a groundbreaking undertaking to fulfill further our understanding of youth suicides, the CASRT received funding from Jeffrey Gutin foundation of Young Adults at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to enable us to improve the quantity and quality of information gathered by coroners and medical examiners when they investigate these cases in the field.

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LAC DMH Partners in Suicide Prevention (PSP) Training Menu



Length of Time



Suicide Prevention Training for Service Providers

2 hours

Providers such as mental health clinics, hospitals, and educational facilities

For all age groups.  Presentation and video addresses general risk factors, risk assessment, prevention (strength-based) and interventions.

Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) 
(Specifically for non-mental health professionals)

2 hours

Community members, including parents, and community-based organizations such as 
schools and clergy

Suicide First Aid for gatekeepers.  Audience will learn how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone to get help.  Also available in Spanish.

Promoting Emotional Well-Being in Senior Living Communities

45 – 60 minutes

Seniors in senior living communities, senior centers and adult day health care centers

Late life depression, warning signs, resources and activities to improve emotional well-being. Also available in Spanish and Farsi.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

2 days

ANYONE 16 years or older

Interactive workshop that helps professionals and the community at large learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.   
13 CEUs for BBS, BRN, 13 CEs for Psychologists.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

8 hours in one day, or two 
4-hour sessions

Community-based organizations including gatekeepers such as police officers, primary care workers, teachers, faith communities, college representatives. 
Must be 18 years and older to participate

Overview of mental illness and substance use disorders including risk factors & warning signs of mental health problems.  Programs specific to helping either Youth ages 12-18 or Adults. Participants learn a 5-step action plan to help someone in both crisis or non-crisis situations.  Also available in Spanish.

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk (RRSR)

2 days

Health and Mental Health Professionals

Advanced interactive training for clinicians. Teaches effective assessment and management for suicide risk.  12 CEUs for BBS, BRN, 12 CEs for Psychologists.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)

1 day

Health and Mental Health Professionals

Interactive training for clinicians.  A mix of lecture, video and exercises with the goal of building confidence and competence in assessing and managing suicide risk.  6.5 CEUs for BBS and Psychologists.

Suicide to Hope          8 hours in one day Clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide. Completion of suicide first aid training in the last 2 years highly desirable.  Highly interactive workshop with a mix of large group and small group discussion and simulations.   Provides tools to help professional caregivers and persons with experiences of suicide work together to develop achievable recovery and growth goals.

To learn more about any of the above trainings or to make a training request, please contact us at

“Every Californian is Part of the Solution”

Characteristics of Our Population

Too many young lives are lost to suicide. According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death for young people (ages 15-19 and 15-24); only accidents and homicides occur more frequently.

Teen suicide remains a serious health problem. Although prevention efforts are underway, understanding suicidal behavior can be complex. However, if people can gain awareness about the youth suicide problem and learn to identify the risk factors, the youth suicide rate can be reduced.

According to a top mental health official, suicides outnumber homicides in the United States, and some 90 percent of people who kill themselves suffer from a diagnosable and preventable problem such as depression.

View CASRT Statistics Statistics

DMH Suicide Prevention Newsletter

SP 2012-13 Newsletter

"After a Suicide: Coping with Grief, Trauma, and Distress" ( is a clearinghouse of key resources for people who need assistance in the aftermath of suicide -- as well as for those who care for them.

The website is a new-and-improved version of one that was put together several years ago by an ad hoc committee that I chaired, which was working under the auspices of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Consumer-Survivor Subcommittee. This version of the site is more comprehensive and current than the previous one (and more so than any other resource I know of); and it is going to be further expanded and improved -- and kept up-to-date.

The site is now fully functional, but only the first collection of topics is covered (see the menu on the homepage and in the navigation menu), and only the first level of information about the listings is publicly accessible (i.e., a hyperlink points directly to each resource). As the "After a Suicide" website evolves,

additional topics will be added; each resource listing will include a brief description like this; and people will be able to comment on resources (each item's description will include a "comments" section).

I am very interested in anyone's assessment or suggestions about the website.


-- Franklin Cook, MA, CPC Personal Grief Coaching Individualized care after a traumatic death