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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and in recognition of this, many programs at the OC Health Care Agency facilitate activities, events and a mental health awareness campaign throughout the month of May to raise awareness and share mental health resources and information throughout Orange County. 

To access our calendar of upcoming mental health awareness events facilitated by the Orange County Health Care Agency and our community partners, follow the link below.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and, in recognition of this, the Office of Wellness and Suicide Prevention facilitates ongoing events and campaigns throughout the month to share suicide prevention resources and information throughout Orange County. 

To access our calendar of upcoming community events, facilitated by the Orange County Health Care Agency and our community partners, follow the link below.

LUH Event - Together We Can Inspire Hope

 

LIGHT UP HOPE OC September 5-11, 2023

The OC Healthcare Agency will be “lighting up hope” to recognize suicide prevention month in September by lighting the Orange County Administration North (CAN) Building in teal and purple, the colors for suicide prevention. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among children 10-14 and young adults 25-34. But suicide is preventable and shining a light on this difficult topic and sparking meaningful conversations helps to save lives by raising awareness.

The 2023 Light Up Hope OC program will also include advertising and promotion on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube as well as in language advertising in several Vietnamese and Spanish language publications and media outlets. If you or a loved one are in need of hope, call 9-8-8 immediately for a 24-hour response.

SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT 


Click here to download our Social Media Toolkit for 2023

Light Up Hope OC Ribbon

 

NATIONAL & OC RESOURCES

National Suicide Prevention LifelineThe Trevor ProjectVeterans and Military Crisis Line

If viewing on a phone, click box above to place call.

In case of a mental health emergency, please call 9-8-8. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.

9-8-8 provides toll-free, 24-hour, immediate, over-the-phone suicide prevention services to anyone, who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

9-8-8 is the new three digit contact number for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Crisis Lifeline, which will continue to provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

 

OC FAST FACTS ABOUT SUICIDE

Number of Suicides

15

Suicides in July 2023

Median Age of Decedent

49

Median Age of Decedent

Average Monthly Suicides

20

Average Monthly Suicides for 2023

Suicides by Firearms

59

Suicides by Firearms by July 2023

 

 

Data Dashboard - Suicide Deaths

Click here to view the Data Dashboard.

Suicide Data Dashboard - Desktop Version

 

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS:

  • Korean Crisis Line - (877) 727-4747 | 4:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. daily
  • Teen Line - (800) 852-8336 | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Off-hours covered by the Suicide Prevention Crisis Line
  • Crisis Chat - didihirsch.org/chat
  • Crisis Text for deaf and hard-of hearing: text HEARME to 839863