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About Us 

In September 2020, CDPH's Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) was awarded a Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program cooperative agreement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).  IVPB was one of nine recipients awarded to implement and evaluate a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention, with attention to vulnerable populations. 

A comprehensive approach to suicide prevention is characterized by:

  • Strong leadership that convenes multi-sectoral partnerships
  • Prioritization of data to identify vulnerable populations and to better characterize risk and protective factors impacting suicide
  • Leveraging existing suicide prevention programs
  • Selection of multiple and complementary strategies with the best available evidence to fill gaps
  • Effective communication
  • Rigorous evaluation of the overall approach and individual activities for quality improvement and sustainability​

Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?​​

​Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Both are free and confidential.  You'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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