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Community Education


Crisis Support Services of Alameda County has provided comprehensive suicide prevention and intervention services in our community for over 40 years.  Our Community Education Program aims to foster connectedness between individuals in crisis and those in position of helping.   


To prevent suicide through training and education within the community. We work to dispel the myths and combat the stigma surrounding suicide by talking about it openly. By raising awareness and giving people the knowledge and skills to recognize suicidal behavior and provide safe and effective intervention, we can save lives.


Teens for Life:  School Based Suicide Prevention Program

Our Teens for Life Program aims to provide a “full circle of support” for youth who may be at risk for suicide, by providing education & awareness to youth, teachers, school mental health staff, and parents.

Community Gatekeeper Training: Suicide Assessment & Intervention

The mission of our community gatekeeper trainings is to reduce suicide attempts and suicide completions by training community gatekeepers. Trained gatekeepers are able to identify persons at risk for suicide and respond appropriately according to their role in the community.

Mental Health Consultation

Our Mental Health Consultation trainings are workshops developed upon request that pertain to specific mental health issues, with the goal of improving overall mental health wellness in our community.  These include workshops such as Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Trauma Informed Care, Grief & Loss, and Active Listening Skills.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.



community_ed.gif Whom We Serve

The Community Education Program provides in-service trainings to a large range of audiences including primary and non-primary care providers, service agencies, professional groups, mental health providers and interns, and other community groups throughout Alameda County. We also regularly provide Gatekeeper trainings to teachers, parents, school counselors, school health nurses, coaches, security support staff and administrators.


We ask for an honorarium as a suggested guideline for in-service training fees, however the program operates on a sliding scale basis and no one is turned away for lack of ability to pay. There is no fee for in-service trainings provided at schools.


To learn more about all of our available workshops please contact:

Mercedes Coleman

Program Director

(510) 420 - 2473





http://www.suicidology.org/web/guest/home (General Information)
http://www.sptsnj.org/parents/ (For Parents)
http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/customized/teachers.asp  (For Teachers)

http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/customized/social_worker.asp  (Clinical Social Workers & Counselors)

http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/customized/school_mentalhealth.asp (School mental health providers)

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/documents/suicideprev.pdf (Youth Suicide Prevention Guidelines for California Schools


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