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Policy, data, and evaluation

The first ever county-wide Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention was approved by the Santa Clara County (SCC) Board of Supervisors in August 2010. Policy and Governance Advocacy is one of the five strategies recommended in the Plan. The primary objective of this strategy is to:

Increase public awareness of suicide as a public health problem; and
Promote policies and programs that prevent suicide at local, state, and federal level, and within different organizations; and
Advocate for changes in in legislation and policy; and
Advocate prevention funding.​

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Suicide Data Report in Santa Clara County

Suicide is an important public health concern impacting people from all strata of life and results in long-lasting negative effects on individuals, families, and communities. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S and Santa Clara County. On top of thousands of people dying due to suicide each year nationwide, many more consider attempting suicide and/or receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries.