SPA 8 Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force
The SPA 8 Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force is a cross-sector group of representatives from community organizations and agencies that are determined to make a collective impact on the youth mental health crisis in our community. Drawn from Los Angeles County’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 8, the Task Force meets monthly to share data and best practices, and to devise and collaborate on results-oriented programs and initiatives.
Because of our history in the community, relationships across peer organizations, and focus on youth mental health, the Volunteer Center is lead coordinator for the Task Force. The Task Force is supported by a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, through its Prevention and Early Intervention funding and in collaboration with CalMHSA.
To learn more about the Task Force and youth mental health, please contact us.
Members of the SPA 8 Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force have included representatives from:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for Greater Los Angeles & Central Coast – Key Collaborator
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s Office
Casa Youth Shelter
Centinela Valley Union High School District
Congressman Ted Lieu’s Office
CSUDH Student Health & Psychological Services
CSULB Counseling & Psychological Services/Project OCEAN
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Journey of Faith
Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center
LA County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)
LACDMH Long Beach API Family Mental Health Center
LACDMH Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program
LA County Department of Public Health
League of Women Voters of Torrance Area
Long Beach Memorial
Long Beach Unified School District
Los Angeles Unified School District
Mental Health America of Los Angeles
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) South Bay
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center
Richardson Middle School PTA
Senator Ben Allen’s Office
South Bay Association of School Psychologists
South Bay Children’s Health Center
South Bay Families Connected
South Bay Family Health Care
Supervisor Janice Hahn’s Office
Torrance Council of PTAs
Torrance Memorial – Key Collaborator
Torrance Police Department
Torrance Public Library
Torrance Unified School District
Torrance-South Bay YMCA
The Volunteer Center South Bay/Harbor/Long Beach – Lead Coordinator
The following Purpose, Goals and Outcomes were developed collaboratively by the members of the Task Force:
Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Project 2025 – a nationwide initiative to reduce the annual rate of suicide in the U.S. 20 percent by 2025 – by convening as a group of representatives from organizations serving local youth in Los Angeles County’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 8 to collaborate, share best practices, create cross-sector solutions, and plan joint projects.
1. Determine the major gaps in service (e.g., “upstream,” community-based programs).
Published Letter Outlining Known Service Gaps
2. Document the mental health and suicide prevention resources available for youth, their families and organizations serving youth in SPA 8.
Community guide to Mental Health Resources
Joint Marketing Agreement
3. Build community awareness of the youth mental health crisis and available resources.
Task Force Social Media Messages
4. Provide a forum for members to continuously learn about best practices, the latest research, replicable models and relevant community data.
5. Explore private, public and corporate funding partnerships and help Task Force members become better aware of the opportunities and how to apply.
Minutes & Presentations
6. Brainstorm and recommend innovative, cross-sector solutions.
List of Task Force Recommendations