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

Community Helpline

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

Teen Line

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.

Meeting Presentations/Discussions

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

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