Suicide Prevention Action Plan
Initial Development and Implementation

Suicide Prevention Action Plan Committee (SPAPC)

Working Together to End Suicide

The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council (SPC) is a collaborative community-wide effort focused on realizing a vision of zero suicides in San Diego County. Our mission is to prevent suicide and its devastating consequences in San Diego County.

On April 1, 2010, the County of San Diego awarded CHIP a contract to form an interagency Suicide Prevention Council (SPC) to create and introduce a Mental Health Services Suicide Prevention Action Plan for San Diego County.  With continued support from the County of San Diego, the SPC provides oversight, guidance, and collective support to implement the recommendations of the Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

This website will provide you with ongoing information about:

On behalf of the SPC, we invite you to join us in our efforts to reduce suicide in San Diego County.

The Suicide Prevention Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 10:00 - 11:30 am. For location email Elizabeth Vaughan at

Committee Leadership:

  • Beth Sise, Director, Prevention, Research and Physician Education, Scripps Mercy Hospital Trauma Service, Co-Chair
  • Carol Skiljan, Executive Director, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, Co-Chair

CHIP Staff Contact:

Should you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Vaughan at 858.609.7971.

If you need help and resources for suicide now contact the San Diego Access and Crisis Line                       1-888-724-7240

Free suicide prevention/intervention hotline in San Diego County. Trained professionals provide mental health crisis intervention, as well as information and referrals to mental health services. Can't call? They offer CHAT services Monday through Friday from 4PM to 10PM. Click on the LIVE CHAT to access help.

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News and Current Events

  • SPC Press Conference! Friday, September 5, 2014 from 11:30am-12:30pm at County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway (Room 302), San Diego, CA 92101. The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council Releases its first ever "Report to the Community," along with debut of outreach video encouraging San Diegans to be a part of the solution
  • Suicide Prevention Council Meeting for 2014 on September 23, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am. For location and to RSVP please contact Elizabeth Vaughan at
  • Needs Assessment and Evaluation Subcommittee meeting is set for October 7, 2014 from 11:00-12:30pm (joint meeting with Media subcommittee) for details and to RSVP email or call 858-609-7971
  • School Collaborative Subcommittee is set for September 16, 2014 from 1-2:30pm this meeting is closed. For details, email or call 858-609-7971
  • Higher Education Subcommittee meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2014 from 9-10:30am closed conference call, contact Elizabeth Vaughan for more information or call 858-609-7971
  • Faith Outreach Organizing meeting is set for September 17, 2014 from from 11:00am-1:00pm for location and to RSVP email or call 858-609-7971
  • Media Subcommittee meeting is set for October 7, 2014 from 11:00-12:30pm (joint meeting with Assessment and Evaluation subcommittee) for details and to RSVP email or call 858-609-7971
  • Help Line Collaborative meeting is set for October 9, 2014 from 2:00pm-3:30pm. For location and to RSVP please contact Elizabeth Vaughan if interested in joining
  • TRAIN! Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Trainings for Suicide Prevention are now available! QPR is like CPR - an emergency mental health intervention. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.  Click here for more information, or to schedule a FREE training.

San Diego Access & Crisis Line (888) 724-7240

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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  • A County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services Project funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)