County of Marin Health and Human Services

Suicide Prevention

Marin County Suicide Prevention Action Plan

The Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services’ “Suicide Prevention Community Survey” is now closed. We are grateful to the large number of community members who participated--Resource Development Associates (RDA) is currently analyzing the results. In addition, RDA conducted over 15 key informant interviews and held 9 focus groups (5 youth-focused and 4 adult-focused).


Location: Marin Health and Wellness Campus, 3240 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael

Date: May 2nd, 2019

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Light Refreshments Provided

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We are working closely with the Marin County Department of Public Health and the Marin County Office of Education to better understand how suicide impacts our county and what we can do to enhance suicide prevention efforts. Through surveys, focus groups, interviews, and a community meeting scheduled for this spring, we are engaging community members in the planning process. If you have questions or want to learn more about the different ways to participate, please contact Chandrika Zager (

Thank you for sharing your voice and helping us to better serve the residents of Marin County!

Please check back for more updates and opportunities to engage in the Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan. This effort is being lead by the County of Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services division in partnership with the Departments of Public Health and Education. This suicide prevention community action planning effort is funded through Mental Health Services Act (MHSA/Prop 63) Prevention and Early Intervention funding. 

This September the Marin County Board of Supervisors proclaimed September 2018 as Suicide Prevention Month. To read the whole proclamation, click here: suicide_prevention_month_2018_proclamation.pdf

Marin County Board of Supervisors Resolution proclaiming Suicide Prevention Month.

Recent Activities:

In support of Suicide Prevention Month in September 2018, Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), with funding from the Mental Health Services Act, hosted several events and activities in partnership with school districts and Community-Based Organizations. Here are a few of the activities that took place:

  • Talk Saves Lives presentation in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Mental Health First Aid Training for teachers and administrators in Novato Unified School District
  • Request for Proposal for Suicide Prevention Strategic Planning Consultant was awarded to Resource Development Associate

AB 2246 Training:  Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention workshop for school districts:

On November 9th, 2018, BHRS, through MHSA funds, collaborated with Marin County Office of Ed and Each Mind Matters to host a workshop designed to familiarize attendees with the requirements for suicide prevention policies established by AB 2246 and introduce key principles of comprehensive school-based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.  The workshop was very well attended and received. 

Mental Health and Substance Use Services (MHSUS) changed its name to Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS).  As such, all references in existing departmental policies and procedures to MHSUS can be understood to reference BHRS as well.