California has launched a mass media campaign to raise awareness about suicide prevention, officials announced Wednesday.
The bilingual campaign, called Know the Signs, will include television, print, online and radio ads on how to recognize warning signs and how to help those at risk. The media outreach is part of a broader, $30-million suicide prevention effort in California that began last year and will continue through June 2014.
Friends and relatives play an important role in preventing suicide by noticing changes and providing reassurance that help is available, according to mental health officials.
“We are very focused on making sure that people who are in crisis can get connected to local services,” said Stephanie Welch, senior program manager of the California Mental Health Services Authority, which is heading up the campaign.