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Evaluation of San Diego County Suicide Prevention

The UC San Diego Health Services Research Center (HSRC) has been contracted to develop the evaluation plan for the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Action Plan (SPAP) Update 2018. The SPAP Update 2018 was created by the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council (SPC), a collaborative of mental and behavioral health stakeholders with a collective vision of zero suicides in San Diego County. It identifies nine interrelated strategies to prevent suicide:

  • Integrate & Coordinate Activities
  • Media & Communication Campaigns
  • Outreach for Coping & Connectedness
  • Community Programming
  • Means Reduction
  • Frontline & Gatekeeper Training
  • Healthcare Coordination & Capacity
  • Clinical Assessment & Treatment
  • Postvention Services


The aim of the evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of SPC's efforts in implementing strategy specific actions. The development of the evaluation plan and its implementation will occur in stages. Between 2018 and 2020, in collaboration with a strategic planning consultant, strategic planning and evaluation meetings will be held with a wide range of behavioral health stakeholders to identify priority activities. Measurable indicators to evaluate the success of the implementation of these activities will be identified. The evaluation will run from 2018 to 2021.

For information on the evaluation contact Dr. Andrew Sarkin at asarkin@ucsd.edu.

For more information on the SPC visit: https://www.sdchip.org/initiatives/suicide-prevention-council/.