Didi Hirsch’s 16th annual Alive & Running Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention had a record year—raising more than $274,000 and providing participants with poignant but life-affirming opportunities to remember and celebrate loved ones lost to suicide.
Didi Hirsch's Medical Director Dr. Curley Bonds and Director of Bereavement Services Rick Mogil served as expert witnesses at a State Assembly Joint Hearing on Law Enforcement Interactions Involving People with Mental Illness on Tuesday, July 29th.
Didi Hirsch Program Coordinator Annie Ortega was a guest on the program "The Question Is?" hosted by Anthony Portantino on Sunday, June 15th. The discussion was focused on the challenges that teens and families face.
Didi Hirsch has just been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Verdugos – Mental Health Fund to partially furnish and equip our new Wellness Center at Glendale Center. Scheduled for completion in November 2014, the Wellness Center will help low-income and homeless residents affected by mental illness achieve better health, employment, and housing for successful independent living.
Local data also appears to support the same conclusions.
“If you only look at November and December, it doesn’t appear we have a higher rate of suicides than any other time of the year,” said Sandy Fatland, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.
Robert Stohr, division director for Didi Hirsch, an area non-profit carrying one of the largest and oldest suicide crisis hotlines in the United States, said call volumes typically fall during the holiday months.
On Friday November 22nd, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services dedicated “Project 60 Women & Children,” Los Angeles County’s first rapid re-housing program devoted exclusively to homeless women with serious mental illness and their children.