Didi Hirsch News

Record Year for Fundraising and Memories


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.

Dr. Kita S. Curry Interviewed by The Argonaut

Joe Piasecki, Managing Editor of The Argonaut, interviewed Dr. Curry about suicide prevention.

Read the full article here: http://argonautnews.com/a-time-to-talk/

Didi Hirsch Leaders Serve as Expert Witnesses at Assembly Joint Hearing

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 supports AB2198

Didi Hirsch supports AB2198, which requires suicide prevention training for mental health professionals.

AB2198 requires:

  • 15 hours of suicide prevention training for those studying to become psychologists, social workers or marriage and family therapists;
  • a one-time 6-hour course for those who are already licensed.


Innovative Interventions

Our medical director, Dr. Curley Bonds, recently hosted a talk entitled "Innovative Interventions: Psychiatry in the 21st Century"

Highlights included new technology and new practices being used in the field of mental health.

You can view the talk in its entirety by clicking here.

Didi Hirsch's Annie Ortega on Local Program

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.

A New Champion for Our New Wellness Center

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.

Analysis debunks theory about suicide rates during the holidays

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.

Via Avanta's new Family Wing opens

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.


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