Director of Development & Communications
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations joins Board of Directors of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services—the agency named after her mother— ahead of World Mental Health Day
October 8, 2017
Culver City, Calif. (October 8, 2017) – Ahead of World Mental Health Day, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services is proud to announce that Nancy Rubin, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and daughter of Didi Hirsch, has joined its Board of Directors.
A global champion for human rights, women’s rights, mental health and social justice, Rubin has served in five Presidential Administrations and was a Presidential appointee to the Council for Community Solutions.
Rubin, who was the First Chair for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign said, “Untreated mental illness is a key reason one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds worldwide. Mental health is a global human rights issue, which we must value as much as physical health. On World Mental Health Day, each of us can take 40 seconds to erase stigma and explode myths and fears so people can get the mental health care they need and deserve.”
Building the pipeline of mental health services and empowering individuals to live their fullest lives has been a social justice passion for the Rubins for decades. Most recently, they invested in the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, the first in the United States and a world leader in creating and disseminating new strategies to prevent suicide. Saving lives since 1958, the Center recently relocated to Century City, where it has been able to nearly double the size of its 24/7 multilingual Crisis Line and grow and create new programs for people who have attempted or lost someone to suicide.
Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center founded the study of suicide, the nation’s first 24/7 hotline and innovated the support group model for people bereaved by suicide that is used around the world. It also developed a treatment model for people who have attempted suicide that has been requested by more than 1,700 mental health professionals in every state and 35 nations.
“I am proud to be aligned with Didi Hirsch, the agency named for my mother that touches and saves so many lives, not only in the United States, but around the world,” Rubin said.
About Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has provided free mental health, substance use disorder and suicide prevention services since 1942. Dedicated to serving communities where stigma or poverty limits access, Didi Hirsch helps more than 120,000 children and adults from 10 locations and 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties each year.
Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center is the nation’s first and an international leader in training, research and crisis services. Our Center was the first to provide 24/7 crisis counseling and has been a leader in innovating new strategies and programs for people in crisis since 1958. Our multilingual crisis line answered more than 100,000 calls and chats nationwide in 2018. We are one of two crisis centers in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network that offers 24/7 Spanish coverage. We are one of three selected for the national Disaster Distress Helpline. Learn more at www.didihirsch.org.