Media Alert: Doubling Down on Suicide Prevention
February 7, 2019
Good news for the fight against suicide. On Thursday, February 7, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will unveil its new, state-of-the-art Suicide Prevention Center in Century City. The 14,156-square-foot building expands the organization’s national reach by nearly doubling the number of people answering its 24/7 English/Spanish Crisis Line, a key member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Center will now add in-person therapy for individuals and families, support groups for teens bereaved by a loss and certified training for mental health professionals to the array of services it already provides—such as support groups throughout Southern California for people who have attempted or lost someone to suicide. Launched in 1958, Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center is the first and most comprehensive in the nation and continues to innovate new programs to help people affected by suicide.
Renowned activist and artist Ed Massey will unveil a 15’ x 35’ art banner that he designed and that was painted by over 60 survivors of suicide loss or attempts. The art reminds viewers suicide is not the end of the story, but a time for healing and hope. See footage of the suicide survivors who are part of the Did Hirsch community painting at Massey’s Portraits of Hope studio here: https://bit.ly/2FElYoB
As part of erasing the stigma around suicide, the building’s sign will also be unveiled. We know of no other standalone Suicide Prevention Center in the nation with its name on the building. We will also offer tours of the Center, including the new state-of-the-art Crisis Line.
Kita S. Curry Ph.D, CEO of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services: http://www.didihirsch.org/node/131
Ed Massey, artist: http://www.edmassey.com/about/
Pam Kluft, Vice Chair of Didi Hirsch’s Board of Directors who lost her sister to suicide and underwrote the survivor experience painting project: http://didihirsch.org/pamela-kluft
60 survivors of suicide loss or attempts. Survivors who speak English, Spanish and Korean are available for interviews
Every day, 123 Americans die by suicide and over 3,000 attempt it. Suicide affects people of all ages and backgrounds and does not spare anyone. Didi Hirsch’s newest Board member Melissa Rivers and former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey have both lost family to suicide and will be available for media.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Art and building sign unveiling at 10 a.m.
10277 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Trish McCall, Olmstead Williams Communications