The Suicide Prevention Center, originally founded in 1958 as the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center, was the first in the country to provide a 24-hour suicide prevention crisis line and use community volunteers in providing hotline service. The Crisis Line is widely recognized as having developed the telephone crisis intervention model used by most crisis centers and hotlines across the nation and in the world. It operates with a staff of more than 150 trained volunteers, serving callers throughout Southern California, and has been an integral part of Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center since 1997. For more information about the history of the Suicide Prevention Center, click here.
In addition to our crisis line, the Suicide Prevention Center offers a bereavement program for those who have lost a loved one to suicide (our Survivors After Suicide program), outreach to the community, and an emergency response team that works with local police to provide immediate counseling at the scene of a suicide. We also conduct suicide prevention awareness and education to the community.
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