The Importance of Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention


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 150,000 children and adults from 10 locations and 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties each year.

Our Suicide Prevention Center is the nation’s first and an international leader in training, research and crisis services.

For more information about Didi Hirsch’s services, please call Centralized Intake at 888-807-7250. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you or someone you know need help in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Counselors who speak English and Spanish are available 24/7.

Mental illness can have wide-reaching effects on a person’s health, educational achievement, employment and well-being. Didi Hirsch’s experts provide evidence-based treatment to low-income children and adults with mental disorders or behavioral challenges. Integrated care is available at many of our outpatient and residential facilities. We also have programs to help recovering adolescents and adults build resilience and coping skills.

TRAINING: Didi Hirsch’s training programs for mental health professionals are renowned throughout California and the nation. Our training programs were the first in California to be accredited by the American Psychological Association and are among the oldest in the nation. As part of our mission to erase stigma, we also offer a variety of suicide prevention trainings for schools, first responders and community organizations and businesses.

Alive & Running

is an uplifting, life-affirming event that remembers loved ones lost to suicide while raising funds and awareness for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 22nd Alive & Running 5K for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, September 13, 2020 was a virtual event. Although we cannot be together for this annual uplifting, live-affirming event, we encouraged you to stay connected to our community of survivors by registering, sharing your story and completing the walk on your own.

Aired Sept. 13, 2020. On the show, Lisa Foxx talks to new Didi Hirsch CEO Dr. Jonathan Goldfinger about the importance of Suicide Prevention Month and spreading awareness that 'its ok to not be ok,' but to urge listeners and those in need to please reach out. There are people who do care about you, and are here to help. We talked about the importance of reaching out to friends you haven't talked to or heard from in awhile. We also talked about mental health self evaluation, treatments, and ways to seek help via therapy, medications, phone/chat/texting info while offering the variety of ways Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services can make a difference and help save lives. We also discussed this year's 'virtual' version of their annual 'Alive & Running' fundraiser that is still seeking donations. Find out more here: https://didihirsch.org/