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In 2021, 48,183 people died by suicide in the U.S. and 4,148 in CA. In 2022, the Central Coast lost 89 people to suicide. Current research indicates that up to 135 people are affected by some degree by every person lost to suicide. That number includes all people who have known the deceased.

Of the lives many human experiences, the pain and anguish that is left in the wake of a loved one’s suicide is unimaginable. Trying to fathom the unfathomable to arrive at a place of acceptance seems an impossible feat. But hope can prevail against all probability.
Today, perhaps more than ever before we need to come together as a community to strengthen and support one another amid a longstanding mental health crisis, exacerbated by the isolation, fears, and uncertainties of the pandemic.
This crisis affects all generations but has been especially devastating for young people. Young people are grappling with challenges that no generation in modern history has been forced to deal with.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Suicide Prevention Services will bring much-needed mental health and suicide prevention awareness training and presentations into classrooms throughout the Central Coast. Giving kids, teens, and educators information and resources to help them recognize warning signs in themselves or others and understand what to do and who can help
As we move into a new year, we will continue to grow and expand the lifesaving impact of the Central Coast 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. In 2022, we answered more than 8,400 calls/texts/chats from Central Coast residents -- and this number is expected to grow to more than 30% in 2023/2024.
Addressing the surging mental health crisis together as individuals and as a community is one of the most pressing issues we face. Thank you for being part of the solution. Thank you for all that you do for so many people.
Wishing you and yours a holiday season and a new year filled with love and compassion.


Andrea Tolaio
Program Director
Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast Family Service Agency
Tolaio.a@fsa-cc.org
831-459-9373 Ext. 36

Please feel free to reach out to me if you’d like more information, have any questions or just to say hi.