Dawan Utecht on Central Valley Today

It’s suicide prevention month and earlier this week Dawan Utecht, Director of Fresno County Behavioral Health was invited to share the suicide prevention efforts being done by the Fresno County Suicide Prevention Collaborative on the Central Valley Today show.


Send Silence Packing

There is a powerful display regarding Suicide Prevention that made stops in Fresno and Clovis earlier this week. It’s called Send Silence Packing put together by Active Minds. Send Silence Packing is a nationally recognized traveling exhibition of donated backpacks representing college students lost to suicide each year. The program is designed to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of suicide, connect students to needed mental health resources, and inspire action for suicide prevention. At each exhibit of Send Silence Packing, backpacks are displayed in a high-traffic area of campus – like the campus quad – giving a visual representation of the scope of the problem and the number of victims.


Here is short video from yesterday’s display at Fresno City College http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article209068684.html


For more information visit http://www.activeminds.org/our-programming/send-silence-packing

KMPH Fox 26 Town Hall: Preventing Teen Suicide

The Clovis Veterans Memorial District welcomed the community to attend the Fresno County Suicide Prevention Collaborative and KMPH Fox 26 Live Town Hall: Preventing Teen Suicide on March 13, 2018. Moderated by Kim Stephens, FOX26 News anchor on “Great Day,” this event fostered hope in the community through accurate information, resources, and the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of local experts. The forum was broadcast live on Fox26, the Fox26 News app, streaming on www.kmph.com, and streamed on Facebook.


Facebook Live Broadcast


Fox26 Station Live Broadcast

Dawan Utecht interview on Fox26’s “Great Day”

Collaborative member Dawan Utecht with the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health talking about warning signs of teens in crisis with Kim Stephens and Alex Lehnert on “Great Day.”


Trish Small interview on Fox26’s “Great Day”

Collaborative member Trish Small, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools joining Kim Stephens and Kopi Sotriopulos on “Great Day.”

Jerry Silva interview on Fox26’s “Great Day”

Collaborative member Jerry Silva, Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator with VA Mental Health Services joining Kim Stephens and Kopi Sotriopulos on “Great Day.”

Kathy Cromwell and Allison Murphy interview on Fox26’s “Great Day”

Collaborative members Kathy Cromwell with Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss and Allison Murphy, whose daughter, Chloe, died by suicide 7 years ago joining Kim Stephens and Kopi Sotriopulos on “Great Day.”


Chris Roup interview on Fox26’s “Great Day”

Chris Roup, Executive Director of NAMI Fresno joining Kim Stephens and Kopi Sotriopulos on “Great Day.


Suicide Prevention & Directing Change

Earlier in the week the Department of Behavioral Health was contacted and by students from Quail Lake Charter school in Sanger. The students were tasked with bringing in speakers on topics they felt were important to them and their community.

The students chose the topic of Preventing Suicide and asked a representative from DBH to speak to the class. Brian Bishop reached out to the collaborative members and Stan Collins provided resources that would meet the needs of Junior High students. Included in those resources were references to the Directing Change Student Film Contest.

The students were amazed at the positive messages the Directing Change videos promoted and wanted to know how they could get involved.  Brian shared the Directing Change contest page and offered to advise the students if they had any questions. The presentation went over without a hitch and many of the students said they’d seriously consider sending in a video.

KSEE 24 Discusses the Suicide Prevention Collaborative

Dawan Utecht & Stan Collins were invited by KSEE 24’s Alex Delgado host of Central Valley Today to discuss the Suicide Prevention Collaborative and the upcoming Directing Change Student Film Contest.

Take a moment to watch the segment that includes a video from Kingsburg High School student Matthew Flores.


Coffee Coasters & Sleeves Have Been Spotted

Know the Signs Coffee Sleeves have been spotted at the Kid’s Cafe 2019. Send your pics if you find anymore.

Visit suicideispreventable.org to Know the Signs and help Prevent Suicide.

Community Wellness Survey

Remember to complete the survey link below and share with your organization and clients so that we are able to reach the entire Fresno community for broader participation.  The County of Fresno has already shared the survey link with its 7,000 plus employees.

The Department of Behavioral Health has also shared with all its contracted mental health and substance use disorder providers.


Coffee Sleeves for Suicide Prevention Week

If you are participating in the Coffee Sleeves and Coasters Activity, let us know the location/business name that will be using them and upload a photo via social media using #EachMindMatters and #Bethe1to.  You can also send the photo to us and we’ll be happy to put it up on the FresnoCares website and facebook.

It would be great to create a map of all the locations and direct the community to find those spots and start a conversation about suicide prevention while enjoying coffee and/or drinks.


Suicide Prevention Week Proclamation

Thank you to Chris Roup from NAMI Fresno for her presence and support at the Board meeting and also to those who watched via the live video stream on Tuesday, September 12th.  If you missed it, you can watch a recording in the link below under Agenda Item No. 5:


Let us know if you’ve also taken the proclamation to your Board or Council and we will make note of it on the FresnoCares website or make arrangements for additional support and appearance if the presentation has yet to take place.

Suicide Prevention Op-Ed

Through the great suggestion and support of the Collaborative, Dawan Utecht, Director of Behavioral Health wrote an opinion piece on Suicide Prevention Week and the Collaborative, which was recently published in The Fresno Bee.  You can read and share the online article in the link below: