This October Dr. Merritt is proud to release Suicide Risk in the Bay Area: A Guide for Families, Physicians, Therapists, and Other Professionals. This guidebook will help readers navigate suicide risk assessment, management, and abundant Bay Area resources. Two-books-in-one, Suicide Risk in the Bay Area houses a directory of 200+ local resources as well as step-by-step methods for the assessment and treatment of suicide risk.
Please read below for more info on the Suicide Risk Project and sign up for Mental Health Compass for release information on Suicide Risk in the Bay Area. Additionally, readers of this book can find the Bay Area Emergency Departments interactive map here.
Suicide Risk Project
The Suicide Risk Project is designed to identify, describe, and share with all interested individuals and organizations a series of three directories of suicide-related resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is born of the fragmented state of our mental health care system and, on a personal level, the loss by Dr. Merritt of his mother to suicide when he was a child and, years later as a psychiatrist, the loss of a patient who jumped to his death from the Golden Gate Bridge.
The mission of the Suicide Risk Project is suicide prevention through the empowerment of family members, friends, physicians, therapists, teachers, and other professionals to:
- Ask about suicide risk
- Listen empathically and
- Guide effectively to appropriate resources for assessment and treatment
Three Directories, Lecture Slides, and an Interactive Map Now Available
Three directories, “Bay Area Emergency Departments” and “Bay Area Hotlines & Mobile Crisis Services,” and “Bay Area Hospital-Based IOPs & PHPs,” are currently available. Click here to sign up and receive them immediately in your inbox. They are divided in the five major regions of the SF Bay Area:
- San Francisco
- North Bay
- East Bay
- South Bay
Upon signup you will also receive the PowerPoint slideshow from my Suicide Risk Lecture at the Northern California Psychiatric Society on March 5, 2015 as well as an interactive map containing all Bay Area Emergency Departments.
One More Directory, Followed By A Book
The Suicide Risk Project will culminate in a book in May, entitled Suicide Risk in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Guide for Families, Physicians, Therapists and Other Professionals. To keep up to date with the project, the directories, the book, and other suicide prevention activities in the Bay Area, Sign Up For All Three Directories.
- Release of Suicide-Related Statistics.
Project News and Updates
- Release of third Resources Directory, Bay Area Hospital-Based IOPs & PHPs.
- Release of second Resources Directory, Bay Area Hotlines & Mobile Crisis Services.
- Dr. Merritt lectured on Suicide Risk in San Francisco: Assessment, Management, and Treatment at the Northern California Psychiatric Association, San Francisco.
- Dr. Merritt discusses the services of the Greater Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with Ryan Ayers, Northern California Area Director.
- Cortne Bui of San Francisco Comprehensive Child Crisis Service walks Dr. Merritt through best uses of the crisis service by San Francisco mental health professionals and families.
- Dr. Merritt dialogues with Dr. Caroline Fleck about Bay Area DBT resources and best treatments for nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidality.
- Dr. Merritt visits the Psychiatric Emergency Services unit at San Francisco General Hospital and discusses best emergency practices with Melissa Nau, M.D., Medical Director of the unit.
- Dr. Merritt interviews Officer Kevin Briggs, known as Guardian of the Golden Gate, of the California Highway Patrol, about sensitive suicide prevention techniques.
- Dr. Merritt discusses current best hospitalization practices with Andrew Booty, M.D., chief of the inpatient unit at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute.
- Research Assistant Caleb talks with Scott LoMurray about his program Sources of Strength and the relationships between youth empowerment, peer support and social change.
- Dr. Merritt explores the complexities of 5150 law (involuntary 72-hour hospitalizations) with Randall Hagar, Director of Government Affairs at the California Psychiatric Association.
- Dr. Merritt and Bob Cabaj, Medical Director of San Mateo Behavioral Health, analyze differences between mobile crisis services in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
- Dr. Merritt and veteran psychiatrist/attorney Marv Firestone discuss 5150 law and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in suicide prevention.
- Dr. Merritt goes to the offices of San Francisco Suicide Prevention to discuss suicide prevention and intervention with Eve Meyer and Courtney Brown.
- Merritt Mental Health releases Suicide Risk Emergency Resources, Part I: Emergency Departments.
- Dr. Merritt discusses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in suicide prevention with Esme Shaller, Ph.D., of the Young Adult and Family Center.
- Dr. Merritt discusses best hospitalization practices with Rona Hu, M.D., chief of the inpatient unit at the Stanford Medical Center.
- Dr. Merritt discusses best hospitalization practices with Winston Chung, M.D., chief of the inpatient unit at the California Pacific Medical Center.
- Dr. Merritt attends 20 hours of lectures and workshops on suicide risk assessment, management, and treatment at the annual conference of the American Psychiatric Association in New York City.
- Dr. Merritt meets in the office of San Francisco Mobile Crisis with Dr. David Pine to discuss best uses of the crisis service by Bay Area health professionals.
Below is a sampling of the resources that will be emailed to subscribers.
San Francisco Emergency Resources
- San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Mobile Crisis Unit
- Westside Crisis Clinic
- Dore Clinic
- Night Minister
- California Pacific Medical Center Pediatric Emergency, California Campus
- California Pacific Medical Center, Davies Campus
- California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific Campus
- California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke’s Campus
- Chinese Hospital
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Francisco Campus
- San Francisco General Hospital
- San Francisco VA Medical Center
- St. Francis Memorial Hospital
- St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco Campus
- UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco
- UCSF Parnassus
North Bay Emergency Resources
- Mobile Crisis Unit
- Healdsburg District Hospital, Healdsburg
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Rafael
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Vacaville
- Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae
- North Bay Medical Center, Fairfield
- North Bay Vacavalley Hospital, Vacaville
- Novato Community Hospital, Novato
- Petaluma Valley Hospital, Petaluma
- Queen of the Valley Hospital, Napa
- Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital-Montgomery, Santa Rosa
- Sonoma Valley Hospital, Sonoma
- St. Helena Hospital, St. Helena
- Sutter Solano Medical Center, Vallejo
East Bay Emergency Resources
- Mobile Crisis Unit
- Alameda County Medical Center’s Highland Hospital, Oakland
- Alameda Hospital, Alameda
- Alta Bates Eden Medical Center, San Leandro
- Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez
- Doctors Medical Center, San Pablo
- John Muir Medical Center, Concord
- John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Antioch
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Fremont
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Oakland
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Richmond
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Leandro
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Walnut Creek
- San Leandro Hospital, San Leandro
- San Ramon Regional Medical Center, San Ramon
- Sutter Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley
- Sutter Health Summit Campus, Oakland
- UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland
- ValleyCare Medical Center, Pleasanton
- Washington Hospital, Fremont
South Bay Emergency Resources
- Mobile Crisis Unit
- El Camino Hospital, Mountain View
- El Camino Hospital Los Gatos, Los Gatos
- Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Jose
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Santa Clara
- Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hosp. at Stanford, Palo Alto
- O’Connor Hospital, San Jose
- Regional Medical of San Jose
- Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose
- St. Louise Regional Hospital, Gilroy
The Suicide Risk Project is a collaborative effort. If you know of resources in the Bay Area that might help families and health professionals to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals at risk of suicide, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-285-3774, Ext. 3.