Unique CRH Program Seeks to Reduce Suicide in Sacramento’s Vulnerable Youth

‘Supporting Community Connections’ offers outreach for foster, homeless and LGBTQ youth communities

National Suicide Prevention Week is this week — September 10 – 16, 2017 — but the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento (CRH) focuses on suicide prevention all year long with its innovative Supporting Community Connections Program (SCC).

Run and funded in partnership with Sacramento County as part of Proposition 63 (the Mental Health Services Act), this unique program provides all-inclusive suicide-prevention and social-support services to some of the most underserved and vulnerable young people in our region: foster, homeless and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning) youth.

“Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for our nation’s youth – a statistic that jumps for those involved in the juvenile-justice and child-welfare systems, those affected by homelessness, and for LGBTQ youth,” said SCC Program Coordinator Aubrey Grande. “Sadly, Sacramento’s youth are not immune to these challenges – or statistics. That’s why Supporting Community Connections was created.”

Free to all participants ages 12 – 25 in the Sacramento area, Supporting Community Connections includes:

  • Educational groups on CRH’s campus as well as at various community locations that teach youth how to use resources to promote health and well-being
  • Individual case management and peer support
  • Connecting homeless and runaway youth with community resources and emergency supplies
  • LGBTQ-specific teen-support groups and services.

In the past year alone, Supporting Community Connections has directly assisted more than 500 Sacramento youth and held almost 100 support groups – but program administrators want to help even more.

“The overall goal of Supporting Community Connections is to prevent suicide by offering connections to vital services – housing, mental health, employment, LGBTQ, social and more – so all youth feel healthy, empowered and connected,” said Grande. “Everyone can help us get the word out. We’re here to assist all foster, homeless and LGBTQ youth with this special program.”

If you know a youth who may benefit from Supporting Community Connections, or if you would like to invite program representatives to your Sacramento-area event, please contact Aubrey Grande at (916) 616-2397.