Community Involvement

Suicide prevention highlighted at CCWF

Prison staff member speaks to incarcerated population in prison.
Staff and the incarcerated population raised $14,000 for charities focused on suicide prevention.;

Staff, incarcerated population raise $14k for charities

Each September at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), the Mental Health Department and Community Resources Manager (CRM) collaborate to spread awareness while raising money for suicide prevention.

This year, CCWF hosted a staff bake sale and silent auction, including the Warden and CEO’s parking spaces.

“This was a really good reason to give up my parking space. I was glad to do it,” said Warden Pallares.

CRM Courtney Waybright organized a fundraiser for the incarcerated population, partnering with Sally Beauty Supply. Overall, the two fundraisers generated $14,000 for charity.

“The money raised will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fresno and the LGBTQ+ Initiatives in Merced and Fresno. I am pleased that we surpassed our goal this year and nearly tripled the amount raised last year,” she said.

In the know

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public perception, staff also spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. The goal? Helping individuals, friends and families access the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and seek help.

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911.

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