Everychild 2018 Grant: Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services received this grant to support the expansion of the Everychild Suicide Prevention Program, which provides a full continuum of services to youth under 24 and their families, including crisis intervention, therapy and support, and training and education. The agency could not meet the increasing need for their services without a larger home and state-of-the-art technology and equipment. The Everychild grant covered the final capital expenses incurred before opening the new facility in Century City. These included an upgraded crisis call/chat data system and software for data analysis. This project has allowed the agency to reach more individuals 24 and younger who are contemplating suicide through its call/chat Crisis Line, train more middle/high school and college students/teachers/parents to recognize and respond to warning signs of suicide, and to launch a new suicide loss support group for teenagers using a tailored curriculum developed by Didi Hirsch.