Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Bereavement Services program received a Spirit Community Partner Award from Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Beyond Loss – Bereavement Ministry and Grief Support Center during its 25th Anniversary Celebration and Recognition Event on Aug. 18.
"Earlier this year, [Officer] Colvin — who also volunteers for the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services suicide hotline — was reassigned to lead the Glendale Police Department's new Mental Health Evaluation Team, which consists of another officer and, starting in October, a Los Angeles County mental health clinician.
Didi Hirsch's 20th Anniversary Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards raised a record-setting $525,000.
"To find out that you guys are now starting something for people who attempted suicide and not letting them be ashamed about it is remarkable" said Melissa Rivers, who was honored with the Beatrice Stern Media Award.
"We have to talk about mental health. We have to talk about suicide. We have to be there for the survivors. I stand here as a proud suicide survivor who wants all mental health to come out of the shadows."
“Fashion Police” producer and co-host Melissa Rivers – who was a college student when her father, television producer Edgar Rosenberg, died by suicide – will receive the 2016 Beatrice Stern Media Award for her passionate efforts to raise awareness about suicide among youth and college students.
Didi Hirsch dedicated its 17th Annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run on Sept. 27 to Dr. Norman L. Farberow, 97, who died earlier in the month from complications from a fall. With more than 2,100 participants and volunteers, the record-breaking event held near Los Angeles International Airport raised about $325,000 for the agency’s Suicide Prevention Center, which was co-founded by Dr. Farberow and was the first in the nation.
With heavy hearts, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services announces that Dr. Norman L. Farberow, co-founder of its world-renowned Suicide Prevention Center, died September 10 on World Suicide Prevention Day—a day that would not have been possible without him.
"Dr. Farberow changed people’s attitudes toward suicide. He understood that people considering suicide were in terrible pain and how much compassionate listening can help people in distress,” said Didi Hirsch’s President/CEO Dr. Kita Curry.