File photo of an inmate on a video call in 2020 when in-person meetings were prohibited because of COVID-19 restrictions. Photo courtesy of San Benito County Jail.

Police / Fire

San Benito County Jail implements suicide early-warning system

There have been eight suicide attempts at the county jail since 2009. There have been none in six months since uploading a suicide early-warning system on its landline phones.

Parents and students at the first of three workshops related to mental health. The March 7 workshop was hosted by the San Benito High School and Hollister School District Migrant Education programs. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Parents discuss mental health at SBHS workshop

Additional topics will be explored March 13 and April 3.

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Children and Youth

COLUMN: SBC Suicide Rate Relatively Low, But Still Has Great Impact

Marty Richman, county resident and citizen journalist, researches suicide and finds that San Benito County has a very low rate. His column provides statistics and some helpful information.

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Children and Youth

SBHS board considers suicide prevention policies

State-mandated action requires districts to include staff development on suicide awareness and prevention for teachers, counselors and district staff

Quest  Richlife in San Francisco, about to start his first day of riding.


Hollister resident riding a bicycle across country in memory of a friend

Quest Richlife, 60, was inspired to embark upon his bicycle adventure after his friend's suicide in 2013

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Children and Youth

Teen’s suicide prompts call for awareness

Hollister Police Department, San Benito High School share resources available to those in need

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Learn the skills to save a life

Two-day workshop to provide free training about helping people avoid suicide