Suicide Prevention Manager
Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department
As Suicide Prevention Manager of the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department in California, Mego Lien manages public health efforts to prevent suicide across the county, which includes Silicon Valley and the city of San Jose. Previously, Mego was Associate Program Manager of Injury and Trauma Prevention at Prevention Institute, a national public health non-profit that advocates for primary prevention and community wellbeing. She has worked as a suicide crisis line volunteer and volunteer recruiter in New York City, and she currently volunteers as a crisis line and in-person advocate for sexual assault survivors in San Mateo County, CA.
Mego's additional experience, in global health, includes managing national public education and policy advocacy programs in Southeast Asia, focusing on tobacco control and road safety, with the non-governmental organization Vital Strategies. She has also worked on gender-based violence prevention with the United Nations Development Programme in Thailand, and on health systems-strengthening with The Earth Institute in New York City, supporting the federal government of Nigeria.
Mego began her career as a journalist, primarily covering women’s health for magazines in the U.S. She holds dual Masters of Public Health and International Relations from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Psychology and Education from Swarthmore College. Mego grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and is proficient in Mandarin and French.
Thursday, July 11
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM