Suicide Prevention







Suicide is preventable. You can be the one to help.

Most people who experience suicidal thoughts are in a temporary serious crisis, which can be prevented with your help. It’s up to us.

Help save a life by learning about:

  • Suicide warning signs
  • How you can help
  • Professional resources, suicide crisis hotlines and more help

Suicide Warning Signs

How You Can Help

Start the conversation

Simply asking “Are you okay?” or “I’ve noticed you’ve been feeling hopeless a lot lately” can open the door to a conversation about getting help.

Make it safe at home

The majority of people who survive suicide never attempt it again. Safely storing medicines and guns (if you own them) in the home removes the opportunity for someone to act.

Download this flyer to learn more about how suicide can be prevented with the help of family, friends, the community, and County services.

Professional Resources, Suicide Crisis Hotlines and More Help

If you or someone you know is in a psychiatric crisis, a life-threatening situation, or is thinking about suicide:

Call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. See guidelines for calling police during a mental health crisis. Psychiatric emergency services are available at: 

For free, 24/7 confidential emotional support and information:

  • Call (650) 579-0350 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Chat online
  • Text “START” to 741741

MY3 is a mobile app that lets you stay connected when you are having thoughts of suicide.

  • With MY3, you define your safety network and your plan to help get you through difficult times.
  • MY3 is available for FREE in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

You or someone you know might not be thinking about suicide. However, you or someone you know may want a caring person to chat with about specific issues.

  • Drug and Alcohol Helpline:  650-573-3950, a non-judgmental, confidential place to check in and get support and information about substance use.
  • For and provide Q&A, hotlines, referrals and chat rooms staffed by trained youth to provide a safe, anonymous, non-judgmental place for other youth to discuss depression, suicide, family, pressure, school, friends, cutting, identity or anything. Call the StarVista Crisis Hotline at 650-579-0350 to speak with someone directly.
  • For LGBT Teens: 800-246-PRIDE (7743) or Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
  • For Veterans: 800-273-8255, press 1, for vets and their family members. Also, visit or text 838255.
  • For Older Adults: Institute on Aging Helpline: 800-971-0016
  • For Families/Friends:

Get Involved

The San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Initiative meets the 4th Wednesday of every other month. 1:30 to 3 PM.  See the BHRS Training Calendar for details or for more information or to get involved in the Suicide Prevention Initiative, please contact Sylvia Leung at 650-578-7165, or

Meeting Minutes


Youth/Young Adults