In 2011, there were 74 deaths by suicide in San Mateo County. Suicide is preventable. Help save a life by learning about warning signs of suicide, and about the help available for those who are having thoughts of suicide.
1. If you are in a psychiatric crisis or in a life-threatening situation:
Call 911 or to to your nearest hospital emergency room.
2. I am, or someone I know, is thinking about suicide. What do I do?
Call the following crisis lines available 24/7:
MY3 is a mobile application 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.
3. What are the Warning Signs for Suicide?
- Know the Signs: Learn the signs, find the words and reach out
- Mental Health First Aid - Help someone experiencing thoughts of suicide, or a mental health crisis
You or someone you know might not be thinking about suicide, however, may want a caring person to talk to about specific issues, or you would rather chat online.
- Crisis Text Line: Provides free confidential 24/7 emotional support and infomation to people in any type of crisis. Text “START” to 741741. Learn more at www.crisistextline.org/get-help-now/
- Youth Website and Support Line: Onyourmind.net and Reachout.com are websites that provides Q&A, hotlines, referrals and chat room 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 to speak with someone directly at 650-579-0350.
- Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 650-573-3950 – Questions or concerns about substance use? The Helpline provides a non-judgmental place to check in and obtain support and resource information.
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, press 1 - for Vet’s and their family members.
- Older Adults: Institute on Aging Helpline: 800-971-0016, Institute On Aging: Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention
- LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743) or Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386
- Mental Health Emergency - Information on how to prepare and what to expect when calling 9-1-1.
- Is your family member (age 18+) showing signs or symptoms of serious behavioral health challenges? Call the Family Assertive Support Team (FAST) in San Mateo County for assistance.
- Are you concerned about a child or youth? A youth-focused hotline is available 24/7, to support parents, educators, counselors, doctors, coaches, and members of the community in San Mateo County. Call or text the Child and Adolescent Hotline & Prevention Program Hotline at: 1-650-567-KIDS (5437).
- Friends For Survival - a national non-profit outreach organization open to those who have lost family or friends by suicide, and also to professionals who work with those who have been touched by a suicide tragedy. Friends For Survival, organized by and for survivors, has been offering services since 1983. All staff and volunteers have been directly impacted by a suicide death: (800) 646-7322 or (916) 392-0664, www.friendsforsurvival.org
- NAMI San Mateo County 650-638- 0800 www.namisanmateo.org
- LGBTQQ Youth
- Older Adults
- Institute On Aging: Helpline: 800-971-0016
- Veterans and Family Members
- Operation Welcome Home - www.veterans.ca.gov
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, press 1
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, or information on County programs or training, please contact Katy Davis at 650-372-3214, or KDavis@smcgov.org.
Identified Countywide Priorities to Improve Suicide Prevention
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- California Suicide Prevention Program
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan
- California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention
- Research & Data Sources - epicenter.cdph.ca.gov
- Stigma Free San Mateo County
- Toolkit for Preventing Teen Suicide - to assist high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies that prevent suicide and promote behavioral health
- Suicide Prevention on Campus SAMHSA
- SPRC Past Webinar Slides: Suicide Prevention among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth: Expanding the Frame and Broadening Our Approaches.
- www.activeminds.org - working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses
- Media Outreach Tool Kit: Teen Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcements
- Directing Change - Youth Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement competition in California
- Peninsula TV Interview with BHRS Workforce Development Director, Kristin Dempsey- 2/19/10