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 to identify signs of suicide, find the words, and reach out
- How to best help someone who is experiencing thoughts of suicide or a mental health crisis
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.
What to Do in a Crisis
Guidelines for calling police during a mental health crisis.
Suicide Crisis Hotlines:
Text “START” to 741741
Go to the nearest emergency room. Psychiatric emergency services are available at:
San Mateo Medical Center
222 West 39th Ave, San Mateo
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame
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. See below for resources.
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 email@example.com.
: to assist high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies that prevent suicide and promote behavioral health
Activeminds.org: using student voices to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses