Suicide Prevention

General information

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
  • What to do in a crisis 
  • How you can get involved 

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.

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.

What to Do in a Crisis

For emergencies that need an immediate response, call 9-1-1
Guidelines for calling police during a mental health crisis.

In a crisis, you can also turn to the two resources below. 

1. Suicide Crisis Hotlines
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
​Text “START” to 741741

2. Nearest Emergency Room. 
Psychiatric emergency services are available at:

San Mateo Medical Center
(650) 573-2662
222 West 39th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010


Get Involved

The San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Committee meets the 4th Wednesday of every other month 1:30 to 3:00PM at the San Mateo County Transit District Office (1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos  CA 94070).  For more information or to get involved in the Suicide Prevention Committee, please contact Sylvia Leung at 650-578-7165 or


Meeting Minutes

October 28, 2015
August 26, 2015
June 24, 2015


California Suicide Prevention Program
California Injury Data Online
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Stigma Free San Mateo County

Youth/Young Adults

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 using student voices to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses