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 to identify signs of suicide, find the words, and reach out
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.
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.
Make it safe at school
These posters are available from San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education free of charge and are presented to faculty and staff along with a brief training on how to identify at risk students and what to do when they have been identified.
To submit a request and schedule the brief training for your district or school site, please contact Molly Henricks, Crisis Coordinator, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at email@example.com or 650-573-2306.
Get trained to help others
Get certified in Mental Health First Aid by taking a free 8-hour public education training to help you identify and respond to mental health crises. Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid classes are available in English and Spanish. For more information visit smchealth.org/bhrs/ode/CommunityEd or contact Natalie Andrade at (650) 372-8548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) – National Crisis Hotline
650-579-0350 – StarVista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County)
Text “BAY” to 741741
2. Nearest Emergency Room.
Psychiatric emergency services are available at:
San Mateo Medical Center
222 West 39th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
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 email@example.com.
Resources (by Region)
StarVista Crisis Hotline
Stigma Free (Be the One) San Mateo County
California Suicide Prevention Program
Each Mind Matters
Know the Signs
American Association of Suicidology
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Messaging)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
International Association for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention (MY3) App
Resources (by Population)
Active Minds (College Students)
Directing Change Program & Student Film Contest
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Youth)
Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention
Preventing Suicide in Older Adults – Mental Health America
Department of Veteran Affairs – Suicide Prevention
Veterans Crisis Line