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
  • 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.

What to Do in a Crisis

Call 9-1-1
Guidelines for calling police during a mental health crisis.

Suicide Crisis Hotlines:
1-800-273-8255 
(650) 579-0350
​Text “START” to 741741

Go to the nearest emergency room. Psychiatric emergency services are available at:

San Mateo Medical Center
(650) 573-2662
222 West 39th Ave, San Mateo

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
(650) 696-5915
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.

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 sleung@smcgov.org.

Meeting Minutes

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

Resources/Links:

California Suicide Prevention Program
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention
Research & Data Sources
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
Activeminds.org: using student voices to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses