San Diego Suicide Prevention

It's not always obvious when someone is in pain. If you or someone you know may be thinking about suicide, it's time to talk. Call the San Diego Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. You are not alone.

If you have lost a friend or loved one to suicide, you may find yourself in need of support. Click here to learn more.

Know the warning signs. If you see any of these behaviors, especially if they are new, more frequent, or seem related to a painful life event, call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240 immediately.

In distress or crisis? Call: Access and Crisis Line (888) 724-7240.

You are the
right person

People who are thinking about suicide often feel alone, but talking with them can help. Even if you only know them a little (like a coworker) or a lot (like a close family member), reaching out to support is still the right thing to do.

You can always help,
no matter your relationship.
See why you are the right person.


How to Find Help

You are not alone. If you are thinking about suicide, reach out for help right away.

Call the Access and Crisis Line<br> at <a class='gtm-click-link' href='tel:8887247240' data-gtm='the access and crisis line'>(888) 724-7240</a>

Ways You Can Help Prevent Suicide

Know the Warning Signs

The first step in preventing suicide is recognizing the warning signs. Learn 10 common warning signs above. Or check out some of these resources for more information.

Call the Access and Crisis Line at
(888) 724-7240

If you or someone you know is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, call the Access and Crisis Line (888) 724-7240. It is a free hotline staffed 24/7 by trained and experienced counselors who can provide support, referrals, and intervention. If it is a medical emergency call 911.

How You Can Offer Support

After a Suicide

If you have lost a friend or loved one to suicide, you may find yourself in need of support. The grief following such a death is complicated. You may experience anger, guilt, sorrow, regret, resentment, relief, and more. The impact of a suicide death can have a ripple effect, touching many individuals, known as loss survivors. Many loss survivors have found the following actions to be helpful:

Reading stories from other loss survivors

Talking to people who can help, such as clergy

Find Support

Speak Up

It can be hard to know what to say when you’re worried that someone may be considering suicide. The first step is to talk to them about your concerns and let them know that you care. The table below can help guide you through having a helpful discussion with your loved one.

What Helps What Hurts
I know you have a real illness and that’s what causes these thoughts and feelings. It’s all in your head.
I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help. We all go through times like this.
You are important to me. Your life is important to me. You have so much to live for– why do you want to die?
Tell me what I can do now to help you. What do you want me to do? I can’t do anything about your situation.
You might not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change. Just snap out of it. Look on the bright side.
You are not alone in this. I’m here for you. You’ll be fine. Stop worrying.
Talk to me. I’m listening. Here’s my advice…
I am here for you. We will get through this together. What’s wrong with you? Shouldn’t you be better by now?