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 County 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. Find resources that are available for when you may need it most.

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>

Knowing the Warning Signs
Can Make a Difference

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.

You Are the Right Person to Help Prevent Suicide

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.


Ways You Can Help Prevent Suicide

How To Start a Conversation and Offer 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?

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

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