Preventing Suicide - Help and Hope
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Did you know?

  • 81 people died by suicide in Ventura County in 2016.
  • There has been a significant rise in suicide for middle-aged men.
  • Nationally, it is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24.

Is Suicide Preventable?

Suicide is a tragic reaction to severe distress or feelings of hopelessness in one's life. Thoughts of suicide do not necessarily mean that you want to die. Instead they mean that you have more pain than you can cope with right now. The pain of deep depression is intense, and can be too much to bear for long periods of time. However, suicidal thoughts do not have to become suicidal actions.

It's important to know that suicide can be preventable. Whether you are considering ending your life, or know someone who feels suicidal, learn to recognize the warning signs and how to get immediate help. You may save a life – your own or someone else's.  

Together we can make a difference

VENTURA COUNTY SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL

Vision: Ventura County Suicide Prevention Council is comprised of countywide stakeholders who are dedicated to reducing suicides by offering help and hope to people of every culture, gender and socioeconomic group throughout their lifespans.

Mission: Our purpose is to promote help and hope to everyone at risk or affected by suicide. We engage in collaborative dialogue to raise public awareness, identify resources and provide education, and we strive to support innovative suicide prevention and intervention initiatives.

JOIN US on the first Friday of each month from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
Ventura County Behavioral Health
1911 Williams Drive, Suite 200
Oxnard, CA 93036

Feel free to contact mhsa@ventura.org for more information.