Suicide Prevention

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Did you know?

  • In Ventura County, suicide is the fourth leading cause of premature death
  • Nationally, it is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24
  • The fastest growing age group for suicide is 10 to 14 years (grades 5 to 9)
  • For each completed suicide there are 100 to 200 attempts

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.

If you feel unhappy or upset with some situations in your life for long periods of time, it may seem that suicide is the only way to end the pain. If you are having frequent suicidal thoughts, then NOW is the time to get help. You can take steps to help you stay safe, relieve your pain, and restore your desire to live.

 

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Get Help Now

If you think you or someone you are concerned about may attempt suicide, get help right now.

Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Call a suicide hotline number:

  • Call 877-727-4747 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) the Ventura County Suicide Prevention Center Crisis Line.
  • Call 866-431-2478 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families' Crisis Line.
  • In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor for free, confidential help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.