Preventing Suicide


It's OK...
     to feel upset
  or stressed
      or overwhelmed
                or sad

But if you feel that way all the time or you want to harm yourself, it’s time to talk to someone about it.

Get Help Now

If you or someone you care about is in crisis:

If it's an emergency:
Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer

To talk with someone now:
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988
TTY: 988
Free • Confidential • 24/7
Please note: If you are in Ventura County but using an out-of-county cell phone area code, you will reach the 988 call center corresponding to your phone’s area code. However, you can provide your location to be connected to Ventura County services.

Ventura County Crisis & Referral Line
Substance Use Treatment Services
24/7 •

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 988 and press 1
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ+ focus)
24/7 •

Additional Resources:

Mental Health Warm Line
Non-emergency emotional support, 24/7
Call 1-855-845-7415
Web chat:

First Responders
Law enforcement COPLINE: 1-800-267-5463
Fire/EMS/rescue Helpline: 1-888-731-3473

Local Resources
Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211

Concerned about someone?


  • When you're alone and not rushed
  • Ask if they're thinking about ending their life
  • Listen
  • Be respectful and caring
  • Learn more about what to say: Know the Signs

If They Say Yes

  • Help them remove guns, pills or other means
  • Call with them:
    • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
  • Go with them to mental health services or an emergency room

Stay Connected

  • Check in regularly.
    Studies show that staying connected with someone who cares makes a difference.
  • Support them in creating a safety plan.
  • Learn more about safety plans: Suicide Prevention Lifeline and

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Suicide Can Be Prevented

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. 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.

Did you know?

  • 87 people died by suicide in Ventura County in 2021.

  • 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.

Learn How to Help

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide prevention resources
1-888-333-AFSP (2377)

Know the Signs
Learn the warning signs – Find the words – Reach out

safeTALK Suicide Alertness Classes
Free, 3-hour training sessions for schools
Click here to learn more.

Together We Can Make a Difference


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.

Contact for more information.

If you are interested in joining the Suicide Prevention Council, please email

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