Suicide touches us all. Find connections and support through personal stories, creative expression, wellness activities and local resources.
Join us in-person or virtually for the Preventing Suicide: Connections & Community Forum. Free events on September 21 and 29.
to feel upset
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:
Emergency: Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988
Free • Confidential • 24/7
Veterans Crisis Line
Call 988 and press 1
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Ventura County Crisis & Referral:
Substance Use Treatment Services:
24/7 • www.vcbh.org
The Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ+ focus):
24/7 • thetrevorproject.org
Mental Health Warm Line
Non-emergency emotional support, 24/7
Web chat: mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline
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
- 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
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.
Learn How to Help
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide prevention resources
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.
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.
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.
Contact MHSA@ventura.org for more information.
If you are interested in joining the Suicide Prevention Council, please email MHSA@ventura.org