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.
Is anyone in immediate danger?
Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer.
Are you feeling suicidal or in despair?
More Support & Resources
Pathways to Hope and Healing
A Tale of Two Journeys
Keynote Speaker Gabe Teran, a lifelong resident of Ventura County, shares his own journey of loss and grief ater the death of a family member by suicide – followed by another journey, one of hope and healing. Through sharing these two journeys, he hopes that others can find strength in navigating their own.
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?
100 people died by suicide in Ventura County in 2022.
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
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
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