Preventing Suicide

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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.

Is anyone in immediate danger? 

Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer.

Are you feeling suicidal or in despair?

Talk with someone local now:
VCBH Crisis & Referral Line
1-866-998-2243 • www.VCBH.org

Free • Confidential • 24/7

Or call the national support line:
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call, text, or TTY: 988
Web Chat: www.988lifeline.org
Free • Confidential • 24/7

Want to connect via WhatsApp?

Crisis Text Line
Connect with a volunteer Crisis Counselor
Chat via WhatsApp

or text HOME to 741741
crisistextline.org

Free • 24/7

For Veterans

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 988 and press 1
veteranscrisisline.net
Free • Confidential • 24/7

More resources for Military and Veterans >

For Teens & Young Adults

Teen Line
Teen-to-teen education and support
Text TEEN to 839863 between 6:00pm–9:00pm PST
Or call 800‑TLC‑TEEN from 6pm to 10pm PST 
teenline.org

More resources for Teens & Young Adults >

For LGBTQ+ Young People

The Trevor Project Lifeline
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention
Call 1-866-488-7386
text START to 678-678
or web chat: thetrevorproject.org
Free • 24/7 • Confidential

More resources for LGBTQ+ Teens >

More Support & Resources

For Everyone

For emotional support when it's not a crisis:
Mental Health Warm Line 24/7
1-855-845-7415
Web chat: mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline

For help with addiction:
Substance Use Treatment Services
1-844-385-9200
Free • Confidential • 24/7

See more local resources >

For Teens

California Youth Crisis Line
Help with issues including medical care, dating violence, sexual assault, runaway resources and homelessness, available 24/7
1-800-843-5200
calyouth.org/cycl

More resources for teens >

For Older Adults

Senior Support Line
Feeling lonely or isolated?
Call 1-800-235-9980

More resources for older adults >

For LGBTQ+

Diversity Collective
Support for LGBTQ+
Countywide • all ages
diversitycollectivevc.org
805-644-5428
info@diversitycollective.org

More LGBTQ+ resources >

For First Responders

Law enforcement COPLINE
1-800-267-5463
www.copline.org

NVFC First Responder Helpline
Fire, EMS, and other rescue workers
1-888-731-3473
www.nvfc.org/help
 

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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

Suicide Warning Signs >

What You Can Do >

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide prevention resources
www.afsp.org
1-888-333-AFSP (2377)

Know the Signs
Learn the warning signs – Find the words – Reach out
www.suicideispreventable.org

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

Learn about crisis signs & symptoms, and how to help someone who is suicidal and connect them to resources.

 See all webinars >

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

Suicide touches us all. Hear personal stories and points of view. Learn about local resources and how to make a difference.

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