What You Can Do

If someone tells you that they are going to commit suicide, take their words seriously, and get help immediately – even if they tell you to keep it secret. It is better to anger a friend than to lose them forever.

Get Help Now

If you or someone you care about is in crisis:

Emergency: Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988
TTY: 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

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

Here are some guidelines for how to act when you suspect someone is planning to commit suicide:

  • Identify. Ask them directly if they are thinking about committing suicide.
  • Intervene. If they are actually attempting suicide in your presence, use any means necessary to safely stop them, and call 911.
  • Connect. Show that you understand that their pain is real.
  • Listen carefully. Just be there and let the person know that you care. Don’t tell them how they should feel or what they should do. Just express your desire to support and help understand what they are feeling.
  • Seek help. Your friend's safety is the number one priority. Talk with them about seeking help, either through a hotline, doctor, school counselor, or clergy.
  • Attend. Do not leave them alone.

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.