What You Can Do

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

 Learn simple steps to help save someone from suicide. Ventura County Behavioral Health is offering this free one-hour training for businesses and individuals in our community.

Learn more and sign up!

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: See Know the Signs >

If They Say Yes

  • Help them remove guns, pills or other means
  • Call with them:
    • VCBH Crisis & Referral Line: 1-866-998-2243
    • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
  • Go with them to mental health services or an emergency room
  • Do not leave them alone

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: See Suicide Prevention Lifeline >

Learn How to Help

Suicide Warning Signs >

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.

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

See 988 FAQs >
See Crisis Line Comparison Chart >

Want to connect via WhatsApp?

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

or text HOME to 741741

Free • 24/7

For Veterans

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 988 and press 1
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 

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
Web chat: mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline

For help with addiction:
Substance Use Treatment Services
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

More resources for teens >

For Older Adults

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

More resources for older adults >


Diversity Collective
Support for LGBTQ+
Countywide • all ages

More LGBTQ+ resources >

For First Responders

Law enforcement COPLINE

NVFC First Responder Helpline
Fire, EMS, and other rescue workers