Youth & Suicide


Resources for teens:

Teen Line: Text “TEEN” to 839863 or call 1-800-TLC-TEEN

California Youth Crisis Line:
1-800-843-5200 or

The Trevor Project - LGBTQ focus:
Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 - it's free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
TrevorText: Available on Thursdays and Fridays, 1 pm - 5 pm PT. Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply.

You Matter – a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness.


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If you or someone you care about is in crisis:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Free • Confidential
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Crisis Text Service:
Text the word "HEARME" to the number 839863.

Veterans Crisis Line:
Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Ventura County Crisis Team:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Emergency: Call 911

Suicide Prevention App:

Local resources: Call 2-1-1, visit or text your zip code to 898211.

Learn to help prevent suicide:

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

According to the most recent California Healthy Kids Survey, 24% of 7th graders, 29% of 9th graders, and 33% of 11th graders felt sad and hopeless for 2 weeks or more during the past year. Additionally, 16% of 9th graders and 17% of 11th graders seriously considered suicide during the past year.

Ventura County Behavioral Health works with local schools to implement programs such as SafeTalk – a program designed to train confidential peer counselors. For more information, visit safeTALK.


Many suicidal youth act in ways that signal their suicidal thinking. These include:

  • Preoccupation with death
  • Suicidal threats in the form of direct and indirect statements
  • Suicide notes and plans
  • Prior suicidal behavior
  • Making final arrangements (e.g., making funeral arrangements, writing a will, giving away prized possessions)
  • Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings


Youth who feel suicidal may not seek help directly. However, parents, school personnel, and peers can recognize the warning signs and take immediate action to keep the youth safe. When a youth gives signs that they may be considering suicide, the following actions should be taken:

  • Remain calm.
  • Ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide.
  • Focus on your concern for their well-being and avoid being accusatory.
  • Listen.
  • Reassure them that there is help and they will not feel like this forever.
  • Do not judge.
  • Provide constant supervision and do not leave the youth alone.
  • Remove means for self-harm.
  • Get help: peers should not agree to keep the suicidal thoughts a secret. Instead, they should tell an adult such as a parent, teacher, or school psychologist. Parents should seek help from school or community mental health resources as soon as possible. School staff should take the student to the designated school mental health professional or administrator.