Suicide Prevention and Support

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Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the Crisis Hotline at (888) 724-7240. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals available 24/7; the call is free and confidential. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

    • San Diego County Suicide Prevention Action Plan:
      This document proposes suicide prevention strategies for San Diego County that enhance efforts to increase understanding and awareness of suicide and decrease stigma associated with suicide, with the goal of reducing the number of suicides in San Diego County.

    • San Diego Access & Crisis Line:
      Phone: (888) 724-7240
      Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
      The San Diego Access and Crisis Line serves as a suicide prevention/intervention hotline. It provides mental health crisis intervention and information and referral to mental health services in San Diego County, including referrals to mental health care professionals who accept Medi-Cal and those who do not have health insurance. It also provides information and referral to County Drug and Alcohol treatment and recovery services for adults, adolescents and pregnant and parenting women who are receiving Medi-Cal or who do not have health insurance. Calls are FREE and answered by trained professionals. Service is available in multiple languages.

    • Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL):
      Phone: (619) 482-0297
      SOSL provides self-help support groups for those who have lost a relative or friend through suicide. Support materials and a quarterly newsletter are available either electronically or in hard copy. A speaker’s bureau provides information on suicide issues and prevention of suicide.

    • Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program San Diego:
      Phone: (760) 635-5904
      Yellow Ribbon is a community and school-based suicide prevention and outreach program. The website includes tips on how to recognize warning signs, how to reach out and a special section for parents to help them recognize signs of depression in children and teens.

    • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - San Diego Chapter:
      Phone: (760) 459-9959
      The AFSP San Diego Chapter is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. The Chapter offers educational programs for highs schools, colleges, professionals, and community groups. The Chapter's Survivor Outreach Program provides survivors of suicide loss and their families support and reassurance that surviving a suicide loss is possible.

    • Suicide Prevention Education Awareness and Knowledge Program (SPEAK):
      SPEAK is a San Diego Unified School District developed initiative that established a suicide prevention training and education program for 75 of the district’s schools that include 7th - 12th graders. The mission is to reduce the stigma that is associated with mental illness and depression, increase help-seeking behaviors in youth, and improve staff responsiveness to suicidal concerns and behaviors in students by providing education to students, staff, and parents throughout the district.

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
      Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
      A free 24-hour hotline available if you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Press 1 for a dedicated line for veterans and their families.

    • Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC):
      The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training and resources to assist organizations to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

    • The Jed Foundation:
      This foundation is dedicated to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students. The website provides resources for students, professionals, parents and friends.

    • San Diego County Suicide Prevention Action Plan Needs Assessment (PDF):
      This needs assessment, published in March 2011, was conducted to provide local data and evidence to inform individuals, organizations, and agencies across San Diego County in the development of a strategic approach to suicide prevention at the local level.

    • Suicide in San Diego County: 1998-2007 (PDF):
      In this report, the Community Health Improvement Partners' (CHIP) Suicide Prevention Committee presents data about suicide in the county overall and among three distinct age groups: adolescents and young adults, working-aged adults, and older adults. The information in this report should prove helpful to those in need of basic information and trends on suicide in San Diego County.

    • Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA):
      SPAN USA is a national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

    • Survivors of Suicide:
      The Survivors of Suicide website was developed to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way.

    • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools: (PDF)
      Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.


If you or someone you care about needs to speak to someone or is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call the Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. You don't have to suffer in silence, make the FREE call. If emergency medical care is needed,
call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Now's the time to read up! With one in four adult San Diegans facing mental health challenges, it’s up to us to make San Diego a supportive community for those experiencing such challenges. Through education and awareness, the "It's Up to Us" bulletin offers mental health related information, resources, ways to get involved and also stay informed.