After a Suicide

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 Crisis & Suicide Intervention HELPline at (951) 686-HELP (4357). The phone lines are answered by trained professionals; 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.

  • Conversations Matter
    These tips from the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in Australia provide guidance for handling safe and effective conversations after a suicide death. They include basic tips on what to say and do for a person who lost someone close to them to suicide, as well as when you are worried someone you know may be thinking about suicide. 
  • Speaking of Suicide
    This website for suicidal individuals, their loved ones, loss survivors, and mental health professionals.  It includes information on how to talk with children about the suicide, a comprehensive book list, and much more. 
  • SOS: A handbook for survivors of suicide (PDF)
    A pocket-sized quick reference booklet for suicide loss survivors from the American Association of Suicidology. The booklet may be downloaded freely or print copies can be purchased through the AAS website. Also available in Spanish.
  • Surviving a suicide loss: A financial guide (PDF)
    In the aftermath of loss, it can be especially difficult to make sound financial decisions. This guide from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention describes how to take inventory, settle the estate, work with advisors and set a year of financial milestones.
  • Surviving after Suicide (PDF)
    A survivor of suicide is a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide. This fact sheet describes the common emotions and feelings of grief experienced by survivors of suicide and offers resources through the American Association of Suicidology.