Suicide Prevention and Support
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 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals; the call is free and confidential. If you need to be connected to mental health services in Riverside County, call the CARES Line at (800) 499-3008. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. You may also call or walk into a Riverside County 24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care location. Whether you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, all services are voluntary. Counseling and nursing, as well as, psychiatric medications are available. All locations are open 24/7 and everyone is welcome regardless of insurance type or ability to pay.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: (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.
- 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, as well as 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.
- California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention (PDF)
The California Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention provides recommendations of the Suicide Prevention Plan Advisory Committee to the California Department of Mental Health.
- National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services document provides goals and objectives as a blueprint for the nation to take action to prevent suicide.
- Youth Suicide: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Injury Center
The CDC offers national level data and information about suicide among youth, including risk factors and resource recommendations for youth suicide prevention.
- Resources for Media when Reporting on Suicide
Recommendations to improve the way suicide is covered in the media.
- Understanding Suicide Fact Sheet: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Injury Center (PDF)
This two-page fact sheet is intended for the general public and provides a basic overview of suicide, including risk factors, prevention and additional resources.
- Suicide Facts at a Glance: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Injury Center (PDF)
This fact sheet provides up-to-date national level data and statistics on suicide and suicidal behaviors.
- Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools (PDF)
This toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide by promoting behavioral health. It includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.
- Know the Signs
Are you concerned about someone? Visit this website to learn the warning signs of suicide, find the words to offer help to someone you are concerned about and reach out to local resources. The website is part of the statewide suicide prevention campaign “Know the Signs” funded by the Mental Health Services Act (formerly known as Prop 63).
- What’s Up Safehouse is a 24/7, free, anonymous mental health crisis texting line. Get immediate support from a licensed mental health professional. Dedicated to helping support the residents of Riverside County through issues surrounding anxiety, substance abuse, depression, school pressure, peer pressure, LGBTQ struggles, relational issues, suicidal thoughts, bullying, and any other issue that is causing trouble.
- Text SHHELP to 844.204.0880 24/7 for immediate support and resources.
- Fact Sheets About Suicide: American Association of Suicidology
This website offers a variety of fact sheets about suicide and suicide prevention, in both English and Spanish, including:
- African Americans and Suicide (PDF)
- Depression and Suicide (PDF)
- Hispanic Suicide (PDF)
- Suicide and the Elderly (PDF)
- Suicide in the U.S. (PDF)
- 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.
- Youth Suicidal Behavior (PDF)
- LGBT Youth and Suicide (PDF): This fact sheet provides information about suicidal behavior, risk factors, protective factors and implications for suicide prevention among LGBT youth.