If anyone is in crisis and is threatening to harm or has harmed themselves, call 911 immediately.
Trusted, confidential suicide prevention help is available 24/7.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Click on the image below to access call through dialing, or online Lifeline support chat. Or, call 1-800-273-8255.
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services 24-hour Crisis Line Suicide Prevention Center, trained counselors available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Call 1-877-727-4747.
Free 24/7 support for people in crisis. Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life trained human being. Text HOME to 741741 in the US
For free confidential crisis counseling, mental health information, and referrals to providers, call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health's 24-hour Access Center at 1-800-854-7771.
The Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ youth also offers 24/7 suicide prevention support through their live chat, text, and suicide prevention hotline - 1-866-488-7386
The Crisis Text Line has assembled a comprehensive list of referral resources that meet stringent criteria. Topics include abuse, self-harm, substance use, grief, isolation, and more. Topics are searchable online. We highly recommend this resource.
For information related to warning signs of mental health conditions, as well as a helpline, please visit NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness
SAMHSA offers a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. Or Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TTY)
This link will take you to a list of crisis hotlines on Rosen Digital’s Teen health and Wellness webiste
Know the Warning Signs
Related Topics on the SBFC Website to Help Youth with:
Guidance for Parents and Care Givers Worried About Their Child
Take your loved one seriously: Some people feel that kids who say they are going to hurt or kill themselves are “just doing it for attention.” But if your child, friend, or family member confides thoughts of suicide, believe them and get help.
Guidance for Youth Worried About a Friend
Don’t keep suicide a secret: If your friend is considering suicide, don’t promise to keep it a secret. Tell him or her you can help, but you need to involve other people, like a trusted adult. Neither of you have to face this alone.
Suicide Prevention Strategy: Know your QPR
Three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide
Question the person about suicide. Do they have thoughts? Feelings? Plans? Don't be afraid to ask.
Persuade the person to get help. Listen carefully, then say, "Let me help." Or, "Come with me to find help."
Refer for help: If a child or adolescent, contact any adult, any parent. Or, your teacher, school counselor, coach, or religious leader. Or, call the hotline at the top of this page.
To save a life...
Realize someone might be suicidal.
Reach out. Asking the suicide question DOES NOT increase risk.
Listen: talking things out can save a life.
Don't try to do everything yourself. Get others involved.
Don't promote secrecy. Know that reaching out does not mean you're disloyal.
If persuasion fails, call your mental health center, a hotline, or emergency services.
If you believe someone is in the process of making a suicide attempt, call 911
Myths and Facts
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes their struggle can be underestimated because of their age. But it is critical to listen, take them seriously, and reach out for help.
For a complete list of myths and facts, visit The American Association of Suicidology website.
Recommended National Resources
Suicide Prevention Lifeline website has an outstanding Youth Resource page that can connect youth with self-care advice, as well as to other trusted organizations that provide suicide prevention and mental health resources:
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Suicide Statistics, Risk and Protective Factors
Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's statistics page, where you can search statistics by state, ethnicity and age, as well as methods.
Suicide Risk Factors
Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's risk factors and warning signs page.
Ongoing Support and Help
Understanding treatment options
Ninety percent of people who die by suicide have a mental disorder at the time of their deaths. There are biological and psychological treatments that can help address the underlying health issues that put people at risk for suicide. Please visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Treatment page for a comprehensive list of treatment options.
South Bay mental health treatment resources referrals
The County of Los Angeles, Department of Health, has a Mental Health Navigation Team that serves the South Bay. Call 562-256-7717. The Navigation Team can find treatment options for individuals without insurance, or who are on MediCal.
Beach Cities Health District offers a searchable online resource guide to help you find health-related resources and information for adults and families within the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles area. Need additional assistance? Contact Beach Cities Health District’s Community Services Department for more information at 310-374-3426, ext. 256.
Treatment services provided at no charge
NAMI South Bay offers the following specific programs:
Peer-to-Peer (a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery)
Basics (a program offered for families and caregivers of children with a severe mental illness. It is usually offered in six to seven weeks)
Basicos (Basics for Spanish speakers)
Family to Family (a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with a severe mental illness)
De Familia a Familia (Family to Family for Spanish Speakers)