Suicide & Crisis Hotline
Need Help? We Care!
Available 24 hours/7 days.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
The Santa Clara County Suicide & Crisis Hotline is a 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide prevention hotline available 7 days a week for phone intervention and emotional support by highly trained volunteer Crisis Phone Counselors to help individuals who are experiencing:
- different forms of crisis
- emotional or situational distress
- a need for ongoing support
- varying degrees of mental illness
- a need for general information or referrals
“We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lives. In fact, half of us will deal with some type of mental health challenge over the course of our lifetime. Unfortunately, sometimes these challenges can become more serious and require more attention. However, there is good news. Recovery is also common and we can all do something to help.”
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REPORTING ON SUICIDE
Suicide is a public health issue. Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the way media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion or positively by encouraging help-seeking.
ONGOING ONLINE FREE TRAINING
QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Online Course
Ask a Question, Save a Life
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE one-hour training available to anyone 18 years of age or older who lives or works in Santa Clara County. QPR training is an online course to learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths. QPR, modeled after CPR training, is an emergency response to someone in crisis. You will learn about myths and facts related to suicide; warning signs of suicide; how to ask the right questions; how to persuade someone in crisis to seek help; and to refer them to resources.
To learn more about this training for groups/employees/volunteers please contact the Suicide Prevention Program click here to sign up
This training is made possible by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds.
Suicide Prevention Speakers Bureau
Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Speakers Bureau consists of panels formed by individuals with lived experience, who share their personal stories at community events. Speakers share their stories of help, hope, and strength along with available local resources in our community.
Funded by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63)
Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program newsletter provides an easy way to stay informed about all the events happening in suicide prevention. Each month, the newsletter will have a different theme. Keep up to date by reading the newsletter. Scroll down to access newsletters.
We believe suicide is preventable.
Our goals are to:
1. Reduce deaths from suicide in Santa Clara County.
2. Increase awareness of why people contemplate suicide and how to access available resources.
3. Improve monitoring of suicides using clear and comprehensive data.
4. Empower people to respond to a person who is considering suicide through training and education.
To those who have lost their lives by suicide,
To those who struggle with thoughts of suicide,
To those who have made an attempt on their lives,
To those caring for someone who struggles,
To those left behind after a death by suicide,
To those in recovery, and
To all those who work tirelessly to prevent suicide and suicide attempts in our nation.
We believe that we can and we will make a difference.