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Published on: 10/22/2014 12:06 PM

Suicide & Crisis Hotline

Need Help? We Care!
Toll-Free: 1-855-278-4204
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


3rd Annual South Bay Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Take Steps to Reduce Suicides. Counter Stigma. Save Lives.
When:  Sunday, October 26, 2014

Check-In Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Where:  DeAnza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014

Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program is pleased to announce our first newsletter. The 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.  The newsletter provides many ways for community member to participate in National Suicide Prevention Week. Keep up to date by reading the newsletter. 

September 2014 Newsletter

October 2014 Newsletter

2014 Suicide Prevention Week September 8th-12th
“One World Connected”
Presenters from the Speakers Bureau shared their stories of help, hope, and strength along with available local resources and in our community. Panels were held on these dates
  •  Tuesday, September 9, 1pm – 2pm
            Mental Health Central Wellness, Room 108  
            2221 Enborg Lane, San Jose, CA 95128
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6pm-8pm
            Morgan Hill Library – Community Room
            660 W. Main Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  •   Friday, September 12, 2014 1pm – 5pm (Panel from 2-3pm)
            Valley Specialty Center, Basement Conference Room BQ160
            751 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128


Community Conversations during Suicide Prevention Week
NSPW is an annual event during Suicide Prevention Week to bring awareness to suicides and suicide prevention. This year’s theme was “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected,” and focused on increasing awareness that suicide preventable premature death around the world.  World Suicide Prevention Day was Wednesday September 10th.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Board of Supervisors adopted and presented the Suicide Prevention Oversight Committee with a Proclamation declaring September 8 - 14, 2014 as "Suicide Prevention Week" in Santa Clara County.


SafeTALK- October 24, 2014  Need CEUs? Consider taking an online Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training for free and/or sign up for the safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone workshop on Friday October 24, 2014 and move beyond the tendencies to MISS, DISMISS or AVOID talking about suicide. See attached flyers to find out more about these events. For further information or to find out what you can do to prevent suicides in your community, please register by contacting or call 408-885-3982.
SAFE Talk Flyer

Suicide Prevention for Schools- October 3 and 14, 2014  At this two day event you will learn about suicide prevention strategies for schools, policies and procedures to assist in suicide prevention and resources at the local and state level. There will also be a variety of topics discussed at this two day event. If you would like more information, please see the attached flyer. If interested in attending, registration steps are posted in flyer.
Suicide Prevention Flyer

Ask a Question, Save a Life  click here to sign up
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE one-hour training available to anyone 18 years 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.  This program is made possible by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds. To learn more about this training for groups/employees/volunteers please contact us, use this link:
click here to sign up

ASIST- September 29-30, 2014
Want to learn the signs of someone who may be suicidal? ASIST training is a 2 day workshop on September 29-30, 2014. You will learn skills to recognize the signs of someone who may be suicidal and what to do, and how to engage a possibly suicidal person in meaningful dialogue that may very well save their life.  This training is dynamic, with two instructors teaching together. The class consists of large group, small groups, role play, videos, and discussion. Please register by contacting or call 408-888-3723 CEU's Offered.
ASIST Flyer 

Why We Care

We believe suicide is preventable: Our goals are:

  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.
From the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action