If you are feeling suicidal or if you are concerned about someone, there is help available right now.

What to do, where to go.

Only a mental health professional can diagnose someone with a mental illness. If you or someone you know is going through difficulties with mental health, it’s important to speak up. Talk to a trusted friend, family member or professional. This is the first step to recovery.

The California  Peer-Run Warm Line is a non-emergency resource for anyone seeking emotional support. Call 1-855-845-7415.


If you are feeling suicidal or if you are concerned about someone, there is help available right now. A trained counselor is ready to talk and provide help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or for Español call (888) 628-9454. This a free 24-hour hotline that has TTY capability via one of its national call centers, which can be accessed by calling (800) 799-4TTY (4889).

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Warning signs of mental illness.

  • Confused thinking

  • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)

  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows

  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties

  • Social withdrawal

  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits                                    

  • Strong feelings of anger

  • Delusions or hallucinations

  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Denial of obvious problems

  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments

  • Substance abuse

The situation is an emergency and immediate action is needed if any of these signs are present:

  • In the act of hurting or killing him or herself, has a weapon or other lethal means

  • Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself

  • Looking for ways to hurt or kill him or herself, talking about a plan to do so

  • Talking about death or suicide and is acting anxious or agitated

  • Talking about death or suicide and is intoxicated or “high” on drugs

If you see emergency signs:

  • Call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

  • Don’t leave the person alone

  • Remove all lethal means (weapons, medications, etc.) from the vicinity

  • Take the person to a nearby Emergency Room or walk-in psychiatric crisis clinic

  • Do not put yourself in danger; if you are concerned about your own safety, call 9-1-1

If you answer NO to ALL of the above:

Don’t be afraid to reach out to the person you care about and create a safe space for them to talk about what they’re going through. Need help figuring out what to say? Visit the Suicide Is Preventable website.

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