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Help is Here: Resources for Suicide Prevention

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and since the onset of COVID-19, most people’s mental health has taken a serious toll. Luckily, there are a plethora of local resources available—along with warning signs to watch out for.


Are you, a friend or loved one suicidal?

Warning signs:

·       Threatening to hurt or kill oneself

·       Seeking access to means

·       Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide

·       Feeling hopeless

·       Changes in sleep patterns

·       Feeling worthless or a lack of purpose

·       Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities

·       Feeling trapped, hopeless or desperate

·       Giving away possessions

·       Increasing alcohol or drug use

·       Withdrawing from family, friends or society

·       Demonstrating rage and anger or seeking revenge

·       Appearing agitated

·       Having a dramatic change in mood


How you can help:

·       Let the person know you are concerned and willing to help

·       Express empathy for what the person is going through

·       Encourage the person to do most of the talking


SOURCE: El Dorado County Behavioral Health Division



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE

County of Placer Health & Human Services, Adult Crisis & Intake 24-Hour Phone Line: 916-787-8860 or 1-888-886-5401,

El Dorado County Behavioral Health Division, 24-Hour Crisis Phone Line: 530-622-3345

NAMI Sacramento: Free, local support group meetings for individuals with mental illness where individuals can talk openly, 916-364-1642

WellSpace Health: 916-368-3111 (Sacramento); 530-885-2300 (Auburn); 916-773-3111 (Roseville), 916-645-8866 (Lincoln)

Sacramento County 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours per day/7 days per week: 916-368-3111 or 800-273-8255