Suicide Prevention

By Friends & Neighbors February 24, 2015 11:38

suicide prevention handsAll emergencies, including suicide: 911

Every California county has a 24-hour crisis line providing immediate and confidential help and referral:
Amador County……….. .(209) 223-2600
Calaveras County………. (800) 499-3030
Tuolumne County………(209) 533-7000
Mariposa County………. (888) 506-5991
San Joaquin County.. … (209) 468-8686
Stanislaus County………(209) 558-4600

Click here for comprehensive list of all California county mental health 24-hour crisis lines.

The Friendship Line: A program of the San Francisco Institute on Aging, this 24-hour help line is for older adults who are lonely, depressed or suicidal, 1-800-971-0016.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or talk online at

Peer counseling programs serving older adults through Catholic Charities’ Mother Lode Office, (209) 532-7632 and Calaveras County Behavioral Health, (209) 754-6525.

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, or text to 838255, or anonymous online chat at For deaf or hard of hearing, 1-800-799-4889. Services are available to all veterans (even those not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care) and their loved ones.

Suicide Prevention Training & Grief Support 

Foothills, Central Valley and National Resources

YES Partnership: Suicide prevention training is free to any foothill group or individual. Martha Golay, 533-1397, ext. 274. In Calaveras County, free Question-Persuade-Refer training is offered by Behavioral Health, (209) 754-6525.

Hospice of the Sierra: Support group for survivors of suicide loss, and grief support for adults in various foothill communities, 20100 Cedar Road, Sonora, (209) 536-5685, Hospice of the Sierra.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras: Bereavement services for adults grieving any death; children’s services also available, 1500 S. Highway 49, Jackson, (209) 223-5500,

Friends for Survival: This nonprofit hosts support groups and mails a free monthly newsletter to those who are grieving “but don’t want to go to support groups,” says the national organization’s Barbara Ballas, 1 (800) 646-7322,

Sudden Loss: This hour-long evening support group runs in eight-week sessions at Modesto’s Community Hospice. To register, call (209) 578-6376, Information on suicide warning signs and how to start a conversation with those struggling with suicidal thoughts. Also in Spanish,

Free web-based suicideTALK workshop offered for a limited time: Interactive workshop helps make direct, open and honest communication about suicide easier to have. Takes one to two hours to complete. Appropriate for all community members ages 15 and up. For free license contact Martha Golay,

This resource list appeared in the Spring 2014 Issue of Friends and Neighbors Magazine

By Friends & Neighbors February 24, 2015 11:38
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