Depression and Suicide Prevention Resources

By Friends & Neighbors January 6, 2016 08:00

All 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.

For FAN’s 2014 story on Mother Lode suicide rates, risk factors and prevention efforts, click here.

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): Offers online screening tools for depression and anxiety disorders, as well as a directory of licensed mental health providers and reviews of mobile apps designed to help those with depression, anxiety and related disorders,

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): Provides educational resources and materials including podcasts, webinars, brochures and more; online support groups and in-person support group locator; information for helping a friend or family member with a mood disorder and more,

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Offers information, treatment options and support for depression and related conditions including anxiety disordersbipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For questions about mental health issues, call the NAMI HelpLine, 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm ET, or email

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): In addition to mental health information (also searchable by age and gender), provides an online library of mental-health publicationsnews and research and links to join mental health research

Free Counseling and Support

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

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.

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,

Institute on Aging’s Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention: San Francisco-based center “provides counseling, referrals, grief support programs, and even well-being checks for…older and disabled adults in California and beyond,” according to the institute’s website, For more information, call (415) 750-4111 or (650) 424-1411.

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,

NAMI Amador:

  • Hosts Family Support Group for family members and caregivers of individuals with depression, PTSD, schizophrenia and other disorders. Meets the fourth Tuesday monthly, 6:45-8pm, Sutter Amador Hospital Conference Room, 200 Mission Blvd., Jackson.
  • Also hosts Connection Peer Support Group for those living with mental illnesses. Meets every Thursday, 1-2:30pm, Sierra Wind Wellness and Recovery Center, 10354 Argonaut Dr., Jackson. For more information about both groups, (209) 223-1485, ext. 266,

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

The Sparrow Project: A collaborative effort by University of California, San Francisco, and Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities. Aims to help adults 60-plus dealing with depression, in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, and rural Stanislaus County. Individuals accepted into the study will receive free case management and therapy or self-guided support with a senior peer counselor. Call Carlene Maggio, 532-7632, or click here for project’s flyer.

Sudden Loss: This hour-long evening support group runs in eight-week sessions at Modesto’s Community Hospice. To register, call (209) 578-6376,

The Marvelous Mind: This two-hour class (one hour video, one hour discussion) focuses on understanding and responding to depression, and runs in nine-week sessions, usually in January and in autumn. Class meets in Sonora and is open to anyone interested in learning more about depression. For more information call Karen Heflin, (209) 352-8776.

Tuolumne County Behavioral Health’s Enrichment Center: Free bipolar and depression support group meets 1:45-3pm Tuesdays, open to all with these conditions and their loved ones and caregivers, 102 Hospital Rd., Sonora. For more information call Megan Mills, (209) 533-7092, Enrichment Center.

Suicide Prevention Training

Free Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), 8:30am-4pm Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 21-22, 2016: Two-day (15-hour) course helps caregivers recognize signs and learn how to intervene with a person at risk of suicide. 15 Continuing Education Contact Hours for BBS, BRN and CAS available. Register with Martha Golay, (209) 533-1397, ext. 274,

Free web-based suicideTALK workshop offered through June 2016: 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 older. For free license contact Martha Golay, (209) 533-1397, ext. 274, Information on suicide warning signs and how to start a conversation with those struggling with suicidal thoughts. Also in Spanish,

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

By Friends & Neighbors January 6, 2016 08:00
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