Community Mental Health Resources
These hotlines offer free and confidential crisis support for individuals having thoughts of suicide, as well as friends and family worried about loved ones.
- Marin Mobile Crisis Response Team: 1-415-473-6392 (1-415-473-3344 (TTY))
- Psychiatric Emergency Services: 1-415-473-6666
- Bay Area Community Resources: 1-415-444-5580
- 24-7 Marin Suicide Prevention: 1-415-499-1100
How to talk about suicide - From the Buckelew Suicide Prevention Program:
It’s okay to talk about suicide. More people are speaking compassionately and openly about mental health and their struggles. Talking about suicide with others can be life-saving.
- Know the Signs - Notice your concern of any sudden changes in mood, words, or actions such as: increased substance use, difficulty sleeping, acting recklessly, feeling depressed, talking about suicide, feeling like a burden, access to firearms, etc.
- Ask Directly - “I’m concerned about you. You’ve seemed really withdrawn. Are you thinking of suicide?” Asking will not give the person ideas to take their life.
- Listen and Show Support - “I want you to know that support is available to help you through this.” Let them talk.
- Refer for Help - “I’d like to sit with you while you call your (hotline, therapist, hospital) for help.” Find resources together. Do not assume a person will get help on their own.
- Follow-up - “Let’s make a plan to connect again.” A phone call or note to show you care can help in the healing process.