County of San Diego Suicide Prevention Resources

The County of San Diego offers a variety of services and programs to meet people where they are and prevent and address suicide. These include resources designed for the entire community to promote mental health awareness and reduce stigma, programs tailored to groups at higher risk, and crisis response services for people with immediate needs. This page features helpful guides, training tools, prevention programs, and ways to engage with local suicide prevention efforts.

If you need help managing emotional challenges and life's daily stressors, explore the resources and tools available on the Managing Your Mental Wellness page.


Behavioral Health Services (BHS) offers many programs and treatment options for people in need of immediate crisis support. Refer to the Emergency and Crisis Services page for more information on services and treatment for people of all ages.

Tailored Programs

BHS provides support through programs tailored to specific populations throughout the county. Expand the sections below to learn more about each program.



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LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adults

The program below provides necessary mental health services and drop-in centers for LGBTQ+ youth up to age 21 and their families.

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  • Our Safe Place

    Our Safe Place provides clinical and supportive services to LGBTQ+ youth up to age 21 and their families through an outpatient, community-based mental health clinic located in Hillcrest, and five drop-in centers located throughout San Diego County. The clinic requires an appointment to begin services and offers group therapy, medication support services, case management, and crisis intervention. The five drop-in centers offer supportive services to LGBTQ+ youth and their families including case management, school and employment support, support with transitioning, mentorship opportunities, and more.

Military and Veterans

The program below offers supportive services to current and former service members and their families.

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  • Courage to Call

    Courage to Call provides veteran peer support, community outreach, access to resources through information and referrals, and solution-focused brief counseling to Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists, National Guard, and their families. The free, confidential, Veteran-staffed helpline can be reached at 877-698-7838 from 8am-8pm.


The programs below focus on addressing and preventing suicide among school-age children and youth. BHS offers an array of services to meet the unique needs of children and youth, you can find more programs on the Behavioral Health Service Directories for Children, Youth, and Families page. To find out if a program is offered on your campus, explore the Live Well Schools Program Map or reach out directly to your school or district.

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  • Creating Opportunities in Preventing & Eliminating Suicide (COPES)

    The COPES initiative build the capacity of local education agencies to support school communities that champion mental wellness of students, staff, and families. COPES activites include suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention; health promotion and stigma reduction trainings and programs; and collaboration between schools and service providers.

  • Helping, Engaging, Reconnecting, and Educating Now (HERE Now)

    HERE Now focuses on increasing awareness, promoting conversations, and inspiring connections to prevent suicide. The program provides suicide prevention and early intervention services delivered in school settings for middle and high school students, and in the community for transition age youth across the county.

Community Resources

See below for resources and ongoing efforts to prevent suicide in San Diego County.

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  • Suicide Prevention Council

    The Suicide Prevention Council (SPC) coordinates stakeholders in San Diego County to increate awareness, reduce stigma, and engage the community in action planning to prevent suicide. The SPC facilitates a regional effort dedicated to collaboratively preventing suicide and addressing the impacts on families and communities.

    • Access free trainings available to help community organizations, groups, and individuals be prepared to prevent suicide.
    • Become involved by attending a suicide prevention council meeting or joining a subcommittee.
    • View the 2023 SPC Report to the Community to learn more about the status of suicide and suicide prevention efforts in the County.
  • It's Up to Us Campaign

    The  It's Up to Us (IU2U) campaign is dedicated to increasing awareness of symptoms of mental illness and warning signs for suicide while inspiring mental wellness and reducing stigma. The campaign provides resources, information, and support for individuals struggling with mental health challenges, as well as their families and communities. Explore IU2U resources available for addressing mental healthsuicide prevention, and substance use concerns.

  • Suicide Prevention Month

    In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, observed anually in September, BHS offers a Suicide Prevention Toolkit to support destigmatizing conversations about suicide. The toolkit is available in English and Spanish and offers downloadable and shareable content such as social media posts, resource guides, activity worksheets, and more.

  • Check Your Mood

    The Check Your Mood event is held annually in October in conjunction with National Depression Screening Day. The purpose of this event is to engage and encourage San Diegans to monitor and assess their emotional well-being. Getting screened for depression is an important part of healthcare checkups, much like getting your blood pressure checked or being screened for heart disease.

  • Never a Bother

    Whether it's a low point, a crisis, or something you can't quite explain, the Never a Bother campaign provides helpful information to help prevent suicide among California youth and young adults.

Community Toolkit

Expand the library of outreach materials below for community use.

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Learn More

Watch the Suicide Prevention Council press conference to hear from speakers who share their personal stories and learn more about the most recent data on suicide.

Not sure where to start?

Call the Access and Crisis Line (ACL) at 1-888-724-7240 to speak to an experienced counselor who can help find the right service for you or someone you care about. The ACL is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with support available in over 200 languages. Live chat and other resources are available through the ACL website or

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.