Pain isn't always obvious, but most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide. If you see even one warning sign, step in or speak up. Take the time to learn what to do now so you're ready to be there for a friend or loved one when it matters most.
Signs of Suicide
Increased alcohol or drug use
Changes in normal sleep patterns
Withdrawal (an individual stops talking to others or participating in activities he or she once enjoyed)
Feelings of hopelessness, desperation, or of being trapped
Giving away possessions, putting affairs in order (an individual rushes to complete or update a will)
If any of these signs are present, call 9-1-1 or a suicide prevention hotline:
Threatening self-harm or suicide
Talking about death or suicide while intoxicated
Seeking methods for self-harm or suicide
Talking about death or suicide and acting anxious or agitated
Phone: 855 OC-LINKS (855-625-4657)
Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi; Interpretation for other languages is available via a language translation service.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
OC Links is an information and referral phone and online chat service to help navigate the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) system within the Health Care Agency for the County of Orange. Callers are connected to clinical Navigators who are knowledgeable in every mental health as well as drug and alcohol abuse program within the BHS system. This includes children and adult mental health, alcohol and drug inpatient and outpatient programs, crisis services, and prevention/early intervention programs. Once a program is identified, the Navigator will make every effort to link the caller directly to that program while still on the call.
Suicide Prevention Line
Phone: 877-7-CRISIS (877-727-4747)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Text Line: TEXTME
Languages: English and Spanish; Interpretation for other languages is available via a language translation service.
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The Suicide Prevention Line provides 24-hour, immediate, confidential over-the-phone suicide prevention services to anyone who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. The line is also available to support those concerned about others who may be at risk.
The Survivor Support Services program provides support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide and those who have survived a suicide attempt. The program educates the community on suicide prevention and intervention. These services include crisis support bereavement groups.
Know the Signs/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
Website: www.suicideispreventable.org (website information is also in Spanish)
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Learn about more signs of suicide, the words to use to voice concern to those who may be thinking of suicide, and how to get help at www.suicideispreventable.org/ .
NAMI WarmLine (Orange County)
Phone: 877-910-WARM (877-910-9276)
Languages: Services are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi and other languages.
Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Mon. - Fri.)
10 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Sat. - Sun.)
The NAMI WarmLine provides telephone-based, non-crisis support for anyone struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
The Crisis Assessment Team (CAT) assists individuals of all ages who are having a psychiatric emergency, are at psychiatric risk, as well as anyone needing psychiatric hospitalization. It’s comprised of licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and behavioral health specialists who respond to any psychiatric emergency call throughout Orange County. The team can respond to private residences, police stations, clinics, private medical offices, on the street and in the community. Its staff is available to both law enforcement and hospital emergency rooms for intervention with the seriously mentally ill. In addition, CAT members provide information and referrals for family members to community support services.
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