Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

We can all support Suicide Prevention efforts.  Most people have been touched by suicide, either through someone close or someone we may not know. Many people who are hurting or having suicidal thoughts can get better with professional help, support and comfort from loved ones.

You can help by taking the following actions outlined in the Know the Signs Campaign.

  1. KNOW THE SIGNS: Learn how to recognize the warnings signs.

  2. FIND THE WORDS: Learn how to start a conversation and what not to say to a person who may be suicidal.

  3. REACH OUT: The person in pain may not have the ability to ask for help. Don’t stay silent – seek help.

"Suicide Prevention 101" Video: An informational video about suicide prevention and how to reach out to those experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Parents and Caregivers

Are you concerned about your child or youth? Has he or she shown or expressed any of the following: 

  1. Talking about wanting to die or suicide, death, or feeling like a burden to family and friends?

  2. Feeling like things are not going to get better, seem like they are in severe emotional pain (something they cannot make go away), are they struggling to deal with a major life event or big loss?

  3. Are you seeing drastic changes in your child or youth that do not seem normal to you? Is he or she becoming more withdrawn, more isolated, more irritable, on edge or has stopped doing things they like? 

How to Respond

  1. Give them hope. Tell them they are not alone and that there is help 

  2. Ask them if they are having thoughts about suicide 

  3. Listen without judgment and tell them you are worried about what you are observing

  4. Reflect and assure them you understand and have heard their needs

  5. Get them to professional help


Help is available at these crisis hotline numbers.  If you are in a life-threatening crisis, please call 911.



  • Name-OC WarmLine
    • The NAMI-OC WarmLine is a free and confidential telephone service providing emotional support and resources to Orange County residents.
    • Servicing Orange County, CA residents only
    • Local Number: 714-991-6412
    • 9 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Mon.- Fri.)
    • 10 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Sat.- Sun.)
  • Orange County, California - OC Links - OC Health Care Agency

    •  OCLINKS: 855-OC-LINKS (625-4657)
    • The OC Links Information and Referral Line provides telephone and online support for anyone seeking information or linkage to any of the Health Care Agency's Behavioral Health Services. 
  • Orange County, California - CAT / PERT - OC Health Care Agency

    • The Crisis Assessment Team (CAT) provides 24-hour mobile response services to any individual experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
    • Phone: (866) 830-6011
    • Language(s): English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, Arabic and Tagalog
    • Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year