If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, there’s help. We’ve created a list of resources for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts, mental health or suicide loss. The variety of groups offer support through texts, calls and in-person meetings – get helpful information and find the support you need here.
Central Valley Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1 800 273-8255 (click to expand)
This free, 24-hour hotline is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. You can also call or chat with the Lifeline if you are concerned about someone else.
Visit the web site to learn more about the opportunities Directing Change offers to engage youth in mental health and suicide prevention through programs and resources for schools and youth groups and an exciting annual film contest.
The Resource Center includes a wide range of Know the Signs campaign materials, toolkits, and other educational resources. All materials are available for free download.
To find local suicide prevention trainers or training, including ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK workshops, esuicideTALK information and more, contact Kathleen Snyder, 925.939.1916 x147 or email@example.com>.
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. 1-866-488-7386
Get Trained in Suicide Prevention
There are several excellent trainings available to the public that teach the knowledge and skills to be an effective “gatekeeper” for people who are thinking about suicide. A gatekeeper is someone who is able and willing to help someone thinking about suicide get professional help.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a workshop for anyone who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. To learn more about ASIST, visit www.livingworks.net. To find a workshop in California, email firstname.lastname@example.org
safeTALK is a three hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. To learn more about safeTALK, visit www.livingworks.net. To find a workshop in California, email email@example.com
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. To learn more about this one-hour training, visit www.QPRInstitute.com
Resources for Those Who Have Lost Someone to Suicide
If you are bereaved by a suicide death, you may be in search of support for yourself and other loved ones. There are resources available online and in many communities that are specifically for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Due to COVID-19 this group has moved online – please call to register.
Hinds Hospice has adopted the Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss program, to continue to provide comprehensive grief support to the community. Fresno SOSL is a specialized program within the Hinds Hospice Center for Grief and Healing, and will continue to maintain support groups and services for those experiencing the loss of a loved one to suicide, as well as training, education and information and suicide prevention and education.
Friends For Survival, Inc. is a California-based outreach organization open to those who have lost family or friends by suicide, and also to professionals who work with those who have been touched by a suicide tragedy. FFS also offers monthly support groups.
The AFSP’s Suicide Survivors Outreach Program has trained volunteers who conduct in person visits to newly bereaved family. They also provide information about support groups and other local resources. Visit the website to find out how to request an outreach visit.