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Suicide Prevention

Each year about 5,000 young people ages 15 to 24 kill themselves. The rate of suicide for this age group has nearly tripled since 1960. And although suicide is not the leading cause of death, white men over 85 have the highest suicide rates.

What are the warning signs for suicide?

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.

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the user of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

Our counselors can help.
Call the North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline at (855) 587-6373.

If you or a loved one is experiencing depression or contemplating suicide, our trained staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can receive support and information, in any language, about local resources to assist you in seeking help.


Know the Signs
Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out.

Fact Sheet: Older Adults: Depression and Suicide
Source: National Institute of Mental Health.

ReachOut is an information and support service using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues.

Content provided by the Behavioral Health Division of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the North Bay Suicide Prevention Project.

Get Help Now

North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline
(855) 587-6373

24-hour hotline.
Interpreters available.
Help for you or a loved one.

Línea Directa de Prevención del Suicidio del Norte de la Bahía del Condado de Sonoma
(855) 587-6373

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Get the MY3 Suicide Prevention App
MY3 is a free app that lets you stay connected when you are having thoughts of suicide.

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