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Updated August 13, 2014

Sonoma County's mental health community mourns the loss of Robin Williams. An inspirational artist and friend to many, Mr. Williams' public disclosure of his mental health challenges reminds us that people living with mental illness are not defined by their diagnoses but by the entirety of their human spirit.

Sonoma County Department of Health Services - Behavioral Health Division provides resources for people and their loved ones that are experiencing depression and/or thoughts of suicide. The North Bay Suicide Prevention hotline is a toll-free, confidential 24/7 suicide prevention hotline (1-855-587-6373) that will connect you a trained crisis counselor.

Get Help Now

If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis you can get help 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling Sonoma County's 24-hour Emergency Mental Health Hotline: (800) 746-8181. To find out more about how to access mental health resources in Sonoma County call (707) 565-6900 or (800) 870-8786 at or visit the Behavioral Health website.

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.

Learn More

Know the SignsLearn the facts about suicide; most importantly that suicide is preventable. Visit www.suicideispreventable.org to learn how you can support others who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide, and find local resources such as crisis hotline and support groups that can find care.

NAMI Sonoma CountyNAMI Sonoma County is a grassroots family, client and community member organization, dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental health challenges and the lives of their families and friends. Visit the NAMI Sonoma County website for more information.

Each Mind MattersThrough Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement, California's county mental health organizations, mental health service providers, organizations of mental health consumers and their families, employers, educators, and young leaders are working to eliminate the stigma around mental illness and empower Californians with the knowledge to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to intervene to save a life.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline will connect you to a trained crisis counselor at your nearest local crisis center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For Spanish language counselors, call 1-888-628-9454.


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

Know the Signs

Suicide Prevention

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

What's New

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

A safe, anonymous space for youth (13-24 years) going through tough times. Join the conversation.

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About the North Bay Suicide Prevention Project
Includes information about community education opportunities for evidence-based suicide prevention training.

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