“Since my father died, I have been so depressed, and sometimes I think it would just hurt less to kill myself.” – 13 year old

For immediate emergencies only, dial 911.

If someone talks to you about suicide, take it seriously. A friend may tell you he or she is thinking of killing him or herself and ask you to keep it secret. THIS IS A SECRET YOU CANNOT KEEP! To be a good friend, encourage the person talking about suicide to talk to an adult he or she trusts or suggest they call TEEN LINE to talk in confidence to a teen.

If you think someone may be suicidal, don’t be afraid to ask. Mentioning suicide will not give the person the idea or push them over the edge. Talking about it can prevent it from happening. The crisis period usually lasts only a short time. WITH PROFESSIONAL HELP, A SUICIDAL PERSON CAN GET BETTER.

Some Warning Signs:
  • Talking about committing suicide
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Having a specific plan for committing suicide
  • Dramatic changes in behavior
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Recent loss of a loved one


800-843-5200California Youth Crisis Line

24 hours
Crisis phone counseling, information, and referrals for all problems ages 12-24. Bilingual when available. Can connect without charge to parent/guardian or other agency. Message relay service.

951-686-4357Help Line (Riverside)

24 hours
Free and confidential crisis and suicide hotline. Information and referrals to any type of services within the community including food, shelter, medical care, counseling.

323-226-5581Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center

24 hours
Mobile Response: (800) 854-7771
Emergency: (323) 226-2622
Suicide Hotline: (800) 727-4747
Full service psychiatric medical center. Outreach team gives referrals and evaluations for hospitalization. Provides other mental health services.

800-273-TALK[8255]Los Angeles County Youth Suicide Prevention Project

Provides information about the prevention, intervention, and post-vention of suicide among youth. Provides information and resources.

877-727-4747Suicide Prevention Hotline

24 hours

Hotline phone:1-800-784-2433 ; 1-877-727-4747 and 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK
Hotline, information, referrals, suicide prevention counseling.

866-488-7386Trevor Lifeline

24 hour

Also 800-850-8078
Crisis line for LGBT youth younger than 25 years old. National line with referrals in all areas.

800-273-8255Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

24 hours

Outreach service to schools, youth programs. Distributes cards so youth feel comfortable asking for help. Redirects to a hotline for crisis services.