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.


  • 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


American Association of Suicidology

Organization to provide information on suicide.

Befrienders Worldwide

Provides general info and listings of volunteer emotional support centers worldwide.

California Youth Crisis Line

Sacramento, CA 95816


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. 

Crisis Chat

Online Chat service. If you can’t reach a chat specialist, call 1-800-273-TALK(8255) for emotional support.

Los Angeles County Youth Suicide Prevention Project

Los Angeles, CA


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

Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center

1983 Marengo St,
Los Angeles, CA 90033


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.

Reach Out

General info about teen crisis issues

Suicide Prevention Center

4760 Sepulveda Blvd,
Culver City, CA 90230


Hotline phone (24 hours): 1-877-727-4747 - Hotline, information, referrals, suicide prevention counseling.

The Trevor Project

West Hollywood, CA 90069



Crisis line for LGBT youth younger than 25 years old. National line with referrals in all areas. 

Yellow Ribbon

Suicide prevention program for teens and parents

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

Westminster, CO 80036



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

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