School-based Initiatives: Suicide Prevention

Did you know?

  • In Ventura County, suicide is the fourth leading cause of premature death.
  • Nationally, it is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24.
  • The fastest growing age group for suicide is 10 to 14 years (grades 5 to 9).
  • For each completed suicide there are 100 to 200 attempts.

Warning Signs of Suicide

Suicide warning signs are not always obvious. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.

  • Talking or writing about suicide. Making statements such as, “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I was dead,” or “I am just so tired of life”.
  • Buying guns or knives, or stockpiling pills
  • Withdrawing from social contact
  • Severe mood swings
  • Thinking constantly about death, dying or violence
  • Depression or a sense of hopelessness
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changing normal routine, including eating and sleeping patterns
  • Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order
  • Saying goodbye to people as if for the last time
  • Personality changes, such as an outgoing person becoming withdrawn, or a well-behaved person suddenly acting rebellious
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Get Help Now

If you think you or someone you are concerned about may attempt suicide, get help right now.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Call a suicide hotline number:
  • Call 877-727-4747 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) the Ventura County Suicide Prevention Center Crisis Line.
  • Call 866-431-2478 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families' Crisis Line.
  • In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor for free, confidential help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Helpful Resources

  • Learn more, including warning signs that are specific to teens and older adults at Know the Signs.
  • Read about suicide prevention, tips on keeping yourself safe, and local resources at
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
  • You Matter was created to let people know that suicide is preventable. If you need support during those tough times, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) can help you through.
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

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