Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Resources


SAMHSA- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 988 Frequently Asked Questions

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline: 
Call 988. 
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. 988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.  

Reasons to call: Thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotion distress. People can call or text 988 or chat for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

California Youth Crisis Line: Statewide Common challenges facing youth: Depression, Self Harm, Runaway/Homeless, Suicide, Bullying, LGBTQ support, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, Teen Pregnancy, Dating / Domestic Concerns
Text or Call (800) 853-5200
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Contra Costa County Crisis Hotline: If you are experiencing a mental or emotional crisis or having thoughts of suicide, call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 any time of day or night. TEXT "211" or call 1-800-833-2900

NAMI Crisis Text Line: 1-800-950-NAMI / TEXT "NAMI" to 741741 from anywhere in the United States to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Rainbow Community Center: A non-crisis resource for LGBTQIA2S+ local support. Confidential Intake Line
Call: (925) 692-2056 for support.

The Trevor Project: 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI+) people under the age of 25 as well as their friends and allies.
Call: (866) 488-7386, TEXT “START” to 678678, or use TrevorChat online.

Trans Lifeline: A grassroots hotline and non-profit organizations offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis.
Call (877) 565-8860 for support. Search and connect to support. Financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help.

Teen Suicide Prevention: Youtube video presented by the Mayo Clinic -  Resource Video

Resources and Information for Unhoused and Foster Youth

211: 211 is the most comprehensive source of information about local resources and services in the country 
Call 211 to find support

Safe Place - Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

Shelter Inc:  Provides many services to help you obtain or maintain housing

Hope Solutions: Seeks to combat the effects of poverty and homelessness by providing permanent housing solutions and vital support services to highly vulnerable families and individuals.

iFoster for Youth: Evidence and trauma-informed programs to prepare foster youth for independence

iFoster for Caregivers: Online resources and supports, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call: (855) 936-7837 for support.

Rainbow Community Center's
 Unhoused Transitional Youth Program Serves LGBTQIA+ youth ages 12-24 years old experiencing houselessness, victims of violence, and are in crisis

Youth Homes' Family Pathways Program: Foster Youth are subjected to many changes and upheavals, both before and during the process that leads to placement. The Family Pathways Program provides specialty mental health services that include Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), Intensive Home-Based Services (IHBS), and Individual and Family Therapy for foster youth and their families. 

Youth Homes' Transitional Age Youth Program and Transition-Age Youth-Full Service Partnership (TAY-FSP): As under-resourced and vulnerable Transition Age Youth (TAY) shift into independent living, they must deal with the unexpected realities of becoming an adult. Unhoused youth qualify for TAY services focus on providing clients with mental and behavioral health support.  TAY-FSP focuses on individuals and young adults, aged 16-25, living with sever emotional challenges and life stressors.

Youth Homes' Enrichment ProgramsNon-traditional therapeutic opportunities meant to support the practical and emotional upheaval that can happen as part of a child's placement into foster care.

Subsidized employment opportunities for Unhoused and Foster Youth through Contra Costa County Office of Education, Youth Services Department: Complete the Workforce Interest Form to provide referral information.

Resources and Information for Parents can offer education and therapeutic support to empower and give you hope as you support your child’s mental health.

Other Resources and Information for Parents Provided in links below:

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Feeling Anxious or Worried? Listen to These 8 Podcasts (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) - Emotional Problems

Mental Health Resources for Spanish-Speaking (Translated from Spanish)

National Parent HelplineGet emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.
Call 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) to get support, available Monday through Friday from 10 A.M - 7 P.M.
Short-term Family Based Behavioral Intervention:

Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS): Program focuses on emphasizing the family's strengths and abilities while building skills to help reduce negative  behaviors.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Staff

Links provided below contain Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Staff:

California Surgeon General's Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19

Educator Resilience and Trauma-Informed Self-Care (PDF)

 Evaluating Staff Well-Being and Job Satisfaction Across Your District (PDF)

Mental Health America's COVID-19 and Your Mental Health (PDF)

Staying Resilient During COVID-19: Compassion Resilient Toolkit

Student Well-Being Index - Educator's Guide 

 Wellness Tools

Workplace Mental Health: Employee Support Guide

Workplace Mental Health and Wellness

Bullying Prevention Training & Resources

Bullying prevention training materials, publications and resources, including community-based organizations, for educators, parents, and community members for recognizing bullying behavior and approaches for determining how to respond.

Assembly Bill 2291, which became effective on January 1, 2019, requires that local educational agencies (LEAs) adopt, on or before December 31, 2019, procedures for preventing acts of bullying, including cyberbullying. It requires that the California Department of Education (CDE) post a list of available online training modules relating to bullying or bullying prevention in addition to the existing CDE training module and that LEAs make training available to certificated and all other school site employees who have regular interaction with students.

Online Bullying Training Module

Bullying Module
The CDE Online Bullying Training Module and Bullying presentation is mandated by Assembly Bill 1993 and California Education Code Section 32283.5. The Online Bullying Training Module and Bullying Module will assist all school staff, school administrators, parents, pupils, and community members in increasing their knowledge of the dynamics of bullying. The Online Bullying Training Module presentation and Bullying Module identify acts of bullying and suggest strategies to address bullying.

Bullying Prevention Training Course  
This free training provides guidance on how to take a public health approach to bullying prevention with long-term, community-wide prevention strategies. Take the course and make a difference today.

National Alliance for Youth Sports: Bullying Prevention Training 
This program is designed to provide valuable information on bullying and add to what coaches, parents, and administrators should know regarding bullying prevention. Bullying awareness and prevention is an important issue in youth sports today as it affects the health and well-being of children participating in all sports, and at all levels. This free training may be taken for a certificate issued by National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS).

Teachers’ Essential Guide to Cyberbullying Prevention
This guide is provided by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that "provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children." The guide responds to the questions, What is cyberbullying? How common is it? And what can teachers do about it? Get advice and resources (English and Spanish) to support your students.

Keenan Bullying Recognition/Response

Keenan Safeschool’s Bullying: Recognition and Response course trains staff how to recognize and react to bullying situations, as well as their obligations to help prevent bullying/cyberbullying. The course helps users understand the complexities of bullying by examining its characteristics, development, and underlying causes. It also discusses the roles of victims, bullies, and bystanders and offers ways for staff to deal with each. This course is designed for all school staff members in California. A certificate will be issued by Keenan upon completion.

Other Resources, Websites, Publications, and Blogs

The Bridge Between Suicide and Life - Video
For many years, Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of the San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. In a sobering, deeply personal talk, Briggs shares stories from those he's spoken - and listened - to standing on the edge of life. He offers a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.

Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health
This site addresses creating a safe environment for youth with disabilities and federal civil rights laws.

Bullying at School  
This CDE publication addresses bullying behavior and hate-motivated behavior, including definitions, effects, and prevention strategies.

Cyberbullying - Definition, Prevention, and Reporting
Cyberbullying happens when children bully each other through electronic technology. Find out why cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying, what you can do to prevent it, and how you can report it when it happens.

Cyberbullying Research Center
The Cyberbullying Research Center is a clearinghouse of information about cyberbullying among adolescents. It provides information on the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying, as well as resources on how to prevent and respond to online aggression.

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network)
This network provides resources and support for schools to implement effective and age-appropriate anti-bullying programs to improve school climate for all students. 

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students. Bullying is defined as a form of unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and that is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. This site describes physical, verbal, social bullying, and cyberbullying and features resources. 

National Crime Prevention Council  
The National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

The site provides a summary of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program developed by the Olweus Group. It is a comprehensive model that defines bullying/cyberbullying and utilizes annual surveys, classroom curriculum, implementation resources, and training.
PACER National Bullying Prevention Center

The organization provides classroom, family, and community resources and materials related to bullying and cyberbullying prevention, activities and events, and stories. Spanish language materials are available.

Stop Bullying is a national organization that provides information for students and adults defining bullying/cyberbullying, and offering advice on how to address the issues, resources, and materials.

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. It includes classroom resources and materials on bullying, cyberbullying, and school climate among many other topics related to tolerance.

*The Wellness In Schools Program is not for crisis intervention.

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