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If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at:

800-273-TALK (8255)


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Text Line: TEXTME
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour, immediate, confidential, over-the-phone suicide prevention services to anyone who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Lifeline is also available to support those concerned about others who may be at risk.

Critical Signs

Learn the signs of suicide and how to connect with help now. If you notice any of these critical signs, step in or speak up right away. If any of these critical signs are present, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255):

  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Seeking methods for self-harm or suicide, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

Learn the Signs

Pain isn't always obvious, but most people who are thinking about suicide show some signs. Take the time to learn what to do now so you're ready to be there for a friend or loved one when it matters most.

To learn more about the risk factors, warning signs of suicide and how to start a conversation, go to:


Crisis Resources

Teen Crisis Text Line
Text: Text HOME to 741741
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Crisis Text Line provides free emotional support and information to teens in any type of crisis, including feeling suicidal. You can text with a trained specialist 24 hours a day.

Phone: 866-488-7386
Text: Text START to 678-678
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Trained counselors available to support young people who are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.

Crisis Assessment Team (Health Care Agency)
Phone: 866-830-6011
Text: Text START to 678-678
Children's CAT Website:
Adult CAT Website:
Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Farsi languages available
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The Crisis Assessment Team (CAT) assists individuals of all ages who are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, It is staffed by behavioral health clinicians who respond in-person to any psychiatric emergency call throughout Orange County.

Other Mental Health Resources

Teen Line
Phone: 800-852-8336
Text: Text TEEN to 839863
Hours: 6pm-10pm PST (phone)

Teen Line is a non-profit, community based organization that provides emotional support to youth. It is our mission to provide peer based education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, community outreach and online support.

OC WarmLine
Phone: 877-910-WARM (877-910-9276)
Languages: Services are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi and other languages.
Hours: 24/7

The NAMI WarmLine provides telephone-based, non-crisis support for anyone struggling with mental health issues or addiction.

OC Links
Phone: 855 OC-LINKS (855-625-4657)
Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi; Interpretation for other languages is available via a language translation service.
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. -6 p.m.

OC Links is an information and referral phone and online chat service to help callers navigate the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) system within the Health Care Agency for the County of Orange. Callers are connected to Behavioral Health clinical Navigators who link callers to the appropriate service.

Survivor’s Support Services
Phone: (714) 547-0885
Languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Arabic

The Survivor Support Services program provides support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide and those who have survived a suicide attempt. The program offers crisis support bereavement groups and provides education to the community on suicide prevention and intervention.

Main Phone: 714-953-LGBTQ (5428)
Counseling Phone: 714-953-5428 ext. 330

The LGBTQ Center OC’s mission is to advocate on behalf of the Orange County Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer/Questioning communities and provide services that ensure its well-being and positive identity.

With Hope, the Amber Craig Memorial Foundation
Phone: (714)-524-1996

With Hope, the Amber Craig Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention through improving mental health awareness and education in our schools and throughout our community. The organization has pledged to make available, speakers, materials, resources, and support services, to schools and throughout communities.

Directing Change Program and Film Contest

Engages young adults to learn about the warning signs for suicide, the importance of mental health, and how to help a friend, through the creation of short films. These films are used in schools and communities to raise awareness and start conversations about these topics. To view films, visit the website above.

Be Well OC

Find COVID-19-related mental health educational materials, community resources and behavioral health support at the Be Well OC COVID-19 support site, Help Happens Here