Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255


Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.


NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.


Find a Local NAMI

September marks Suicide Awareness Month (plus Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 6-12, and Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10).

The statistics are alarming:

  • 10% of young adults say they experienced suicidal thoughts in the past year
  • 17% of high school students say they seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year
  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 31% since 2001

We can take actions to prevent suicide. Check out our guide to suicide prevention, which includes warning signs, risk factors, and advice for support in a crisis.

Have you been impacted by suicide? When we share our insights and stories, we can help others feel less alone, end stigma, and inspire others to get the help they need.

Community Voices: Suicide Prevention

  • We value your comments! By submitting your answer, you agree to allow NAMI California to share it in our communications efforts to help others. You can choose to share your name or remain anonymous.

Do you have an essay or blog post to share for consideration?


We’re a proud sponsor of the Living Works Youth Summit on September 15, for students residing in California.

Help for a Crisis

  • National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • Crisis Text Line send “NAMI” to 741741
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
  • Teen and Youth Hotline: 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336)