September 9 – 15 is National Suicide Prevention Week, to spread awareness about the warning signs of suicide and to offer support to those who have lost someone to suicide.

About 75 Sonoma County residents die by suicide each year. This devastating number does not represent the depth of the problem because for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan, or try to take their own life. Each life lost to suicide also creates a deep and lasting ripple effect within families and communities. We can prevent suicide, and everyone has a role to play to support those at risk.

Suicide is Preventable. Know the Signs.

DHS encourages you to reach out to any of your friends, family and co-workers who may be having difficulty coping. Visit www.suicideispreventable.org to know the signs, find the words to start a conversation with someone you are concerned about, and to find resources you can reach out to for support.

Local Resources in West County

West County Community Services offers free walk-in crisis counseling in Guerneville. We also have a FEMA-funded crisis counseling program called California Hope Sonoma, for fire survivors. The Russian River Empowerment Center offers a peer-operated self-hope program for people with mental health challenges.

Additional Resources

North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline of Sonoma County 1-855-587-6373
For anyone struggling: trained, compassionate people are ready to listen to you.

– Call anytime: 1-800-273-8255 or text to 741741 for English or en Español: 1-888-628-9454 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

– Or call the North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-855-587-6373.