Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

5 WAYS FOR CHANGE: Help Prevent Suicide & Promote Awareness without Stigma

You can #BetheChange:
#SpeakUp #LeadbyExample #EducateYourself #GetInvolved #ShowSupport
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Challenge harmful language and attitudes when you hear them, and educate others about the impact of language on mental health.

Each mind matters and if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis there are tools and ways to reach out. 

You are not alone, ask for help, someone WILL listen.

Connect with People You Trust: If you’re struggling, it’s okay to share your feelings.

To start, you could copy on of these pre-written messages and send it to a trusted contact.


  • Reach out - When you get a chance can you contact me? I feel really alone and suicidal, and could use some support.
  • Contact a loved one - I don’t want to die, but I don't know how to live. Talking with you may help me feel safe. Are you free to talk?
  • Express your feelings - This is really hard for me to say but I’m having painful thoughts and it might help to talk. Are you free?
  • Check-in - I’m struggling right now and just need to talk to someone — can we chat?

Connect Locally - Placer County 24/7 Crisis lines:

Adult: 1-916-787-8860 or 1-888-886-5401


Children's: 1-916-872-6549 or 1-866-293-1940     


Connect to 988:

  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 and someone is ALWAYS there to listen.
  • Additional help lines: HERE
    • Crisis Text
    • National Maternal Health hotline
    • Military Helpline
    • TrevorLifeline
    • Veterans Crisis line
    • LGBT National hotline
    • Games and Online Harassment hotline
    • Hey Sam (Peer to Peer texting for youth to 24) call or text
    • Txt4Help 24/7 helpline for youth

More Local Support Resources:


Use language that is respectful, accurate and non-judgmental when referring to individuals living with mental illness.

Showing others it is okay to ask for help AND a great way to lead by example!

If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, and/or signs of depression and don't know where to start, this may help guide you.








Learn about mental health and barriers or challenges someone with mental illness may overcome. 

Learn the ways in which language can reduce stigma and discrimination.

Below are a few events to educate the public and prevent suicide:

Recovery Happens  -                      A Community Event

Saturday - September 30th 2023 - 10am to 2pm


(Food, Music & More)

Safety Planning A Suicide Prevention & Crisis De-escalation Training

Friday - September 29th - 12PM to 1PM


Presented by Tahoe Truckee Suicide Prevention Coalition & The Speedy Foundation


  • Risk Factors for crisis
  • Protective factors
  • Potential warning signs
  • How to express concern
  • Safety Planning
  • Resources


Online Educational Opportunities (Pre-recorded Webinars):

Suicide Prevention Resources Center – (list of full trainings click here)

  • The Power of Human Connections: Improving the Treatment of Suicidality with the Insights of Lived Experience
  • Digital Mental Health Interventions for Suicide Prevention among Young Adults
  • CBT for Suicidal Behavior
  • Supporting Tribal Youth at Risk for Suicide: Honoring Children, Mending the Circle
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide
  • Creating and Using Partnerships to Reduce Access to Lethal Means: Part 1 and Part 2

National Institute of Mental Health (Pre-recorded Webinar):

Other Educational Pre-recorded Webinars:


Participate in awareness campaigns, volunteer with organizations dedicated to reducing mental health stigma.

Advocate for policy changes that promote inclusion and understanding.

Get involved LOCALLY! Join a few awareness campaigns in September and October:

Out of the Darkness - Placer County Walk: 
Saturday - October 7th 2023 - 9AM

Youth Uniting to Build Community Wellness
Saturday - September 30th - 10AM-3PM
NAMI Family-to-Family
September 26th to November 7th - 8 Sessions






Take the pledge to #BetheChange
  • Visit Placer4MentalHealth and pledge your support and join Placer County to #BreaktheStigma.
  • Work together to create a world where everyone, regardless of their mental health, is treated with dignity and respect.
  • Encourage other to take the pledge.
Reach out to someone you know who is living with mental illness and offer them your support and understanding.  Start the conversation of support:
In Crisis? Call 1-800-273-8255

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