Suicide Prevention Initiative

If you need immediate help, please call:
Merced County 24/7 Help Line:  

Central Valley 24/7 Hotline:  


Suicide Prevention Hope Awareness Ribbon-Teal and Purple
Merced County's Suicide Prevention Initiative is a new campaign to educate about suicide prevention, to outreach to county residents and to work together to build a Suicide Safer Community. The goal of this initiative is to save lives by raising public awareness and educating communities.  Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is planning Suicide Prevention activities, presentations and information for Suicide Prevention Week and beyond.

Suicide Prevention Week Messages from Each Mind Matters:
 Monday 9/10/18:  Avoiding a Case of the Mondays and Today is World Suicide Prevention Day
 Wednesday 9/12/18:  Can Suicide Be Prevented?
 Thursday 9/13/18:  It is Never too Early to Start Talking about Suicide Prevention  
 Friday 9/14/18:  Promoting Healthy Workplaces 

Suicide Prevention in Merced County

Merced County's ongoing Suicide Prevention Initiative efforts will include educational presentations and events throughout the year. These events will be held in cooperation with our community partners, and will be designed to inform individuals about suicide risks and warning signs and to ask them to make the Suicide Prevention Pledge to:

  • Tell someone if you need help
  • Be aware of the suicide warning signs in others
  • Ask directly about suicide if you are worried about someone
  • Listen without judgment and do what you can to keep them safe

The semicolon (;)

The semicolon (;) is one of the key symbols of suicide prevention and of the Merced County Initiative. A semicolon is used when a sentence could have been ended, but it wasn't.  

Your story is not over ;
Keep writing your story

Links and Resources

If you have any questions about the Suicide Prevention Initiative, please email or call 209-381-6800.