Suicide Prevention Initiative

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

1-888-334-0163
or
Central Valley 24/7 Hotline:  

1-888-506-5991

Suicide Prevention Month Drive-Thru Event

Please join us on September 29, 2020 for a Mental Health and Wellness Drive-Thru Resource Event in honor of Suicide Prevention Month.

The event will be held from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. at 301 East 13th Street, Merced, California, in the parking lot on the 15th Street side of the building. The event will include suicide prevention resources, information about health and wellness workshops, free t-shirts, backbacks, and snacks (while supplies last).

This is a socially distanced outreach event and masks are required. Contact (866) 626-6472 for more information.

View or download the Suicide Prevention event flyer.

Flyer for Suicide Prevention and Awareness Outreach Drive Through Event on 09-29-2020
Suicide Prevention Hope Awareness Ribbon-Teal and Purple
Merced County's Suicide Prevention Initiative, launched in May 2018, 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) conducts Suicide Prevention activities and presentations throughout the year. 
View the Suicide Prevention presentation below. Download a PDF copy of the presentation
2020 Suicide Prevention Proclamation for Web

Suicide Prevention in Merced County

Click on the Proclamation above or here to view the 2020 Proclamation of Suicide Prevention Month.
Visit the Suicide Prevention Events Page to view photos of our Suicide Prevention efforts.

2020 Suicide Prevention Week Emails from Each Mind Matters

Merced County's ongoing Suicide Prevention Initiative efforts will be held in cooperation with our community partners and local schools, 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 MHSA@co.merced.ca.us or call 209-381-6800.