Social Emotional Support

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  • If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, there is help.  Please don't keep it a secret!  


    You can also make an anonymous CALL FOR HELP.  1-800-273-8255  National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service   


    What Is Depression?

    Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression.  Learn more about depression here.

    Suicide Prevention and Awareness 

    September is national suicide prevention month. The purpose of having a month dedicated to suicide prevention is to decrease the stigma around mental health and increase suicide prevention awareness. A component of increasing awareness is understanding mental health and substance use disorders while celebrating recovery. Help build resilience by encouraging help-seeking conversations in our community! We have included resources and activities to spread the message about suicide prevention, emotional resiliency, recovery, and hope.  


    Suicide Prevention Activity Tip Sheet (Links to an external site.) 

    Know the Signs (Links to an external site.) 

    Riverside County Suicide Prevention Awareness and National Recovery month September Activity Calendar (Links to an external site.) 

    3rd place winner of the Directing Change video contest (Links to an external site.) (Murrieta Valley High School) 

    Suicide can be prevented. Many of us have been touched by the tragedy of suicide. We may have lost someone close to us or been moved by the loss of someone we may have never met. Suicide can be prevented; you can help by taking the following actions:  

    • Find the Words: If you are concerned about someone, ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. This can be difficult to do but being direct provides an opportunity for them to open up and talk about their distress and will not suggest the idea to them if they aren’t already thinking about it. The “Find the Words” section of the Know the Signs web site ( (Links to an external site.)) suggests ways to start the conversation.  
    • Reach Out: You are not alone in this. Before having the conversation, become familiar with some resources to offer to the person you are concerned about. Visit the Reach Out section of California’s Suicide Prevention campaign web site ( (Links to an external site.)) to identify where you can find help for your friend or loved one.  


    Crisis Resource Lines 

    Local Suicide Crisis Line: (951)686-HELP 

    COVID-19 Info Line: 2-1-1 

    RUHS-Behavioral Health Access Line: 1(800)706-7500  

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800)273-TALK  

    Suicide Prevention Resources  

    When someone takes their own life, people react differently. Those who did not know the person very well may not be affected, while close friends or family members may experience a great deal of sadness.  If you observe any behavioral or emotional changes in your child following the death of a friend or family member, it may be an indication that he or she is having difficulty coping.  
    You can also make an anonymous CALL FOR HELP.
    • 1-800-273-8255  National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service  
    • We Hear You (800)843-5200
    • S.A.F.E. Teen Connection (951)587-3900

    Teen Line

    Operated by teens, for teens, Teen Line helps adolescents address their problems through a confidential peer hotline and community outreach program, from abuse, AIDS, alcoholism, depression, divorce, drugs, and gangs to homelessness, pregnancy, sexuality, violence and suicide. Toll-free in California, it’s a place to talk things out with another teen in a safe, non-judgmental environment.  

    • 1-800-TLC-TEEN (1-800-852-8336) or 310-855-HOPE (310-855-4673)
      Nightly 6:00 pm-10:00 pm (PST)

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Last Modified on November 4, 2021