Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling

If you or someone you know needs help, call 415-499-1100, Marin County’s only 24/7 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline.

Suicidal crises tend to be brief. Most people do not want to die – they just want to end the pain they are experiencing. When suicidal behavior is detected early, a life can be saved.

Our caring telephone counselors provide immediate and confidential support through the Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling phone lines at all times day and night. A group for Survivors of Suicide facilitated by trained counselors is offered twice a year.sui-1

There is hope…we can help.

Warning Signs of Suicide:

o    Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.

o    Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.

o    Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

o    Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.

o    Talking about being a burden to others.

o    Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.

o    Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.

o    Sleeping too little or too much.

o    Withdrawing or feeling isolated.

o    Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

o    Displaying extreme mood swings. 

North Bay Suicide Prevention Program

Family Service Agency of Marin has provided the 24/7 Suicide Prevention Hotline for Marin County since 1971. In 2012 we expanded to serve the three additional North Bay counties of Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino through a collaboration with county behavioral health services and funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority.

The toll-free North Bay Regional 24/7 Suicide Prevention Hotline number is

For more information about the North Bay Suicide Prevention Project please contact:
415-499-1193, extension 3004.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are vital to our 24/7 service. To volunteer on our Hotline, individuals must successfully complete our Hotline Training Class. The class is supervised by the Program Director, a licensed MFT, and includes information on the following topics: identifying individuals in suicidal or other types of crisis; communication; counseling; active listening skills; and suicide/crisis intervention techniques and other subjects.

The 40-hour training classes are held in San Rafael for 6 weeks on Tuesdays nights from 7-10pm with one all day Saturday class. For those becoming volunteers there are 4 additional Tuesday nights 7-9pm. Classes are held in February, May, and September of each year.

Community Education

QPR Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that help save a life from suicide:

  • 60-120 minutes, no cost, appropriate for anyone over 13 years old
  • recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • know how to offer hope
  • know how to get help and save a life

Please contact Nohemi Lopez at (415) 499-1193 ext. 3005 for more information.