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
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
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
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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.