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How To Help Someone Who May Be Thinking About Suicide

When we suspect someone may be thinking about dying by suicide, the fear can be paralyzing. It can be difficult to know what to do or what to say. Sometimes there is concern about “planting the idea in their head” by asking the question. It is important to know this is a myth. Having direct conversations about suicide can be lifesaving.

If you are not sure how to talk about suicide, visit the Know the Signs website. It has tools to help you recognize the signs of suicide and help someone through a crisis. With this knowledge, you can guide a person to the resources they need to get better.

Visit our Training page or contact YouMatterShasta@co.shasta.ca.us to learn about free training opportunities.

Establishing Care with a Primary Care Provider

Having a primary care provider is essential for maintaining overall health and wellbeing. They can manage your care and give referrals to specialists. If you do not currently have a provider, the resources below can help you find one.

Find Local Providers on the 211 Website:

You can also check out the Mental Health Provider List on Psychology Today.

(Please note: this is not a recommendation or endorsement of any one provider; this is a resource.)

Captain Awesome

Many American men feel pressure to suppress emotion. It is common for men to think they can’t show weakness or reach out for support to avoid being a “burden” to others. These expectations can be harmful to a man’s mental wellbeing. As reported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, men die from suicide 3-4 times more frequently than women.

The Captain Awesome campaign was created by Shasta County men to champion mental wellbeing, build resilience and inspire other men to seek help. Visit the Captain Awesome website to learn more.

Striving for Safety

Striving for Safety offers information and resources about means safety. Means safety is used to increase the time and space between someone’s thoughts of suicide and access to means to end their life.

Visit the Striving for Safety website to find means safety tips, tools and resources to help keep someone safe from suicide.

Hill Country Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT)

MCOT provides urgent mental health services to adults experiencing a mental health crisis. 

The MCOT team operates from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week. They will respond to crisis situations in locations within 25 miles of the Redding area. Services are available for people ages 18 and older.

Visit the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team website or call their general information line at 530-238-7134 to learn more.

For a crisis response, call 530-238-7133.

Hill Country CARE Center

The Hill Country CARE Center offers in-person, urgent mental health services in Shasta County. The CARE Center connects community members to local services to support their needs.

The CARE Center is located at 1401 Gold St., Suite B in Redding, CA. Services are available 365 days a year—Monday through Friday from noon – 9 p.m., and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

For more information, call 530-691-4446 or visit the Hill Country website.

one SAFE place

One Safe Place offers legal services, safety, and emotional support to people affected by intimate partner violence and sexual assault. 

For more information, visit One Safe Place Shasta or call 530-244-0117.

If you have been victim of sexual assault, you are not alone and help is available.

What is considered sexual assault?

How do I know if I need to see a doctor?

Shasta County Mental Health Access Team

The Mental Health Access Team supports Shasta County community members experiencing mental health or substance use concerns.

Crisis care and information is available 24/7 by phone. Walk-in services are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call 530-225-5252 or 888-385-5201 (toll free) for support. Visit the Mental Health page on the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency website for details.

Shasta County Hospitals

Shasta Regional Medical Center

1100 Butte Street
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 244-5400
shastaregional.com

Mercy medical center

2175 Rosaline Ave
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-6000
dignityhealth.org

mayers memorial hospital

43563 Highway 299 East
Fall River Mills, CA 96028
(530) 336-5511
mayersmemorial.com

Crisis And Help Lines​

You are not alone
Organization Contact Number
988 Suicide and Crisis LifelineText or call 988
Veterans Crisis LineCall 988 then Press 1
Deaf and Hard of HearingUse the American Sign Language or online chat feature on 988lifeline.org OR dial 711 then 988 for teletypewriter (TTY) users.
The Crisis Text LineText HOME to 741741
The Trevor Project866-488-7386
The Trans Lifeline877-565-8860
Shasta County Mental Health Services Access Team530-225-5252 / Toll Free: 888-385-5201
California Peer-Run Warm Line (non-crisis support)855-600-9276
Friendship Line California888-670-1360
California Youth Crisis Line800-843-5200
Teen Line (Teen-to-Teen Hotline)800-852-8336 or text TEEN to 839863
Your Life, Your Voice (Hotline for kids, teens, and young adults)800-448-3000
Disaster Distress Helpline800-985-5990
National Child Abuse Hotline800-422-4453
National Dating Abuse Helpline866-331-9474
National Runaway Safeline800-786-2929
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)800-656-4673
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)Treatment and Referral Information Helpline:800-662-4357