Suicide Prevention - Ask the Question

You Might Save a Life

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If you are in a life-threatening situation, do not use this site.
Call the national US Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline, at

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:   1-800-273-talk (8255)

Your call will be routed to the crisis center near you.
If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you are worried about someone else taking their life the most effective thing that you can do is...


For more tips on how to do this please read on...

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer
- Ask A Question, Save A Life

The very simple QPR process is outlined in this San Diego Health and Human Services QPR Powerpoint presentation.  Feel free to download it from the San Diego Community Health Improvement Partners website HERE or click the QPR image on this page.


The QPR process can be used by anyone. It is easy to learn. It is effective. You can do it yourself and maybe save a life.

This Health and Human Services document has information on the QPR method including suicide myths, facts, how to ask the suicide question and how and where to get help.


Call: 800-479-3339
If you need information for you or a loved one about how to handle a mental health crisis, you can talk to a trained professional to help with your specific situation. The Access & Crisis Line is confidential and available 24/7 in all languages. TDD is available for the hearing impaired at 619-641-6992

DIAL 2-1-1 
Your call is free & confidential and will be answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This local non-profit provides access to 6,000 health, social, community and disaster services, resources and programs through their online database. They serve all of San Diego County, including veterans and active military. Find more information at

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If there is no imminent emergency but you'd like to talk to someone about yourself or someone you know, contact our St. Therese Mental Health Ministry. They are parishioners like you who are willing to listen and provide comfort in difficult times. They can also refer you to professionals who can get you more help.