Suicide Prevention Info and Resources

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline / Línea 988 de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis:
Call 988 (English)
Marque 988 (Español)

El Dorado County Behavioral Health Division
24-Hour Crisis Phone Line - Psychiatric Emergency Services
(530) 622-3345 West Slope
(530) 544-2219 South Lake Tahoe

National Crisis Text Line

24-Hour Text Crisis Line
Text "Hello" to 741741

Text "Hello" to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from their secure online platform. The first two responses are automated. They tell you that you’re being connected with a Crisis Counselor and invite you to share a bit more. The Crisis Counselor is a trained volunteer, not a professional. They can provide support, but not medical advice.

Veterans, Service Members, and their Families

Veterans, Service Members, and their family and friends can call 988 and Press 1, or chat online at Please be aware that when a person contacts the Veterans Crisis Line, the recording on the answering system is that you have reached the National Suicide Hotline, also supporter of the Veterans Crisis Line. Text messages can be sent to 838255 to reach a trained USDVA responder for support and referrals.

Behavioral Health Prevention Programs and Wellness Clinics

Adult and Children's Services
(530) 621-6290 West Slope
(530) 573-7970 South Lake Tahoe

Are you, a friend or loved one suicidal? Warning signs:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
  • Seeking access to means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Feeling worthless or a lack of purpose
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities
  • Feeling trapped, hopeless or desperate
  • Giving away possessions
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from family, friends or society
  • Demonstrating rage and anger or seeking revenge
  • Appearing agitated
  • Having a dramatic change in mood

How You Can Help

  • Let the person know you are concerned and willing to help
  • Express empathy for what the person is going through
  • Encourage the person to do most of the talking