CalMHSA - Know the Signs

The signs of mental pain or challenges aren’t always outwardly obvious. However, many people who are at risk of dying by suicide do show some warning signs in behavior and mood. By recognizing these signs, family and friends can help those individuals seek help before tragedy occurs. The Know The Signs campaign for the California Mental Health Services Authority is built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. With these three steps, Know the Signs teaches Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources. The campaign visually illustrates how the warning signs of suicide can be present in our friends, neighbors and family; we just need help recognizing the signs to offer understanding and support.

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Posters were distributed to counties across California and made available to clinics and community centers.

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