Oceanside and Camp Pendleton: Mental Health Resources

September is Suicide Prevention Month

By Stephanie Freeman and Lovedy Carroll September 7, 2023

September is World Suicide Prevention Month and is a good time to remind ourselves that our words, actions, and support can truly make a difference in the lives of those who are facing the darkness of mental health challenges. We must acknowledge the pain that some individuals are silently enduring and let them know they are not alone. It's also a good time to share national and local resources in place to help those in crisis.

Mental health resources

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately. Uncomfortable on the phone? You can chat the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at Know you are not alone. There is help available, and there are people who care deeply about your well-being. 

Along with the national Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, there are also several options in Oceanside and Camp Pendleton for finding help for you or someone you know who is experiencing a mental health crisis or thoughts of suicide. Some of those options include:

  • California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
  • San Diego Crisis Hotline: 1-888-724-7240
  • San Diego County United Behavioral Health Access & Crisis Line, 24 hours / 7 days: 1-800-479-3339 or (619) 641-6992 TDD
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Text TALK to 741741

Veterans and Military Families: 

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Offer kindness, empathy, and support

During this World Suicide Prevention Month, let's be a beacon of hope for those in need. Our willingness to offer unwavering support, paired with our capacity to listen without judgment, can alter the trajectory of someone's life. Together, we can work towards creating a community where mental health is openly discussed, where struggles are met with compassion, and where every individual knows that they matter.

Let's unite in kindness, empathy, and solidarity. Let's light up the darkness with love and understanding. Remember, there's always hope – and there's always help.