General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Behavioral Health

Tree graphicSuicide Prevention Information and Resources 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline / Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) (English)
1-888-628-9454 (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

Veterans, Service Members, and their Families

Veterans, Service Members, and their family and friends can call 1-800-273-8255 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.

For 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 aggitated
  • 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