988 and the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Beginning July 16, 2022 instead of dialing 911, emergency calls can be placed to 988 for urgent help in a time of mental health, substance use crisis, or even witnessing another person experiencing a behavioral health challenge.

Locally, staff with Buckelew Programs, based in Novato, operate the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will receive 988 calls, quickly evaluate the emergency, and utilize trained crisis counselors to provide an appropriate intervention. Urgent calls requiring an in-person mobile crisis response will be directed to clinical staff in the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) division.

Upcoming! International Survivor's of Suicide Loss Day on Saturday November 19th and Suicide Prevention Trainings. Join us!

Let's come together and support one another as we honor those we've lost by suicide for International Survivor's of Suicide Loss Day scheduled for November 19th from 1:00-3:00 pm at Terra Linda High School. Please register in advance.

Also, suicide prevention trainings and events are held throughout the year. Please visit the Training and Education section of this website to learn more.



During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, North Marin Community Services mobilized to provide services to 8,400 people either on-site or virtually. Private/public partnerships, such as the critical partnership with the County of Marin, has ensured effective services throughout the county during the pandemic.

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