Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 988

Instead of dialing 911, emergency calls can be placed to 988 for urgent help in a time of suicidal thinking/behavior, 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 Crisis & Lifeline and receive 988 calls, and quickly evaluate the emergency,  utilizing 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.

September Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month 2024

This September, we honor Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month. Marin County BHRS and community partners work together to create events that are designed to promote awareness, reduce stigma, and foster community. Please visit this page for updates and announcements. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Men and Boys Team


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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Coping with COVID-19

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.