San Francisco Suicide Prevention

SFSP’s 24-hour crisis line is (415) 781-0500

HIV Night-line: (415) 434-2437 or 1-800-273-2437

Crisis text line, text MYLIFE to 741741

Visit the SFSP Website

San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP)

is the oldest community-based telephone crisis center in the United States, founded in 1962 by Bernard Mayes, a journalist from the British Broadcasting Corporation. SFSP merged into Felton Institute in 2019, bringing together two of the most enduring mental health and crisis intervention agencies in Northern California. The partnership aims to provide continuous care and services for people in suicide crisis and emotional distress.

About SFSP

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San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP) trains local volunteers who provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to callers; over 500 other crisis centers across the United States now utilize the same concept.

With the support of over 3,500 volunteers and 150 active volunteers annually, SFSP answers calls from over 70,000 clients at 200 calls every single day. In addition to our crisis hotlines, we provide services to youths, outreach in the community, grief support, and groups for mental health professionals.


We are always available to give you support, strength, and hope. Our services are also here for caregivers or people who are concerned about a suicidal or depressed loved one.

For more information, visit the SFSP Website

San Francisco Suicide Prevention is here to help 24 hours a day, every day of the week.  We offer many programs to help you reduce emotional pain and to learn how to help yourself and your friends and family through crisis.

If you have any questions about any of SFSP’s programs and services, please call our administrative office at 415- 984-1900 and visit the SFSP Website.

The mission of San Francisco Suicide Prevention is to provide emotional support, education, assistance, and intervention as necessary to all persons in crisis and those impacted by them, with the goal of reducing suicides and self-destructive behaviors.

In 1962, San Francisco Suicide Prevention opened its services in a Tenderloin hotel with six volunteers, all personally trained by Bernard Mayes, the agency’s founder.

San Francisco Suicide Prevention’s programs have been widely featured in the international, national, and local media, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the London Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

San Francisco Suicide Prevention could not exist without the dedication of more than 100 community volunteers every year.  Most of our volunteers assist the community on our hotline and internet chat services. However, we also recruit for administrative and outreach volunteers.

For more information and to apply, please visit the SFSP Website.