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*2% of profits from services and 10% of profits from retail during November & December will go to this organization.  If you are moved to do so, please help even more*

November 1st - December 31st

For November and December we will be gathering money for San Francisco Suicide Prevention. Sadly, I recently lost a family member to suicide. Losing someone you love is something all of us have experienced at this point in our lives. Losing someone you love to suicide means that on top of that loss, there are also feelings of helplessness, guilt and endless questions that can never be answered. The holiday times can be difficult for a lot of vulnerable people. We want to help bring awareness to suicide prevention. San Francisco Suicide Prevention provides 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. A very important cause. Thank you for helping me get the word out, dear clients.



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.  To publicize services, they distributed matchbooks in the bars of the Tenderloin.  Thirty calls were received during the first month alone.  Now the agency receives nearly 200 calls a day, saving lives phone call by phone call.

Funding from the City and County of San Francisco began in 1972.  By 1976, the Drug & Alcohol Line had opened with City funding.  In 1988, the agency opened its Youth Line that has since led to in person school and youth outreach, followed by the AIDS/HIV Nightline in 1989.  We have since built over 7 core lines responding to various needs and services, Community and Youth Outreach, Peer Workforce Supportive Services, and Grief Support.

The current executive director and office manager joined the agency during the period of 1988-89.  By 1992, the agency’s offices were relocated from the Geary corridor to the financial district in order to make the agency accessible to a more diverse pool of volunteers, where we remain to this day.