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Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office

Get Help Now - Suicide Prevention

A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide
Manual para Enfrentar el Suicido de un Ser Querido

If you or someone you care about is in crisis Feeling lonely or isolated?
Emergency: Call 911 Emergency: Call 911
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ Call the Support Line: 1-800-235-9980
Local resources: Call 2-1-1, visit https://211ventura.org/home/ or text your zip code to 898211. Crisis Text Service: Text the word “HEARME” to the number 839863.
Suicide Prevention App: https://my3app.org/ Suicide Prevention App: https://my3app.org/
https://wellnesseveryday.org/preventing-suicide https://wellnesseveryday.org/preventing-suicide

Identification and Viewing

Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary for the next of kin to come to the Medical Examiner Office to make identification. Decedents are identified through fingerprinting or other forensic means.

The Medical Examiner Office does not have private areas suitable for viewing. Loved ones may be viewed at the funeral home or mortuary.

Property

Property brought in with the decedent is released with the body to the mortuary or funeral home.

Grief Support

Wellnesseveryday.org – Support After A Loss
MISS Foundation
Interface Children and Family Services
Sesame Street
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
Caregiver Guide
Caring Cards
Feelings Journal
Storybook
Regional Support Groups

City Program Name Phone
Camarillo Suicide L.O.S.S. Group, Camarillo Hospice (805) 389-6870
Conejo/Thousand Oaks Hospice of the Conejo (805) 495-2145
Camarillo Suicide L.O.S.S. Group, Camarillo Hospice (805) 389-6870
Moorpark TLC Hospice (805) 517-1620 or (805) 443-1905
Newbury Park Didi Hirsch Suicide Bereavement Support Group (310) 895-2326
Oak Park The Church of the Epiphany Grief and Loss Support Group (818) 991-4797
Oxnard ProCare Hospice (805) 988-1173
Simi Valley Life After Loss Grief Support Group (805) 415-3709
Thousand Oaks The Compassionate Friends – Supporting Family after a Child Dies (805) 579-7065

General Resources

Home Cleaning
Try your homeowner’s insurance company or searching in a directory or online. 

Social Security Administration
1-800-772-1213

Resources for older adults
Ventura County Area Agency on Aging: (805) 477-7300 or www.ventura.org/vcaaa

Ventura County Clerk and Recorder
http://www.vchca.org/birth-and-death-registration-vital-records
Ventura: (805) 654-3665
Thousand Oaks: (805) 449-2157

Victim Advocacy Group
https://www.vcdistrictattorney.com/victims/
(805) 654-3622

Contact Us

Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office
3100 Foothill Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003
Tel: (805) 641-4400
Fax: (805) 641-4410

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