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Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the Crisis Hotline at (888) 724-7240. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals available 24/7; the call is free and confidential. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

    • San Diego Access & Crisis Line:
      Phone: (888) 724-7240
      Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
      The San Diego Access and Crisis Line serves as a suicide prevention/intervention hotline. It provides mental health crisis intervention, information and referral to mental health services in San Diego County, including referrals to mental health care professionals who accept Medi-Cal and those who do not have health insurance. It also provides information and referral to County Drug and Alcohol treatment and recovery services for adults, adolescents, and pregnant and parenting women who are receiving Medi-Cal or who do not have health insurance. Calls are FREE and answered by trained professionals. Service is available in multiple languages.

    • 2-1-1 San Diego:
      Phone: 2-1-1
      This hotline connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable online database. 2-1-1 serves the entire population of San Diego County as the only free, confidential, dialing code service in San Diego.

    • Peer2Peer – Text and Chat Support and Referral Services:
      Text: (619) 377-7111
      Live Chat: www.mhsinc.org/peer2peer
      Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm
      Peer2Peer provides a non-crisis peer support live chat and text service for youth and Transition Age Youth (TAY) who are at-risk and or dealing with potential behavioral health issues including those who may struggle with alcohol or drugs. They work with many youth that are searching for support groups, mental health services and/or supportive listening. This service is free, confidential, anonymous and stigma-free. Youth can text and chat with English or Spanish-speaking Peer Specialists who are able to provide information, referrals, support or lend a listening ear to those in need.

    • NAMI San Diego Helpline:
      Phone: (619) 543-1434
      Hours of Operation: 10am-6pm M-F
      County-wide, confidential, family and peer-staffed support phone line for individuals with mental illness and their loved ones. Provides non-crisis phone support and referrals and increases knowledge of mental illness, resources and related issues.

    • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego:
      Phone: (760) 722-3754
      Hours of Operation: 10am-4pm M-F
      Messages left on voicemail will be returned by trained volunteers that provide information, referrals, and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness.

    • NAMI North Coastal Helpline:
      Phone: (760) 722-3754
      Hours of Operation: 10am-4pm M-F
      Messages left on voicemail will be returned by trained volunteers that provide information, referrals, and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness.

    • NAMI North Coastal:
      (760) 722-3754
      This organization supports communities in the north coastal region of San Diego County from Del Mar to Oceanside and east to Vista and Rancho Santa Fe. Provides information, advocacy, and support for people affected by serious mental illnesses. Offers educational meetings and support groups. NAMI CARE are peer-based support groups occur each week; other support groups are open to all. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, 8:30-10pm at St. Michael’s By the Sea Church at 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA.

    • Domestic Violence Hotline & Resources:
      Domestic Violence Hotline: (888) DV-LINKS/ (888) 385-4657
      This 24/7 countywide domestic violence hotline provides confidential support, safety planning and referrals. Call 2-1-1 for referrals to local domestic violence shelters. Contact the San Diego Domestic Violence Council at www.sddvc.org.


    • San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA)-Behavioral Health Services:
      HHSA provides a broad range of health and social services promoting wellness, self-sufficiency and a better quality of life for all individuals and families in San Diego County. The Behavioral Health Division provides a continuum of services aimed at providing an array of mental health, alcohol and other drug services for children, youth, families, adults, older adults and improving the quality of life within our communities. The website provides an overview of services available to community members.

    • Recovery Innovations of California (RICA):
      RICA provides recovery-based services to adults with mental health and/or addiction challenges and conducts workshops on mental health recovery. Their dedicated and passionate network of peer support specialists provide support in many different areas to individuals in recovery.

    • Mental Health America (MHA) San Diego:
      Phone: (619) 543-0412
      Mental Health America of San Diego County is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research and service. The website offers information about local resources, events and trainings, as well as information and treatment options about various mental health disorders organized by audience and issue. A "Self Help Directory" of over 600 self help groups, also known as "the little yellow book," can be ordered through the website.

    • Family & Youth Roundtable (FYRT):
      This organization is an independent family and youth-led organization that works to build an interconnection between public agencies, including those responsible for mental health issues and the families and young people who receive their services. They offer support groups and workshops, among other services.

    • International Bipolar Foundation:
      (858) 764-2496
      Founded in 2007 by four parents with children affected by bipolar disorder, International Bipolar Foundation is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to eliminate bipolar disorder through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support services; and to erase the associated stigma through public education.

    • The San Diego Regional Center:
      The San Diego Regional Center provides a variety of services to persons with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community, including assessments, individual and family service plans, and case management services. These services are in addition to those provided within the health, education, and social services systems. For more information, please visit the website or call (858) 576-2996.

    • The San Diego Postpartum Health Alliance:
      Warmline: (619) 254-0023
      The San Diego Postpartum Health Alliance offers moms in crisis and their concerned friends or relatives support, information and referrals. The website also features a blog and information about upcoming events.

    • San Diego Psychiatric Society:
      Phone: (858) 279-4586
      The San Diego Psychiatric Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for people with mental health disorders. This website offers a database of physicians that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and substance abuse.

    • San Diego Psychological Association:
      Psychologist Referrals: (800) 251-2937
      Community Information and Referral Sources (PDF)
      This website provides a comprehensive listing of mental health providers and resources for San Diego. Additionally, a service called Psychology 2000 offers free, short term psychological services to people who can’t afford them and meet certain criteria.

    • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) San Diego:
      DBSA is a peer-facilitated group of people who support one another on the road to wellness, including those diagnosed with mood disorders, their families, friends and anyone else who seeks to learn more about depressive and bipolar mood (affective) disorders.

    • Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) in San Diego:
      Phone: Mid City Location: (619) 229-2999
      Phone: Serra Mesa Location: (858) 268-4933
      Phone: Child and Adolescent Mental Health: (619) 232-6454
      The Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization, offering multicultural, multilingual, comprehensive physical and mental health services to Asian, Pacific Islander and other ethnic communities.

    • Operation Samahan:
      Phone: (619) 474-5567
      This is a community health center that provides health and mental health services to low-income Filipinos/Asians and other low income families and individuals in the County of San Diego in National City and Mira Mesa.

    • Kalusugan Community Services:
      Phone: (619) 477-3392
      This community-based health center provides health and mental health services, and social programs for the Filipino American community and others.

    • San Diego Family Care:
      Phone: Linda Vista Health Care Center (858) 279-0925
      Phone: Mid-City Community Clinic (619) 563-0250 (Adults)
      Phone: Mid-City Community Clinic (619) 280-2058 (Children)
      This organization is dedicated to providing culturally competent, affordable, fiscally responsible, accessible and high quality medical care, mental health care and multi-cultural health promotion, with a primary focus on central San Diego.

 

If you or someone you care about needs to speak to someone or is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call the Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. You don't have to suffer in silence, make the FREE call. If emergency medical care is needed,
call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Now's the time to read up! With one in four adult San Diegans facing mental health challenges, it’s up to us to make San Diego a supportive community for those experiencing such challenges. Through education and awareness, the "It's Up to Us" bulletin offers mental health related information, resources, ways to get involved and also stay informed.