Mental Health - National Resources

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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.

    • Mood Letter:
      This website is a good source of information on depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, including articles for patients and family members, tips on recognizing symptoms, information on treatment options, and much more.
    • Helpguide.org:
      Helpguide's mission is to help people understand, prevent, and resolve many of life's challenges by providing knowledge and hope. Their goal is to give individuals the information and encouragement they need to take charge of their health and well-being and make healthy choices. The website provides comprehensive information for mental and emotional health, family & relationships, healthy living and seniors & aging.
    • Beyond Blue:
      This website provides very comprehensive information on depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, as well as a special section on postnatal depression. Each section includes warning signs, screening tools and an explanation of treatment options. In addition, the website features a link to information focused on youth.
    • Facing Us:
      This very interactive website is sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and features information about the impact and management of mental illnesses. Online tools include journaling, a wellness plan, and a wellness tracker. Individuals can also send e-postcards and check out the creativity center.
    • Live Your Life Well Campaign:
      This website is sponsored by Mental Health America and offers comprehensive and useful tips and tools to live a healthy and well balanced life. Topics range from stress reduction to the importance of sleep, among many others. The website also features an interactive depression screening test.
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
      This website offers comprehensive information on mental disorders, their symptoms, treatments, as well as opportunities to get involved in the fight against mental illness. It also enables online communities to connect with other people interested in these issues.
    • 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.
    • California Institute for Mental Health:
      The California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) promotes excellence in mental health services through training, technical assistance, research and policy development. The website provides a searchable database for mental health services throughout the state, information, policy updates and new developments in treatment options for mental health.
  • Families for Depression Awareness:
    A national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides. Their website includes profiles of families and experts, and an online depression wellness analyzer to help people with depression and their families actively monitor their treatment.

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.