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.
- County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services (AIS):
Phone: (800) 510-2020
AIS offers more than 30 programs to assist seniors and disabled adults with staying active, healthy and involved in their communities.
- Elder Multicultural Access and Support Services (EMASS):
Phone: (760) 233-1984
This program provides education, referrals, benefits advocacy, peer counselling, transportation services, as well as home and community based services for older adults.
- Positive Solutions Program:
Phone: (619) 238-1783
This program helps homebound seniors (60+) with recognition of and coping strategies for minor depression.
- Geriatric Mental Health Foundation:
This website provides mental health information for older adults and their families and assists people with finding a geriatric psychiatrist.
- Center for Healthy Aging:
This website, administered by the National Council on Aging, provides resources on a range of topics including mental health, fall prevention, nutrition and physical activity.
- National Family Care Giver Association:
This is a grassroots organization that was created to educate, support and empower people who care for loved ones who are chronically ill, aging, or disabled.
- San Diego Eldercare:
This website offers a comprehensive online directory for services and programs for the elderly in San Diego County.
- Aging Well:
This free mental health training program aims to empower older adults to better manage their overall well-being. It will describe how to detect when something is not right, and inform about how appropriate screening, diagnosis and treatment can lead to aging well.
- National Institute of Mental Health Fact Sheet "Older Adults, Depression and Suicide Facts"