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:
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: 12pm-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:
This organization is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families experiencing mental illness. NAMI provides information about local resources, advocacy efforts, trainings, classes and workshops on mental illness, community events and outreach.
- San Diego Network of Care for Behavioral Health:
This website is a resource for individuals, families and agencies looking for mental health resources and information in San Diego County.
- 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.
- 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:
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.
- La Maestra Community Health Centers:
Phone: (619) 280-4213
This organization provides quality health care to the ethnically diverse communities in San Diego.