Resources for Young Adults

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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.

    • 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.
    • Impact Young Adults (IYA):
      Impact Young Adults (IYA) is a group of young adults ages 18-35 that are in recovery from mental illness. They have come together to change their experience from one of striving to one of thriving!
    • Reach Out:
      This website is focused on providing tips and resources for youth to help them get through tough times or help a friend. Youth “who have been there and made it through” can share their personal stories or view those submitted by other youth. The site also features the “Reach Out” blog.
    • UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):
      Phone: (858) 534-3755
      Registered and fee paying undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, San Diego can take advantage of free and confidential individual, group, couples and family psychotherapy through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Office hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. The Central Office is located at Galbraith Hall 190.
    • What a Difference A Friend Can Make:
      This website is a resource for young people living with mental health challenges—and their friends. The site offers tools to help in the recovery process, information about different kinds of mental illnesses, and read real-life stories about support and recovery. A very cool feature of this site is an interactive video to see how friends can make all the difference and the “2gether Forums, a great place to ask questions and share experiences.
    • Half of Us:
      This website offers resources for college students to recognize problems, where to find help and how to offer help to a friend. A large number of viral videos share experiences and model how to recognize if a friend is having problems and how to offer help.
    • TeensHealth:
      This website provides health information with different sections for kids, teens and parents. The TeensHealth section is an interactive site filled with games, animations, quizzes, fact sheets, and many other resources. Topics include exercise and nutrition, depression, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, recipes, preparing for college, volunteering, finding a job and even tips for taking tests and studying.
  • California Career Zone:
    This website offers great graphics, cool music, and really useful information youth can’t seem to find anywhere else. For example: By taking the “Reality Check” youth get to see how much they will need to earn to live their preferred lifestyle by “buying stuff for a month.” They get to make choices about the kind of housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothes, health care, entertainment, personal care items etc. that they want to have. After making their choices they find out how much they’ll need to make a year. Then with one click they can find out what occupations match that annual salary. Additional features help youth hone in how they can get paid doing things they enjoy doing and the kinds of working conditions they want.

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.