Get up and participate!

There are many ways to get involved. Listed below are a few local San Diego organizations that welcome volunteers.


    • HHSA Behavioral Health Services
      Volunteer Contact Information: 
      Frances Schaad
      (619) 596-6356 


    • County of San Diego Aging and Independence Services
      Volunteer Contact Information
      Lourdes Ramirez (858) 495-5360


    • San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council: www.sdchip.org/spap.aspx
      The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council provides oversight, guidance and support in the implementation of the recommendations made in the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Action Plan. The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council’s role is to lead the charge to make suicide prevention a priority in our county. There are many opportunities for broad-based involvement in identifying, developing and monitoring of the local Action Plan. 
      Volunteer Contact Information: Lora Cayanan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    • Mental Health America: www.mhasd.org
      The San Diego chapter of the national organization Mental Health America of San Diego is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research and service. Contact Mental Health America to find out about volunteer opportunities. 
      Volunteer Contact InformationThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (619) 543-2600


  • Mental Health Systems Inc: www.mhsinc.org
    The Mental Health Systems mission is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention. MHS programs include vocational placement, homeless outreach, case management, employment readiness, mental health court, dual diagnosis treatment, and community outpatient clinics. Opportunities include coordinating events, resource development, customer service, general office support, fundraising and giving campaigns, information technology, research, and work on special projects. All volunteer candidates are asked to successfully complete a series of pre-screening requirements including a background check.
    Volunteer Contact Information(858) 573-2600


    • NAMI San Diego: www.namisandiego.com
      NAMI San Diego is the local branch of a non-profit, national organization founded by family members of people with mental illness with the mission to support, educate and advocate for people with mental illnesses and their families. In Volunteering with NAMI San Diego you will learn invaluable skills, develop friendships, receive support, assist with breaking the stigma and changing the way the world views mental illness, and join a community that feels like family. Opportunities exist to support many of their programs and services such as: a Helpline, support groups, educational meetings, newsletters, a lending library, an annual walk, and a number of classes on mental illness. Please contact NAMI San Diego about your interest in volunteering and find out more about the next scheduled orientation.
      Volunteer Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    • NAMI Stigma Busters
      NAMI StigmaBusters are dedicated to the elimination of ignorance, prejudice and discrimination against people with mental illnesses— by changing public attitudes from fear, rejection, and isolation to community understanding, acceptance, and support. Visit their website to receive regular “Stigma Alerts” and get involved by contacting local news media, legislatures, business and professional leaders, neighbors and social acquaintances with information that improves their understanding of mental illness. Members have access to letter templates to either protest stigma perpetuated in the local news and entertainment media, protest offensive advertising and praise accurate media representation.
      Volunteer Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    • North County Lifeline: www.nclifeline.org
      North County Lifeline’s purpose as a community-based organization is to identify gaps in self-reliance and respond with solutions for low-income and high-need residents. Therefore, the primary goal is to support community members in North San Diego County who are working towards breaking cycles of poverty and becoming self-reliant.
      Volunteer Contact Information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (760) 842-6254


    • San Diego Youth Services (SDYS): www.sdyouthservices.org
      A nationally recognized, comprehensive non-profit organization that has helped stabilize the lives of more than a half-million young people and their families since 1970. They work to fight the tragedies of homeless youth and youth in crisis. A large number of volunteer opportunities are available, including but not limited to: working with adopted youth, mentoring, outreach to homeless youth, volunteering at teen homeless shelters, administrative and donor development, and special projects.
      Volunteer Contact InformationLiz Veselich This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    • Senior Community Centers: www.servingseniors.org
      Senior Community Centers provide nutrition, social and medical services, advocacy, homeless outreach, housing assistance, and intergenerational activities for seniors age sixty and over. They also offer skill-based activities for seniors and are always looking for volunteers to assist in leading fun activities.
      Volunteer Contact InformationTim Ruis (619) 487-0727 



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,
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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.