Mental Health Resources
Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.
If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
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.
Here is a list of other local and national resources for mental health issues.
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.
Phone: (877) 450-LINE/(877) 450-5463
Hours of Operation: 12pm-6pm M-F
This confidential telephone support line is for children and teens seeking peer support and referrals concerning substance abuse, mental health or other concerns for themselves or someone they care about. Callers are connected to peer-line specialists who have real-life experience with mental health challenges and who work with callers to get help through community resources, programs and partners within each region of San Diego. The peer-line specialist’s goal is to provide resources, support and education on increasing recovery and resilience. The service is free and confidential. Callers can speak with English or Spanish-speaking peer-line specialists. Call center hours are 12:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. After-hours calls are returned the next business day.
Phone: (877) 470-LINE/(877) 470-5463
Hours of Operation: 12pm-6pm M-F
This confidential telephone support line is for adults seeking peer support and referrals concerning substance abuse, mental health or other concerns regarding a child or teen they care about. Callers are connected to peer-line specialists who have real-life experience with mental health challenges who work with callers to get help through community resources, programs and partners within each region of San Diego. The peer-line specialist’s goal is to provide resources, support and education on increasing recovery and resilience. The service is free and confidential. Callers can speak with English or Spanish-speaking peer-line specialists. Call center hours are 12:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. After-hours calls are returned the next business day.
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.
Domestic Violence Hotline & Resources
Domestic Violence Hotline: (888) DV-LINKS/ (888) 385-4657
This 24/7 countywide domestic violence hotline provides confidential support, safety planning and referrals. Call 2-1-1 for referrals to local domestic violence shelters. Contact the San Diego Domestic Violence Council at www.sddvc.org.
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.
International Bipolar Foundation
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.
The San Diego Regional Center
The San Diego Regional Center provides a variety of services to persons with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community, including assessments, individual and family service plans, and case management services. These services are in addition to those provided within the health, education, and social services systems. For more information, please visit the website or call (858) 576-2996.
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.