Referrals and Resources
Call 888-724-7240 for a patient in a suicide or mental health crisis
The San Diego County Access & Crisis Line is available 7 days a week/24 hours a day and answered by trained professionals.
Call 877-698-7838 to reach a Helpline by Veterans for Veterans
Courage to Call is a Veteran-run, peer-to-peer support program in San Diego County providing free and confidential services to active and former military members, reservists, National Guardsmen, their families and loved ones. The program connects callers with referrals to resources and support to reduce stress and improve overall mental health. These services are provided off-base in a safe and private atmosphere. Call the Courage to Call 24/7 Helpline (877) 698-7838.
Visit the County of San Diego Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) for a list of substance use and mental health services providers
County of San Diego Alcohol and Drug Services provides an integrated system of community-based alcohol and other drug prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services throughout San Diego County via contracts with local service providers.
Review this list of county-operated urgent walk-in clinics for mental health services in San Diego County
Hours and contact information for clinics that provide urgent walk-in services for adults and older adults are provided. Services include psychiatric outpatient services, including medication. The programs serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries and uninsured adults 18 and over. Insured persons are referred to their own providers.
Visit Up2SD.org for local mental health and suicide prevention resources and information
The “It’s Up To Us” campaign website offers a list of resources for mental health and suicide prevention organized by key topic areas.
Visit www.Up2Sd.org/men for resources and information for men
The SD campaign website offers information and resources for men, with a special emphasis on stress, anxiety and depression.
Visit www.soslsd.org for resources and support for those who have lost someone to suicide
SOSL provides self-help support groups for those who have lost a relative or friend through suicide. Support materials and a quarterly newsletter are available either electronically or in hard copy. A speaker’s bureau provides information on suicide issues and prevention of suicide.
Other Local Resources
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.
Family Support Line
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 2:00pm to 8:00pm, Monday through Friday. After-hours calls are returned the next business day.
NAMI San Diego Helpline
Phone: (619) 543-1434
Hours of Operation: Monday (10am-6pm) | Tuesday (Noon-8pm) | Wednesday-Friday (10am-6pm)
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.
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.
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.