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 Access and Crisis Line 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.
County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services (AIS):
Phone: (800) 510-2020
AIS offers a variety of programs to assist seniors with staying active, healthy and involved in their communities.
Senior Volunteers in Action and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are two volunteer programs available through Aging & Independence Services (AIS) that provide opportunities for older adults to share their skills, contribute to their communities and, in the process, improve their physical and mental health. Call the AIS Call Center for more information.
The AIS Senior Mental Health team includes mental health clinicians who provide crisis assessments and assistance for people age 60 and older with mental health issues. Operators are also available to talk to a concerned adult and provide information and/or referrals.
Elder Multicultural Access and Support Services (EMASS):
Phone: (760) 233-1984
This program provides education, referrals, benefits advocacy, peer counselling, transportation services, as well as home and community based services for older adults.
Positive Solutions Program:
Phone: (619) 238-1783
This program from the Union of Pan Asian Communities helps homebound seniors (aged 60+) with recognition of and coping strategies for minor depression.
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation:
This website provides mental health information for older adults and their families and assists people with finding a geriatric psychiatrist.
Center for Healthy Aging:
This website, administered by the National Council on Aging, provides resources on a range of topics including mental health, fall prevention, nutrition and physical activity.
Caregiver Action Network:
This is a grassroots organization that was created to educate, support and empower people who care for loved ones who are chronically ill, aging or disabled.
San Diego Eldercare:
This website offers a comprehensive online directory for services and programs for the elderly in San Diego County.
Aging Well Training (PDF):
This free mental health training program aims to empower older adults to better manage their overall well-being. It will describe how to detect when something is not right, as well as inform about how appropriate screening, diagnosis and treatment can lead to aging well.
Southern Caregiver Resource Center:
Provides support groups and one-on-one help to Hispanic caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s through its REACHing Out program.
The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Inc.:
Phone: (619) 543-4700
Offers a variety of family resources and free weekly support groups for caregivers. These groups are open to the community and adult day programs are provided at no charge during the meeting.
The Friendship Line:
Phone: (800) 971-0016
Is a 24-hour toll-free hotline/warmline for older and disabled adults. The Friendship Line at Institute on Aging provides older and disabled adults reassurance, crisis intervention, information and referrals. Call to speak with a trained volunteer who specializes in offering caring conversation with older adults.