If you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide support, referrals, and crisis intervention. You can also call the Access and Crisis Line if you are concerned about someone, just need to talk, have questions about how to offer support, or if you are looking for information about community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
Making the decision to ask for help isn’t always easy. Some people are, understandably, afraid of a mental health diagnosis and what that means for their future. The good news is that recovery is not only possible, but probable. With appropriate treatment and support, 70-90% of people report a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life. Still others may think that needing help will be seen as a sign of weakness. The truth is that recognizing a problem and seeking help is a sign of strength and courage, and it’s the first and most important step on the road to recovery.
Experiencing mental health challenges can feel lonely, isolating or hopeless at times. However, many people (1 in 5 adults in the San Diego) are living with mental health challenges and most of those people recover. There are a variety of tools that can help you get well, including medication, talk therapy, group support, self-directed wellness plans and many other options. The sooner you reach out for support and start using the tools that work for you, the better your outcome is likely to be.
Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.