CRISIS SUPPORT, HELPLINES & WARMLINES
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-888-628-9454 (En Español)
1-800-799-4889 (TTY Service for Deaf & Hard of Hearing)
This free, 24-hour hotline is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By calling, you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.
National Hopeline Network
By calling, you’ll be connected to a certified crisis center nearest to your calling location.
NAMI National's Helpline
M - F, 10am - 6pm, ET
Provides information on mental health conditions, treatment options, local support groups, services & programs, recovery strategies, and resource referrals. All crisis calls are transferred to a national crisis line or you can text "NAMI" to 741-741.
The Trevor Project
The only organization providing 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth (ages 13-24).
A peer support hotline run by and for trans people. Available 7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am EST.
Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center
Provides free LGBTQ-affirmative counseling and healing psychotherapeutic services to youth under 25 and their families in greater Los Angeles area.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
A free and confidential hotline that's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
and provides lifesaving tools & immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages.
ACCESS-LA County Helpline
Department of Mental Health’s Emergency & Non-Emergency Helpline, available 24 hours / 7 days a week. Provides linkages to consumers to mental health services in the community & resources to consumers in crisis.
Dial 2-1-1 (Toll-Free)
A free, confidential referral and information service that connects people across the U.S. & in many parts of Canada to a specialist who will help you find the local resources you need. Available 24 hours / 7 days a week.
7 Cups Of Tea
An online emotional support service that connects those in need to a trained Active Listener by phone or chat. All connections are private and one-on-one.
The National Alliance for Caregiving (Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers)
Designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition.
The JED Foundation
Mission is to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. JED partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems.
Stamp Out Stigma
National Mental Health Observances
Mission to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. This campaign challenges each of us to transform the dialogue on mental health and addiction from a whisper to a conversation.
Project Return Warm Line
M - F, 5pm - 10pm & Sat, 11am - 4pm
Los Angeles County’s first after-hours telephone line for individuals with mental health challenges and staffed entirely by peers with lived experience. They also provide referrals to services or organizations that are of interest, such as healthcare facilities, family planning agencies, shelters, self-help and support groups, and much more.
10pm - 6am
A confidential overnight telephone support service in English & Spanish for anyone in Southern California who is struggling with loneliness, anxiety, substance use, mental health concerns, or needs information about available mental health services.
National Eating Disorders Association
M - Th, 9am-9pm ET & Fri, 9am-5pm ET
Trained volunteers provide support, resources, and treatment options.
Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
Para español, oprima 2.
1-800-799-4889 (TTY Service for Deaf / Hard of Hearing)
Send a text message to 838255
Connects veterans in crisis, their families & friends with qualified, caring VA responders. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week, confidential.
A free, confidential, 24/7, 365 days a year treatment referral and information service in English & Spanish for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Addiction Resource Rehab Helpline
Treatment specialists help you find the best drug and alcohol rehab centers and programs! This is a free, national, 24/7 confidential helpline.
Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-846-8517 (TTY for Deaf / Hard of Hearing)
Text TALKWITHUS or HABLANOS to 66746
A free, confidential, 24/7 helpline and text service that provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress (stress, anxiety, depression-like symptoms) related to natural or human-caused disasters. This service is available to all residents in the U.S. and its territories.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
A free and confidential hotline that's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Connects you with a trained support specialist from a sexual assault service provider in your area that can provide you with support, information, advice, resources, referrals, and a ranges of free services. Online chat is also available.
ORGANIZATIONS & CAMPAIGNS
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to educating, advocating, supporting, and building better lives for the millions of individuals & families affected by mental illness.
A grassroots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. They advocate for lives of quality & respect, without discrimination & stigma, for all our constituents and provide leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout CA. Locate your local NAMI affiliate here.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)
The largest county-operated mental health department in the United States whose mission is to enrich lives through partnership to strengthen the community’s capacity to support recovery and resiliency.
Disability Rights California (DRC)
Advocates, educates, investigates, and litigates to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities.
This campaign creates a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourages them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.
Each Mind Matters
California’s mental health movement with hundreds of organizations and millions of individuals working together.
Mental Health America (MHA)
Founded in 1909, it’s the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
Mental Health America of California
Ensures that people of all ages, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, etc. who require mental health services and supports are able to live full and productive lives, receive the mental health services and other services that they need, and are not denied any other benefits, services, rights, or opportunities based on their need for mental health services.
Know The Signs
A statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out.
Project Return Peer Support Network
A non-profit peer run organization that promotes wellness, personal growth and self-determination for people who have experienced mental illness by providing social opportunities, education, and community involvement.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
It is their mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communties.
Uses media and the arts to bridge community barriers and change the discussion about mental illness.
Part of a movement to transform our mental health care system using art and community building to unite efforts to foster the empowerment of mental health and wellbeing as a civil right. Challenges us to see that together we have the power to change the culture, climate and systems. https://werise.la
LACDMH Consumer & Family Affairs
Gives a voice to family members and consumers and promotes the partnership among consumers, family members and treatment teams so that each can offer their valuable expertise toward the treatment of mental illness.
Los Angeles County Client Coalition
Focuses on legislative/policy-making activities and support & self-advocacy of mental health consumers.
This Is My Brave, Inc.
Their mission is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues by sharing personal stories of individuals living successful, full lives despite mental illness through poetry, essay and original music, on stage in front of a live audience, through stories submitted and published to their blog & YouTube channel.
California Black Women's Health Project
Seek to empower women to become active participants in improving their health status and committed to advocating for policies and practices that promote & improve physical, spiritual, mental and emotional well-being of Black women and girls in California.
African Communities Public Health Coalition (ACPHC)
Mission to improve personal and community health & wellness within the African community by increasing the availability of culturally-relevant physical and mental health services; providing education to reduce stigma; and facilitating social justice through advocacy.
National Education Alliance for
Borderline Personality Disorder
Works with families and persons in recovery, raises public awareness, provides education to professionals, promotes research, and works with Congress to enhance the quality of life for those affected by Borderline Personality Disorder.
BENEFITS ASSISTANCE, HOUSING, SHELTERS & FOOD
Department of Public Social Services
Administers General Relief, CalFresh, GROW and Medi-Cal Programs.
Social Security Administration
Provides information and answers questions regarding SSI & SSA benefits.
State of California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Provides partial wage replacement to eligible workers who are unable to work due to a non-industrial disability.
A a mental health wellness center and benefits advocacy program that prides itself on offering services that are entirely run by individuals in recovery or who have recovered from mental illnesses.
LACDMH Public Guardian's Office
Acts as conservators to persons who are unable to properly care for themselves or manage their finances.
Mental Health Advocacy Services
Provides free legal services to consumers, assists both children and adults on obtaining government benefits & services, and protecting rights and fighting discrimination.
Dedicated to providing the highest quality innovative social service to South Los Angeles with an emphasis on behavioral health and housing stability.
Southern California Health & Rehabilitation Programs (SCHARP)
Provides quality mental health, social and rehabilitation services to vulnerable ethnic minority populations in South Los Angeles.
A Community of Friends
Offer supportive and service-enriched affordable housing for homeless individuals and families living with mental illness in Los Angeles County.
SHARE! Collaborative Housing
1-310-305-8878 (Culver City)
Provides affordable, permanent supportive housing to disabled people in single-family houses throughout Los Angeles County. This project is supported by the L.A. County Department of Mental Health.
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Winter Shelter Program & Hotline
LAHSA's Winter Shelter program provides meals, showers, and case management services for single adults who are 18 & over, experiencing homelessness, and need overnight shelter. Free transportation to and from the shelters is available.
The Sam Simon Foundation - Feeding Families
A proud partner of a network of pantries, neighborhood centers, food banks, faith-based groups and others who are committed to ending food insecurity in our community. We distribute nutritious vegan groceries, at no cost, to individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet.
The Source - Free Health & Emergency Shelter Services
Offers a one-stop shop of resources and services to help homeless Angelenos transition to independent and supported living. Services are also available for eligible low-income residents. All services are free of charge. Visit website for locations and list of services.
Whole Person Care - Los Angeles (WPC-LA)
Connects people experiencing homelessness, justice involvement, barriers to healthy pregnancy, serious mental illness, substance use disorder or complex health conditions to resources and support.
CHIRP Los Angeles
COVID-19 Food Bank Guide
This guide is organized by SPAs (Service Planning Areas). Information is subject to change so it's strongly advised that you call before you arrive.
PEER CENTERS & RESPITES
Peer Resource Center
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm
560 S. Vermont Ave., LA, CA 90020
A walk-in resource hub for Los Angelenos with mental health challenges. The center is manned by volunteers and paraprofessionals who have lived with mental illness, creating a supportive, empathetic environment for those seeking help. In addition to mental health services, the center provides assistance with accessing social service programs to meet housing, job training, legal aid and other needs.
SHARE! Recovery Retreat
A supportive, safe and loving environment where residents can focus on their individual healing journey. They offer support groups and activities to work on self-esteem, resiliency, reducing stress and anxiety, making friends, building skills and learning tools for better mental health as well as opportunities to learn to cook, clean, garden and manage a household. Each night we take a van to different self-help support groups in the community.
Hacienda of Hope
A safe alternative to emergency hospitalization for individuals with mental illness who are experiencing a stressful life event or crisis. This short-term respite home offers a welcoming, non-clinical environment, staffed by others who are able to relate, empathize and offer hope and support through crisis.