SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Navigating during this time of uncertainty can be stressful and upsetting to many, especially for college students who may be away from home. Whether you are dealing with anxiety or depression or are experiencing a crisis, we have resources that can help. See below for more information that can help you find an ally and get help:
RESOURCES FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS
California Coalition for Youth
Youth ages 12-24 can call or text 800-843-5200 or chat online for 24/7 crisis support.
One in 10 college students contemplates suicide. That means nine out of ten students have an opportunity to help! Website and program empower students with the knowledge and resources to help their friends who may be thinking about suicide. Find resources HERE.
National Alliance for Mental Illness: Young Adults
Young adulthood - the period between the ages of 18 and 25 - is a time of significant personal growth and change. The changes and decisions that often define this period of life can feel challenging, stressful and overwhelming for everyone. This is also the time when many people start experiencing mental health symptoms, as most mental health conditions present by age 25 or earlier.
Up to 75 percent of college students with possible mental health issues do not seek help for what ails them. Learn about the most common mental health issues facing college students, and critical mental health resources available to help.
Learn about mindfulness, the power of a good night's sleep, and cultivating a healthier and happier life.
Get immediate, free support. By phone at 1-855-845-7415 or online chat. The Warm Line aims to be a highly accessible, low-threshold mental health resource that people can use to seek support before they've reached the crisis point, in the hope that support now will prevent crisis later.
is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need to thrive. We're the leading independent nonprofit in children's mental health, operating three Mission Areas that work together for greater impact: Care, Education and Science. Financial aid is available for qualifying families.
According to National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI): Mental illness affects everyone. Nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States.
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
California Resources for emotional support and well-being
Resources for emotional support and well-being that provides a collection of ways to find a mental health providers, emergency hotlines and other supports.
Additionally, the California Surgeon General's Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19 and the California Surgeon General's Playbook: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19 are simple guides that offer information and tips on how to help reduce stress hormones during this challenging time.
Local Mental Health Resources
Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services
Phone: 1 (800) 704-0900
Suicide and Crisis Hotline 24/7: 1 (855) 278-4204
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Sonoma County
WARMLINE (866-906-6264) Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
California Department of Health Care Services
is the backbone of California's health care safety net, helping millions of low-income and disabled Californians each and every day.
County Mental Health Plan Contact List
From the California Department of Health Care Services, look for your county to get a 1-800 service number to reach your local Mental Health Plan.
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-309-2131
Text SAFE TO 20121: Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Support Groups contact Clinical Director: Devah DeFusco, LMFT 510-420-2475
Counseling Services Program: 1-800-260-0094
The Warm Line is 24/7 emotional & mental health support and referrals for anyone in California looking for help.
Buckelew Programs, serving the North Bay, including the rich history of Family Service Agency of Marin and Helen Vine Recovery Center. (Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino Counties)
24/7 Suicide Hotline: (415) 499-1100
24/7 Grief Counseling: (415) 499-1195
To make an appointment call: (415) 491-5700
Crisis and Suicide: 800-833-2900
Crisis Text: text "HOPE" to 20121
M-F 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Crisis Stabilization Unit - Edgewood Center for Children and Families
Main Line: 415-682-3278
Referrals are accepted 24/7
The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) evaluates and triages children and youth (ages 5-17) who are experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms or a mental health crisis.
San Francisco Suicide Prevention's 24-hour Crisis Line provides immediate crisis intervention and emotional support to everyone who calls or texts.
Crisis Line: 415-781-0500 or 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: 24/7 Confidential Support, Text MYLIFE to 741741
San Francisco Comprehensive Child Crisis Line: 415-970-3800
Sonoma County Crisis Stabilization Unit
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The nation's only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. Phone: (415) 921-8850
Mental health services organization serving San Mateo County.
24/7 hotline: 650-579-0350
Text: "BAY" to 741741
Phone (650) 591-9623
Asian Mental Health Collective offers low-cost mental health services for Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Children's Health Council provides best-in-class learning and mental health services to families from diverse backgrounds regardless of language, location or ability to pay.
For English, call 650-688-3625
For Spanish, call 650-688-3650
Asian Americans for Community Involvement Behavioral Health offers linguistically and culturally sensitive services that help clients overcome barriers to care.
Asian Health Services serves and advocates for the medically underserved, including the immigrant and refugee Asian community, and ensures equal access to health care services regardless of income, insurance status, language, or culture.
National Mental Health Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255
American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
Develops national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Current services available for U.S. troops and families as well as those affected by a natural disaster or man-made trauma.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS)
One of the nation's oldest and most highly regarded, academic-based organizations dedicated to advancing trauma-informed knowledge, leadership and methodologies. They have multiple resources, facts sheets, and education and training programs
Need to talk? 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Living with mental illness may sometimes leave you feeling hopeless and alone. Often, you may not know what's wrong or you may even feel like you've done something wrong. Even when you do understand what's happening, you may find it hard to talk about what you're going through with friends and family. The stigma associated with having a mental illness often makes it hard to talk openly about your feelings and experiences. We want you to know that help is available.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Call the NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-6264
In a Crisis? Text NAMI to 741741
California Coalition for Youth
24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE FOR TEENS 12-24: 1-800-843-5200
If you are a teen or young adult experiencing emotional trauma, or are feeling any stress, anger, or any other problem, the California Coalition for youth has both a 24 hour hotline as well as a chat service if you prefer to communicate via text. CA Coalition is committed to connecting youth to mental health services that work for them.
Daly City Youth Health Services: Free mental health clinic
DCYHS is committed to making sure mental health is accessible to some of the people who need it the most- teens and youth. They provide counseling for abuse, addiction, anxiety, trouble with peers/teachers, even if you just need someone to talk to.
If you or a loved one are dealing with mental health issues or suicidal thoughts, here are some organizations that offer help and hope.
TAKE ACTION: What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal
And this list will keep growing, so if you know of a resource we've missed, scroll to to the bottom of this page to make a suggestion.
If you're looking for help with bullying or teen mental health, click here for a list of resources.
Napa County: Mental Health Crisis Services
24 Hour Mental Health Crisis Hotline: (707) 253-4711
Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-843-5200
Sonoma County Department of Health Services: Suicide Prevention
North Bay Suicide Prevention hotline is a toll-free, confidential 24/7 suicide prevention hotline (1-855-587-6373)
24 Hour Emergency Mental Health Hotline: (800) 746-8181.
Grief Resources for Children & Teens
Kara: Grief Support for Children, Teens, Families & Adults
Kara provides comprehensive grief support, crisis intervention and education to individuals and communities facing the difficult realities of grief and loss.
Call for services: (650) 321-5272
The Dougy Center: Help for Grieving Teens
The Dougy Center provides a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share their experiences. They offer peer support groups, education, and training.
Crisis Text Line: text CONNECTto 741741
Teen Grief: Coping with the Loss of a Loved One
Hospice of the Valley offers a booklet and online videos specifically created for teens and adults who care about them.
Call for services: (602) 530-6900
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students
A resource designed for educators with the information, insights, and practical advice they need to better understand and meet the needs of the millions of grieving kids in America's classrooms.
Call for services: 1-877-53-NCSCB (1-877-536-2722)
National Association of School Psychologists: Addressing Student Grief
NASP offers these facts and tips for youth coping with traumatic or unsettling times.
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
NCSCB at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is dedicated to helping schools support their students through crisis and loss. NCSCB offers crisis response, education and training, and advocacy and research.
Crisis Hotline: 1-877-53-NCSCB (1-877-536-2722)
UCSF Health: Bereavement Resources and Services
National and Bay Area grief support for children, teens, adults, and families.
Various phone numbers in list
National Alliance for Grieving Children: California Programs
NAGC raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them.
This is a statewide directory of resources and camps
When you walk in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walks, you join efforts with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives.
Additional Resources for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Communities
Text 741741 - for free, 24/7 mental health support and crisis intervention via text message.
Text "NATIVE" to 741741 so the crisis text counsel is prompted with a fact sheet/resource tips to help in tribal communities.
Text "STEVE" to 741741 so young people of color can be connected to a trained and culturally competent crisis counselor.
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 for LGBTQ youth community.
TrevorLifeline: Call (866) 488-7386.
TrevorText: Text "START" to 678678 - 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ young people.
A space for peer support, counseling, witnessing and affirming the lived experiences to people who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black Femme Lens.
Call (800) 604-5841
Resource page for BIPOC youth, young adults and families.
Black Emotional and Mental Health
Resource page for the Black community.
Additional Resources for Disaster Distress
Feelings of emotional distress are common reactions after disasters like wildfires, and there are resources where you can get help. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), "Feelings such as overwhelming anxiety, constant worrying, trouble sleeping, and other depression-like symptoms are common responses before, during, and after wildfires."
24/7 Crisis Counseling 1-800-985-5990 (Press 2 for Spanish)
Text TalkWithUs to 66746
Text Hablanos to 66746 (for Spanish)
Find crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
You don't have to be directly affected by the wildfire to be in distress. Here are some tips from American Psychological Association:
How to Talk to Children After a Wildfire:
From National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
- Model being calm and hopeful after the wildfire.
- Provide accurate information and answer questions honestly and at an appropriate developmental level.
- Be patient when responding to changes in behavior.
- Provide reassurance, a daily routine, and structure.
- Pay attention to their own well-being and coping.
Click here for Tips for parents of school-age children
Click here for Tips for parents of teens
If you know your power will be shut off during the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff, here are some ideas on how to keep your kids busy:
Click here for Activities in the dark
Click here for Daytime Activities for kids evacuated from homes or without power
More tips are available from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
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