If you're experiencing a psychiatric emergency and you feel safe doing so, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room or urgent care facility.
24/7 Crisis Support
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The TransLifeline Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and questioning peers. Call if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.
This hotline operates 24/7 but when call volumes are high, it may take a little longer to connect. They urge you to call back if you have trouble connecting initially.
When you call:
You'll speak to a trans/nonbinary peer operator
You'll receive full anonymity & confidentiality
They won't enact nonconsensual active rescue (calling 911, emergency services, or law enforcement)
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project offers 24/7 support to LGBTQ youth from anywhere in the U.S. Calls, texts, and chats are 100% confidential and 100% free. If you are thinking about harming yourself — get immediate support.
Text: START to 678-678
When you call:
You'll be connected to a Trevor counselor who is understanding of LGBTQ issues and won’t judge you. Your conversation will be anonymous, and you can share as much or as little as you like.
The Trevor Project also hosts an international community for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24 which you can learn more about this community and sign up to start a conversation by visiting thetrevorproject.com/get-help/
Los Angeles LGBT Center offers programs, services, and global advocacy to the LA LGBTQ community that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, and Leadership and Advocacy. Visit their website to learn more or connect to services.
The National Eating Disorder Helpline
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) understands that eating disorders are serious illnesses and not lifestyle choices. They support individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serve as a catalyst for prevention, healing, and access to quality care.
NEDA offers confidential assistance at their toll-free helpline: 1-800-931-2237
Monday - Thursday: 11a-9p EST
Friday: 11a-5p EST
Closed most major holidays
Translation services are available on the phone
You can explore additional support resources at their online resource directory and they can provide referrals if you are engaging in high-risk eating disorder patterns such as purging, restricting, and other compensatory weight loss behaviors.
Substance Use Support
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective) is a national organization is dedicated to Black healing and wellness. BEAM offers online support groups, including Heart Space (emotional skills building space for Black folks to learn, support and grow in their own healing), North Star (peer support space for mental health and healing professionals) and Blake’s Place (for trans masculine, genderqueer and intersex masculine folks to connect, share and build community). Pay what you can up to $20.
Native American Health Center
Native American Health Center (NAHC) provides behavioral health care to community members in Northern California in need regardless of tribal affiliations or ethnicity. Their diverse team of experienced professionals provides individual psychotherapy and group treatment services that are guided by the community and best practices. They respect and support the unique beliefs and cultural traditions of their members.
Behavioral Health Crisis & 24/7 Confidential Support Lines
Alameda County (800) 309-2131
San Francisco (415) 781-0500
National (800) 273-8255
Crisis Text Line Text MYLIFE to 741741.
Pacific Asian Counseling Services
Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS) provides culturally sensitive counseling with expertise in Asian American Pacific Islander populations. Languages include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Spanish, Khmer and others. Therapy takes place in the office or at client’s home. Offices in Westchester, Long Beach and Van Nuys.
Latinx Therapy was founded in 2018 with the mission to destigmatize mental health in the Latinx community. Since then, they have expanded to become a bilingual podcast and national directory to find a Latinx Therapist (98% of their directory are Spanish speakers). Latinx Therapy strives to provide culturally-grounded workshops and services to their community.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line serves Veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them, including friends and family members. Their support line is available 24/7, access is free, confidential, and you do not have to be enrolled in VA benefits or healthcare to call.
Phone: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
You can also simply dial 988 and press 1
When you call:
A caring, qualified responder will listen and provide support
Your call will be free and confidential, and you decide how much information to share
Responders will connect you with resources that can help when you're in distress
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Their 24/7 hotline is free, confidential, and aimed at offering support in brainstorming healthy alternatives, de-escalating situations, and discussing how Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs may be able to help you.
The hotline may be experiencing high call/chat volume. Wait times to connect with their live advocates may be longer than 15 minutes. If you are looking for local providers and resources, please search their Get Help section.
Call: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Test START to 88788
**Always remember to keep your safety in mind when contacting The Hotline. Internet usage can be monitored and is impossible to erase completely. If you’re concerned your internet usage might be monitored, call the hotline at 800.799.SAFE (7233) rather than visiting their website.
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and leading authority on sexual violence. They are a dynamic organization comprised of experts in victim services, public education, public policy, consulting services, and technology. Their team works together to provide best-in-class services for survivors, inform and educate the nation about sexual violence, and improve the public policy and criminal justice response to sexual violence.
Whether you’re looking for support, information, advice, or a referral, RAINN's trained support specialists are ready to help.
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide. Services include testing and treatment for STDs, prescribing of birth control and emergency contraception, and in-clinic abortions or abortions via pill. For support from Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) in finding a health care center, call 1-800-230-PLAN.
Don't Call the Police
Not everyone feels safe calling 911 and involving
law enforcement in their mental health.
As advocates work toward policy and funding solutions to develop alternative systems of public safety, this directory has been compiled to offer community-based alternatives to law enforcement in the event of a mental health emergency.
In order to provide the most effective alternatives to calling the police or 911, unless otherwise indicated, the resources included at each city link are limited to those that offer immediate assistance through emergency or crisis services.