National Crisis Line 988
As of Saturday, those experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis can now call or text 9-8-8 to get professional help.
It’s designed to be a memorable & quick number that connects people who are suicidal or in any other mental health crisis to a trained mental health professional.
Mental health advocates hope this change will address the fact that 911 wasn’t set up to address mental health needs.
While 988 reduces the likelihood of a police response to a mental health crisis, it’s estimated that 20% of the time they arrange for a police or mobile crisis team (possibly with police) to transport callers to an ER or psychiatric facility.
San Diego’s Access/Crisis Line: 888-724-7240
A local resource offering free support/resources in San Diego in 200+ languages. There is the possibility of the police being dispatched to calls depending on the crisis.
NAMI Warm Line 619-295-1055, available daily 3:30pm – 11pm
This San Diego, non-crisis resource offers callers information & empathy from peers with personal experience of mental health issues/recovery.
NAMI San Diego Helpline 619-543-1434 or 800-523-5933 Mon-Fri 10 am – 5 pm
This local resource offers free & confidential non-crisis support/resources in San Diego.
Community Helpline 877-541-2525 Available every day 8am-8pm
This California resource has trained community members available to listen in a non-judgmental & empathic way.
Trevor Project: Text START to 678-678 or Call: 866-488-7386
For queer people needing crisis support, connect to a counselor 24/7. In specific situations, with concern of imminent suicide, emergency services (i.e. police) may be called to respond.
Trans Life Line: 877-565-8860
For trans, non-binary, & gender queer folks wanting support you can call this resource, which is run by & for trans people and has been divested from police since the beginning.
Source: NPR and Times of San Diego