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SAN DIEGO ORGANIZATIONS
Community Health Improvement Partners-Suicide Prevention Council (SPC)
The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council (SPC) is a collaborative community-wide effort focused on realizing a vision of zero suicides in San Diego County. Their mission is to prevent suicide and its devastating consequences in San Diego County.
The It’s Up to Us campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help. The organization does not provide any direct services but is a hub of information to other local and national resources. It provides links to crisis line and online live help.
Call the San Diego County’s Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240
Learn more: https://up2sd.org/learn/suicide-prevention/
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – San Diego Chapter
AFSP focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
Learn more: https://afsp.org/chapter/afsp-san-diego/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – San Diego Chapter
NAMI offers a helpline, support groups, educational meetings, newsletters, a lending library and a number of classes on mental illness held at various locations throughout San Diego County. Nami offers multiple in-person services, including workshops, forums and trainings.
Learn more: https://namisandiego.org/
San Diego LGBT Center – Support Groups
The San Diego LGBT Center offers a wide array of support groups in response to the needs of our varied communities. Some support groups are peer-led, while others are facilitated by Behavioral Health Services staff counselors and counseling interns.
Learn more: https://thecentersd.org/support-groups/
North County LGBTQ Resource Center – Mental Health Intake
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center provides clinical service intakes and referrals at low or no cost. Therapy intake sessions are provided by several associates and licensed therapists. Our associates are pre and post graduate directly supervised by Dr. Nicole Kent. We provide consultations every day, Monday to Friday, by appointment only. Your session fee is based on a sliding scale approach. Sliding scale is anything between $25 to $65 per session.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
- Funding scientific research
- Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
- Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Learn more: https://afsp.org/
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
AAS is an inclusive community that envisions a world where people know how to prevent suicide and find hope and healing. Their mission is to promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it.
Learn more: https://www.suicidology.org/
Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to the Lifeline network.
The previous Lifeline phone number below (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis:
Learn more: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
SAVE is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and operating under the nonprofit laws of the State of Minnesota. SAVE works at the international, national, state and local levels to prevent suicide using a public health model in suicide prevention; concentrating its efforts on education and awareness.
Learn more: https://save.org/who-we-are/
JED Foundation (JED)
The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
Learn more: https://www.jedfoundation.org/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Learn more: https://nami.org/Home
Mental Health America (MHA)
Mental Health America (MHA) –founded in 1909 –is 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.
Learn more: https://www.mhanational.org/
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Learn more: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by making suicide prevention accessible to everyone and removing barriers to help by:
- Empowering individuals and communities through leadership, awareness, education
- By collaborating and partnering with support networks to reduce stigma and help save lives.
Learn more: https://yellowribbon.org/
Trans Lifeline is an organization run by and for trans people, offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis. Its mission is to connect trans people to a community of support and resources.
Learn more: https://translifeline.org/
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline
The LGBT National Hotline is for all ages. They provide a safe, anonymous, confidential space where callers, online chatters, or emailers can speak privately on different issues and concerns including, but not limited to:
- Coming out issues
- Gender and/or sexuality identities
- Relationship concerns
- Workplace issues and bullying
- HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information
Learn more: https://www.glbthotline.org/
PFLAG is an organization that provides support, information, and resources for LGBTQ people, their parents and families, and allies. They provide multiple different resource hotlines.
PFLAG Hotlines: https://pflag.org/hotlines
SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline
Resources such as health care, transportation, counseling, legal services and emotional support programs for LGBT elders.
Call: 1-877-360-LGBT (5428)
Learn more: https://www.sageusa.org/
The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP)
The AGLP provides mental health resources for LGBTQ+ individuals, including psychiatric professionals.
Learn more: https://www.aglp.org/
Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA)
The BMHA is an expansive database of culturally competent and patient-centered licensed mental health professionals.
Learn more: https://blackmentalhealth.com/
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color. Provides a directory to help queer and trans people of color locate mental health practitioners.
Learn more: https://nqttcn.com/en/
Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)
SAIGE has educational, counseling, and support resources for LGBTQ+ individuals.
Learn more: https://saigecounseling.org/
Violence & Abuse Resources
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect
If you suspect that a child’s health or safety is jeopardized due to abuse or neglect by parents or other caretaker who has custody of the child, contact the child protective services agency in your county. These 24-hour Hotlines are staffed by trained social workers.
If you are reporting suspected child abuse or neglect regarding children in another county please contact that county’s child protective services agency.
YWCA of San Diego County
YWCA provides services to all genders of adult and child survivors who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Our comprehensive programs are designed to help survivors understand their options and access critical resources at the pace and level that is best for their unique circumstances. Our priority is to provide safe and flexible solutions that lead to healing, stability, and opportunity for a healthy and thriving life.
Call the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 619-234-3164
Learn more: https://www.ywcasandiego.org/help/services/
San Diego Family Justice Center
The San Diego Family Justice Center, the first center of its kind in the U.S., provides help and hope to victims of family violence — adults and children. Every day, those affected by family violence, child abuse, and elder abuse, find safety, protection from their abuser, legal help, counseling, food, clothing, spiritual support, medical assistance, and so many other free services from the center’s professionals and volunteers.
Call: 866-933-4673 (HOPE)
Learn more: https://www.sandiego.gov/yoursafeplace
Community Resource Center
Community Resource Center (CRC) provides emergency shelter and comprehensive services supporting families affected by domestic violence, and works to prevent violence through educational programs. Domestic Violence Program participants receive comprehensive social services to facilitate the transition to healthier, happier, and safer lives.
Call the 24-hour Emergency Hotline: 877-633-1112
Learn more: https://crcncc.org/domestic-violence-program/
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline
RAINN provides the national hotline for sexual violence survivors as well as information on topics related to sexual assault. RAINN also provides confidential crisis counseling online for rape and sexual abuse survivors in the U.S. and internationally. Chat online with a trained support specialist.
Learn more: https://rainn.org/
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
Learn more: https://www.nsvrc.org/
Center for Community Solutions (CCS)
It is our mission to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. CCS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities.
Learn more: https://www.ccssd.org/
SafeHouse Center Support Groups
Although each survivor’s experience is unique, it can be especially helpful to talk to others who have been or are going through situations similar to your own. The groups provide a safe environment as well as support and healing from the abuse you have experienced in your life. Support groups are currently available via Zoom video and/or audio conference and are free and confidential.
Learn more: https://www.safehousecenter.org/supportgroups/
Make the Connection
Learn more about military sexual trauma (MST), treatment options, self-help tools, and resources to overcome the effects of MST.
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Our mission also includes serving family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.
Learn more: https://1in6.org/
The Network/La Red Hotline
The Network/La Red’s 24-hour hotline provides confidential emotional support, information, referrals, safety planning, and crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender (LGBQ/T) folks, as well as folks in SM/kink and polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner. We also offer information and support to friends, family, or co-workers on the issue of domestic violence in LGBQ/T communities. All hotline staff are trained in domestic violence, peer counseling, crisis intervention, and safety planning.
Call: 617-742-4911 (voice)
Call: 800-832-1901 (Toll-Free)
The Network/La Red Support Group
The Network/La Red telephone support group specializes in serving adult lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender survivors of partner abuse. This group may fill in the gap for survivors who cannot attend an in-person support group for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to disability, illness, and geographic location, or the abuse itself.
Learn more: https://www.tnlr.org/en/support-groups/
Love Is Respect
Love Is Respect is a national resource that offers 24/7 information, education, support, resources, and advocacy to young people, between the ages of 13 and 26, who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships to prevent unhealthy relationships.
Learn more: https://www.loveisrespect.org/
Housing & Homelessness Resources
San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and City of San Diego (City) Homelessness Programs
The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and City of San Diego (City) Homelessness Programs provide temporary shelter, supportive services, and permanent housing to some of the City’s most vulnerable residents.
San Diego LGBT Center
San Diego is experiencing a housing crisis and our LGBTQ community is significantly impacted. The Center is extremely proud of our work to help LGBTQ people who are experiencing housing insecurity or experiencing homelessness though our housing continuum. Housing insecurity and homelessness create other impacts on a person’s health and well-being and The Center is deeply committed to doing all we can to support them. The Center also provides rental assistance and many surrounding services and resources to prevent homelessness.
Learn more: https://thecentersd.org/housing-services/
San Diego Food Bank
The San Diego Food Bank provides nutritious foods to individuals and families who are in need, in communities throughout San Diego County. By partnering with nearly 500 nonprofit partners, the San Diego Food Bank serves, on average, 350,000 people per month and distributes 28 million pounds of food annually.
Learn more: https://sandiegofoodbank.org/
Chicano Federation has provided access to child care, early childhood education, and affordable housing to communities for over 50 years. Serving more than 10,000 people annually, the Chicano Federation provides opportunities for all San Diegans in need to build a better future for their communities.
Learn more: https://www.chicanofederation.org/
MAAC Project focuses on helping individuals and families create the lives they want and deserve by maximizing self-sufficiency through high quality programs and advocacy. MAAC provides life-changing services to over 35,000 individuals through their Pathways of Service, which include Advocacy & Leadership Development, Economic Development, Education, Health and Well-being, and Housing.
Learn more: https://maacproject.org/
The Alpha Project’s mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery, and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.
If you are in need of help from the Alpha Project, learn more on how they can help you here: https://www.alphaproject.org/programs
If you are interested in donating, learn more about how you can donate here: https://www.alphaproject.org/donate
Father Joe’s Village
For decades, Father Joe’s Village has helped prevent and end homelessness in San Diego through their CREED values (compassion, respect, empathy, empowerment, and dignity).
If you are in need of help from Father Joe’s Village, learn more on how they can help you here: https://my.neighbor.org/get-help/
If you are interested in donating, learn more about how you can donate here: https://my.neighbor.org/take-action/donate-goods/
San Diego Rescue Mission
The SD Rescue Mission’s goal is to get people off the streets permanently by distributing donated resources to meet the needs of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness throughout San Diego.
If you are in need of help from the SD Rescue Mission, learn more on how they can help you here: https://www.sdrescue.org/our-programs/
If you are interested in donating, learn more about how you can donate here: https://www.sdrescue.org/meet-the-needs-during-covid-19/#list
My Girlfriend’s Closet
My Girlfriend’s Closet provides quality, gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories to economically disadvantaged teenage girls and young women.
If you interested in attending a My Girlfriend’s Closet clothing distribution event, learn more here: https://www.mgcsandiego.org/our-events/
If you are interested in donating items, learn more about how you can donate here: https://www.mgcsandiego.org/donate/#1535320347473-f8ea2b0d-7283
Sharia’s Closet provides free, emergency clothing to individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship or crisis.
If you are in need of clothing or essential hygiene items, learn more on how to obtain Sharia’s Closet’s services here: https://www.shariascloset.org/services/clothing-request/
If you are interested in donating, learn more about how you can donate here: https://www.shariascloset.org/get-involved/donate-clothing/
The National Runaway Safeline
The National Runaway Safeline responds to youth and families in crisis, serving as the national communications system for runaway and homeless youth, to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
Learn more: https://www.1800runaway.org/
San Diego Health Centers
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD)
For 50 years, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) mission has been to provide caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. FHCSD also offers high-quality and affordable LGBTQ Services to the community in a welcoming and open health care environment.
San Ysidro Health
San Ysidro Health provides medical, dental, and behavioral health services for the entire family. For over 50 years, they have been committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services to the communities they serve.
Learn more: http://www.syhc.org/
TrueCare specializes in providing quality healthcare and wellness services to communities, regardless of income or insurance status. TrueCare offers many health and wellness services including primary care, pediatric, women’s health, dental, and behavioral health, so people can get the care they need.
Learn more: https://truecare.org/
CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory
A directory of LGBTQ community centers to address social, cultural, health and political advocacy.
Learn more: https://www.lgbtcenters.org/LGBTCenters
A national nonprofit 501(c)(3) LGBTQ+ health equity organization that provides extensive information and resources on LGBTQ+ healthcare. OutCare has a number of national initiatives, including a directory
of LGBTQ+ culturally competent providers (the OutList).
Learn more: https://www.outcarehealth.org/