Crisis Services

If you are having a mental health crisis, feeling suicidal, or at risk for harming yourself or another person, these hotlines are available 24 hours a day. You can also access help at a local emergency room.

24 Hour Crisis Hotline            Contra Costa County – Psychiatric Emergency Service
Alameda County                                                            925-646-2800

California Suicide and Crisis Hotlines       RAINN – 24-hr National Sexual Assault Hotline,
Nationwide Hotline                                                           1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

San Francisco County Psych Emergency Services      24-hour Crisis Line, San Francisco
415-206-8125                                                                     415-781-0500 or  800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line – “Text START to 741741. Live crisis counselor available 24/7 in the USA.”

Trans Lifeline – 877-565-8860 – Crisis Hotline by and for the transgender community (does not engage police).

The Trevor Project1-888-843-4564 provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+

Project LETS – “Crisis situations often stem from multiple unaddressed issues with a person’s ability to exist comfortably in their environment. Whether you are in crisis, approaching crisis, or supporting someone in crisis — slow down, take a moment to sense what is happening in your body, and remember that you do not need to navigate this alone.”

Fireweed Collective – crisis toolkit; community healing for social change

Additional Resources

Access Institute in San Francisco – lower cost therapy in San Francisco

Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health – lower cost therapy in Bay Area, CA

Bay Area Women Against Rape

Blue Oak Therapy Center – lower cost therapy in Berkeley

Brown Boi Project – social justice organization for young masculine of center womyn, trans men, and queer/straight men of color

Community United Against Violence – queer anti-violence organization

Cosmology of Whiteness – critical reflections on white dominant culture

East Bay Meditation Center – “A diverse community sharing wisdom teachings and social engagement.”

Erin Wood Acupuncture – acupuncture and herbal medicine; se habla español

How to Choose A Good Counselor or Therapist

Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Education Department – classes on Managing Depression, Anxiety, Anger, MBSR, Improving Your Sleep, etc.

Liberate – a meditation app to support the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community in healing to thrive with love

Living Arts Counseling Center – “Innovative Psychotherapy Services through Drama and Expressive Arts” – highly recommended for children, teens, couples, and adults

Low cost Mental Health Services in Alameda County for Women and Families – Low Cost, Sliding Scale Fees 2015-16

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

North American Drama Therapy Association

Pacific Center – community-based LGBTQ mental health and wellness services in Berkeley

Project LETS – Let’s Erase the Stigma, “a national grassroots organization and movement led by and for folks with lived experience of mental illness/madness, Disability, trauma, & neurodivergence”

The Psychotherapy Institute  – lower cost therapy services in Berkeley

Psychology Today – extensive search engine to find psychotherapists and other resources

San Francisco Sex Information – blog that provides confidential, accurate, non-judgmental information about sex and reproductive health.

Terry Real and the Relational Life Institute – couples & family therapist, author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression

Therapists of Color Bay Area Directory

The 3 Steps to Find the Best Therapist for You

Wright Institute Counseling Center – lower cost therapy

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