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Crisis Hotlines, Warmlines & Resources

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The California Department of Public Health does not provide direct services such as crisis intervention or suicide prevention counseling. Resources and support services provided by other organizations can be found below.​​
Need Support Now?
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors that provide free and
confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.​

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org
988 Línea de prevencion del suicidio y crisis 988 Línea de prevencion del suicidio y crisis
Si tú o alguien que conoces necesita apoyo, llama al 988 (servicio en español) o envía un texto al 988 o chat vía​​​​​​​ 988lifeline.org​ (en inglés).
Veterans Crisis Line Dial 988 then Press 1​​ Veterans Crisis Line Dial 988 then Press 1

What is the Difference Between a Warmline and a Hotline?

Warmlines provide emotional support that can prevent a crisis. Typically staffed by peers (paid or volunteer) that have experience with mental health challenges, warm lines provide comfort and support during challenging times, such as challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, pain, depression, finances, alcohol/drug use, etc. Crisis Lines (or Hotlines) are intended to be used when a person has suicidal thoughts and/or intent, or another mental health crisis that poses immediate or imminent risk to the caller. Crisis lines, staffed by trained counselors, are more focused on keeping people safe in the moment and getting them connected to crisis resources as quickly as possible.

California’s Statewide Hotlines, Warmlines and Resources

In this section you will find a list of crisis lines, warm lines and suicide prevention resources open to everyone, as well as those tailored to specific population groups.​​​
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