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Crisis Hotlines & Resources

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.

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Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-Talk(8255)

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

To connect with a crisis counselor, text the crisis text line at 741741. It’s free and available 24/7.

These lifelines are free and confidential.

You'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or text HOME to 741741 at the Crisis Text Line.

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California’s Statewide Hotlines/Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255 or text 838255 (24/7)

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 74174

Veterans Suicide Crisis Line

1-800-8255 and Press 1

California Parent and Youth Helpline



833-317-HOPE (4673)

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (24/7)

Trevor Project (LGBTQ youth)

Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 (24/7)


SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Trans Lifeline 

The Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers. Call us if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans. Call (800) 877-565-8860 open 24/7 but staff is limited. Guaranteed to be available from 2 pm –10 pm PST.

Teen Line

Call (800) 852-8336 (6 pm– 10 pm PST) 
Text TEEN to 839863 (6 pm –10 pm PST). Offering anonymous support for teenagers by phone, text or email. No problem is too small, too large or too shocking for the trained volunteers.

California Youth (ages 12-24) Crisis Line

Call or text 1-800-843-5200 or chat online (24/7)


Take Action for Mental Health

Take Action for Mental Health is the campaign for California’s ongoing mental health movement. It builds upon established approaches and provides resources to support Californians’ mental health needs.

Each Mind Matters Resource Center

Each Mind Matters is California’s Mental Health Movement.  Browse their initiatives, collections and resources to find tools to improve mental health and equality in communities, prevent suicide, and promote student mental health.

Know the Signs (English)  Reconozca Las Senales (Espanol) 

Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This website also features an annual Suicide Prevention Digital Toolkit and links to suicide prevention resources in Spanish and many other languages, as well as a section for youth and schools.

Make the Connection

An online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

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