Disclaimer: This is not to be construed as medical or legal advice. This is an evolving list of resources for mental health care and should not be taken as an endorsement. If you need a referral please speak to your doctor.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:

24/7 support. Deaf and hard-of-hearing, dial 711 then 988.
988 is specifically for mental health crises or emergencies.
Linea de Prevención Del Suicidio Y Crisis: 24/7 apoyo 988.

Crisis Resources:

Talk Lines & Warm Lines (Non-Crisis):

LGBTQIA+ Resources:

  • The Trevor Project: 24/7 support for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678-678. Also offers a safe social networking platform for LGBTQ+ youth 13-24.
  • LGBTQ+ National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743. Available afternoons and evenings Mon-
  • Trans Lifeline: 24/7 support for transgender people struggling with their gender 1-877-565-8860
  • Transyouth Family Allies: Resources for trans, gender variant, and gender questioning youth and their families. 1-888-462-8932
  • Community Human Services (Monterey County): Counseling and therapy services for LGBTQ+ individuals in Salinas and Seaside. 1-831-658-3811

Bullying & Discrimination Resources:

  • Stomp Out Bullying: HelpChat Line for youths 13-24, open Weds-Friday evenings until 9pm PT
  • The Steve Fund: 24/7 text line for youth of color needing support . Text “STEVE” to 741741
  • CalHOPE Connect: 24/7 live chat for Californians of color in need of culturally sensitive support
  • Immigrants Rising: Virtual 6-week support groups for undocumented youth
  • We R Native: Health resource for Native youth with culturally-affirming information and text alerts
  • The Epicenter: Support, coaching, and workshops for system-involved and under-resourced youth

Substance Use & Addiction Resources:

Relationships & Sexuality Resources:

Self-Harm & Eating Disorders Resources:

Grief & Loss Resources:

  • National Alliance for Grieving Children: Resources, guidelines, and tips for parents and youth experiencing grief
  • Lap of Love: Virtual pet loss resources, support groups, and counseling. 1-855-933-5683
  • Central Coast Suicide Crisis Line: 24/7 local information, support groups, counseling referrals for suicide prevention and grieving after losing someone to suicide. 1-877-663-5433
  • Kara: Grief support services, workshops for youth and families. 1-650-321-5272
  • Jacob’s Heart: Counseling and bereavement support for youth with cancer and their families 1-831-724-9100

Websites/Apps for Coping:

  • Virtual Hope Box: Free app to help an individual going through a mental health crisis
  • Calm: Free app for guided meditation and mindfulness
  • Sanvello: Free app for stress, anxiety, and depression through CBT and mindfulness strategies
  • 99 Coping Skills: List of self-care activities to help cope with stress, anxiety, and depression
  • The Jed Foundation: Mental health resource center for youth to support themselves and one another
  • How Right Now: Website from the CDC with tips for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

Therapy Referrals & Community Clinics Monterey County:

  • Ohana Center for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: (831) 642-6201 Outpatient child- and family-centered mental and behavioral health
  • Monterey County Behavioral Health: 24/7 mental health support, information, and resources in Monterey County: 1-888-258-6029
  • NAMI Monterey County: Local programs, support groups, and resources for those living with a mental health condition and their families. 1-831-422-6264 open 8:30am-1:30pm PT Mon-Thurs
  • Community Human Services: Substance abuse and mental health counseling services for middle/low income individuals and families in Monterey County. 1-831-658-3811
  • Equine Healing Collaborative: Equine-assisted psychotherapy in Monterey 1-831-582-1017
  • Harmony at Home: Counseling programs for youth. Carmel 1-831-625-5160, Salinas 1-831-272-6644
  • Door to Hope: Mental health and substance use disorder services for youth and families in Monterey County. 1-831-758-0181

1 in 5 of today’s youth have, or will have a serious mental illness.

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