National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

At the heart of NAMI San Diego’s mission is the sharing of information and striving to end the stigma associated with mental illness. To this end, we offer 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.

Parental Stress Hotline

Parents and caregivers with problems related to their children call for support. Trained volunteer counselors who are sympathetic and non-judgmental answer the Parental Stress Line. No problem is too big or too small for a parent to call. We have a translation service so if you, or someone you know, needs a translator don’t hesitate to call.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Child Abuse Hotline

Child Abuse Hotline receives referrals from the community. The Hotline social worker does an immediate assessment of the referral. If the child is determined to be at risk, a social worker is assigned to investigate.


858-560-2191 or 1-800-344-6000

24-Hour Battered Women’s Hotline

Through the YWCA, the 24-Hour battered Women’s Hotline is an emergency crisis line for life-threatening situations related to domestic violence.

The Trevor Project: 24-Hour Hotline

The Trevor Project provides a 24-hour hotline that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people (LGBTQ) ages 13-24.

Access and Crisis Line

The Optum Access and Crisis Line (ACL) has been serving the people of San Diego County since 1997. It receives thousands of calls per month related to suicide prevention, crisis intervention, community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services. Confidential and free of charge, the line is immediately answered 7 days a week, 24 hours a day by Master’s-level and Licensed Clinicians. The counselors average 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of backgrounds, including: emotionally disturbed youth, geriatric social services, nursing, in-home domestic violence intervention, case management, and drug and alcohol abuse. Language interpreter services enable the ACL to assist in 150 languages within seconds.

24-Hour California Youth Crisis Line

The California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) is a toll free, statewide, 24-hour confidential Hotline available to teens and young adults ages 12-24 and/or any adults supporting youth. CYCL is also a reliable and immediate free link between youth and local services. We can help you find homeless youth shelters, youth-serving medical clinics, on-going counseling services and more throughout California.