Mental Health Help

Click through the questions below if you are looking for services in San Diego for yourself or a loved one. If you or someone you know is in immediate risk of harm to self, call the suicide hotline at 800-273-8255.

The Access & Crisis Line is staffed by Master's Level and Licensed clinicians who provide immediate support and information for suicide prevention, crisis intervention, community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services.

Call 888-724-7240 to also access MCRT, a Mobile Crisis Response Team. They provide in-person support to anyone, anywhere, experiencing a mental health, drug, or alcohol-related crisis. MCRT dispatches behavioral health experts to emergency calls instead of law enforcement, when appropriate, with teams made up of clinicians, case managers, and peer support specialists.

  • For more information, visit MCRT

Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) responds to psychiatric emergencies. PERT operates within San Diego County and consists of licensed mental health clinicians paired with specially trained law enforcement officers and paramedics. Together, they interact with persons experiencing a behavioral health crisis who have come to the attention of public safety agencies. 

  • For more information visit PERT.
  • To access PERT services, dial 911 and ask for a PERT to be dispatched to your location.

Additional Options for Specific Populations:

  • Kids & Youth: Rady Children’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care: 858-966-5484. Assessment, crisis intervention and inks to resources in collaboration with community partners.
  • Medi-cal Insurance Only: Emergency Screening Unit 4309 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92103. Call 619-876-4502
  • Veterans: Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center,
    3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92161

    Mental Health Clinic: 858-642-3391

NAMI San Diego Helpline is a telephone service for families, friends and those affected by serious mental illness; provides information about resources and support groups. To schedule an appointment to talk to someone in person call 619-398-9850

Visit NAMI San Diego

Suicide Prevention – Hotline: 800-273-8255 (effective July 2022, the three-digit emergency number will be 988).

Visit 211SanDiego