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By Joe Borders,
Marriage and Family Therapist
October 2, 2019
Greater Sacramento Area
Mental Health Crisis Resources
September was national suicide prevention awareness month and October is national domestic violence awareness month. Last year I connected with the crisis line director at Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County (SPYC) to ask about some common questions about suicide that come up in therapy.
There are A LOT of good resources like SPYC in our area, but it can be hard to find all of them unless you know their names. The following is a list of crisis resources available in the greater Sacramento area.
This list is intended to be an ongoing project and will likely change over time. If you know of any resources in the greater Sacramento area that you think should be added to this list, please contact us and let us know.
This list is for informational purposes only and we cannot guarantee or vouch for any of the services listed.
***If you are in immediate/imminent danger please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room***
-Click on any of the following categories to jump to the corresponding section of the resource page-
- Yolo County
- El Dorado County
- Placer County
- Sacramento County Mental Health Access Team
- Central California Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline
- Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug System of Care
- Other county alcohol and drug services
- Addiction Resource Center
- SAMHSA National Helpline
- The Center For Violence Free Relationships (El Dorado County)
- A Community For Peace
- Empower Yolo
- Man-Alive Sacramento
- National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline
- WEAVE 24 hour support and information line
- My Sister’s House
- Stand Up Placer
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline
- National Human Trafficking Hotline
- Mother Teresa Maternity Home
- Next Move Homeless Services
- Sacramento Loaves And Fishes
- Sacramento Self Help Housing
- Danelle’s Place – Respite
- Sacramento LGBT Community Center
- Sacramento LGBT Community Center – The Q Spot
- Trans Lifeline
- The Trevor Project
- California Poison Control
- Red Rover Relief
- The Ripple Effect Mental Health Respite Center
- Sacramento County MENTAL HEALTH URGENT CARE CLINIC (MHUCC)
- Sacramento County Mental Health Crisis Respite Center (CRC)
- Victims Of Crime Resource Center
- Crisis Text Line
- National Disaster Distress Helpline
- Chicks In Crisis
- A Mother’s Heart Maternal Support Line
- National Parent Helpline
- Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery
- Sacramento County Safely Surrender Baby Program
- Heritage Oaks Hospital
- Sierra Vista Hospital
- Sutter Center For Psychiatry
- El Dorado County Adult Protective Services
- Placer County Adult Protective Services
- Sacramento County Adult Protective Services
- Yolo County Adult Protective Services
- Institute On Aging 24-Hour Toll-Free Friendship Line
- Suicide Prevention Of Yolo County (SPYC)
- SPYC 24-Hour Crisis Lines
- SPYC Crisis Text Support
- Wellspace Health Suicide Prevention Prevention Crisis Lines
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Department of Defense Safe Helpline
- National Call Center For Homeless Veterans
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Wounded Warrior Project
- ASK Teen Crisis Lines
- Suicide Prevention of Yolo County School Safety Tip Lines
- The Source
- California Youth Crisis Line
- Wind Youth Cervices
- Youth Help Network
- Boys Town National Hotline
- Love Is Respect .org
- National Center For Missing And Exploited Children
- National Runaway Safeline
Many counties organize their mental health and crisis services through “access lines” or “access teams”. These contacts will help you find the resources you need in the community. Many county funded services require that you go through their access line first before receiving services. As such, calling an access line may include the person asking you some questions about what’s going on so they can assess the situation and better help you get the help you need.
Yolo County – (888) 965-6647
Adult Crisis & Intake 24 Hour Phone Line:
Simply call the Mental Health Access Team to request services and an over-the-phone assessment in order to be referred to an appropriate mental health service provider. This includes Mental Health Medi-Cal Service Providers and Prevention & Early Intervention and Mental Health Respite Service Providers.
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
(916) 875-1055 or toll free (888) 881-4881
West Slope: (530) 622-3345
Tahoe: (530) 544-2219
The central California Fellowship of AA maintains a hotline that is available to those who are at risk of relapse and/or struggling with substance abuse. They maintain a group of volunteers who are available to support those in need. When I called them they said that they usually have someone available right away but sometimes will collect your contact information and have someone call you back withing an hour.
Sac County Alcohol and Drug System of Care can get you connected with help in the area. To be eligible for many county addiction and drug abuse resources, you have to contact the system of care first.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday (excluding county holidays)
3321 Power Inn Road, Suite 120
Sacramento, California 95826
Phone: (916) 874-9754
Toll Free: (888) 881-4881
The last assessment is conducted at 4:00 p.m.
Other county alcohol and drug services
Like Sacramento county, to get access to many county treatment options, you should contact the county’s drug and alcohol services number to get connected with those resources.
Amador County Alcohol and Drug Services 209-223-6412
El Dorado County Alcohol and Drug Services 530-621-6146
Placer County Alcohol and Drug Services 916-787-8800
San Joaquin County Alcohol and Drug Services 209-468-3800
Solano County Alcohol and Drug Services 707-784-2220
Sutter-Yuba County Alcohol and Drug Services 530-822-7200
Yolo County Alcohol and Drug Services 888-965-6647
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
The Center For Violence Free Relationships (El Dorado County)
The Center’s support line offers victims of sexual assault and domestic violence emotional support, information, compassion and referral services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
530-626-1131 (El Dorado County, CA)
916-939-6616 (El Dorado County, CA)
Dedicated to helping the community, A Community for Peace provides
24/7 access to emergency shelter to women and their children escaping abusive relationships and environments through the Harmony House. 24 Hour Crisis Hotline- 916.728.7210
DeafSafe is an organization that helps deaf and hard of hearing individuals who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or being stalked to get connected with resources.
Twenty-four hour crisis intervention, emergency shelter, confidential counseling, training, legal assistance, and other services for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and child abuse.
530-662-1133 / 916-371-1907
Walk-in Crisis Support
Come in to speak with an advocate in person. Trained advocates are available to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, advocacy, information, and referrals 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Thursday and 8:00am – 4:00pm on Fridays (excluding holidays). Our office is located at 175 Walnut Street in Woodland, CA 95695.
Ext. 5 – 52 Week Program Info
Ext. 6 – Anger Management Info
DO YOU FEEL LIKE EXPLODING ?
ARE YOU TIRED OF THE DRAMA ?
IF YOU HAVE EVER IGNORED, SHOUTED AT, THREATENED OR HIT …
WE HAVE BEEN THERE AND WE CAN HELP
Our program is designed to co-create a group setting where participants can come together in a safe environment to hold each other accountable and do the work necessary to stop our violence to ourselves, our partners, our children and our community.
Because of the nature of our business, we only keep regular office hours :30 minutes before and after classes. For an appointment, call Daniel at 1-877-662-8465 Ext. 8.
WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County…..WEAVE’s mission is to promote safe and healthy relationships and support survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and sex trafficking. WEAVE’s vision is a community free of violence and abuse.
(916) 920 – 2952
My Sister’s House serves Asian and Pacific Islander and other underserved women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by providing a culturally appropriate and responsive safe haven, job training, and community services.
(916)428-3271 24-Hour Multilingual Helpline
Stand Up Placer is available for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in crisis situations. They also offer an emergency safe house and walk in crisis counseling services, To find out more about these services, call the crisis.
24 hour crisis line 800-575-5352
Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, educational services and referral services in more than 200 languages.”
TTY – 1-800-787-3224
The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe. The National Hotline also receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases.
The toll-free phone and SMS text lines and live online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English or Spanish, or in more than 200 additional languages through an on-call interpreter.
1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711)|Text 233733
Live Chat also available through website
Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including:
- Confidential support from a trained staff member
- Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
- Someone to help you talk through what happened
- Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery
- Referrals for long term support in your area
- Information about the laws in your community
- Basic information about medical concerns
The Mother Teresa Maternity Home is a drug and alcohol free, non-denominational facility. In order to qualify for residency in the home the woman must be at least 18 years old or emancipated by a court of law.
Reasons for coming to the home are: being homeless or escaping a violent environment.
Other reasons could be … unable to get along with parents or maybe the parents have asked her to leave because they don’t approve of her pregnancy. Some parents give the ultimatum of having an abortion or leaving. Some of our residents have come from rehab and have no money and no place to go.
3122 Sacramento St.
Placerville, CA 95667
Next Move has a variety of programs to help get families and individuals off the street and into a home of their own, including:
- Francis House provides direct services to help families and individuals access social services and public benefits.
- Next Move’s Family Shelter can provide housing for families with children for up to 30 days.
- Transitional and long-term housing offerings help make sure that our most vulnerable community members receive the housing, healthcare, and social services they need to achieve economic stability.
Main Office: (916) 454-2120
Mid Placer Emergency housing is a temporary homeless shelter. No children are accepted. Individuals in need of emergency shelter services please call Placer County Coordinated Entry toll-free 1-833-375-2237. The Gathering Inn is the current operator of the Auburn Shelter, called the Mid Placer Emergency Shelter. This change occurred on July 1, 2018 For job inquiries: Contact The Gathering Inn and ask for Marie. 916-791-9355. Or firstname.lastname@example.org For please contact Michael at The Gathering Inn 916-791-9355 Or TGIresourcecenter@gmail.com
Providing food, warmth, and a path home
for homeless men, women, and children.
Sacramento Self Help Housing assists persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to find and retain stable and affordable housing.
Danelle’s Place – Respite
Danelle’s Place is a thrice-weekly trans safe drop-in respite and social space for community members who need a break from the stress of daily life. We provide rest and relaxation, individual and group chat, narrative re-authoring activities, and art therapy. Danelle’s place is operated at and by the Gender Health Center.
Time: Monday 11am – 5pm, Thursday 3pm – 6pm, & Friday 3pm – 6pm
Location: Gender Health Center, 2020 29th Street, Suite 103, Sacramento, CA 95817; (916) 455-2391
Creating a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive means supporting your health and wellness. If you are dealing with any issue that feels beyond your control, including depression, anxiety, victimization, homelessness, stress or relationships issues, we are here to listen without judgement and empower you with the coping strategies and culturally affirming mental health services and resources that provide relief. All services are free.
Offering drop-in respite, the Lambda Lounge provides a safe place to chill, access resources, or to just talk to someone. Respite is open for any person 25 years or older who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Drop-in is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A safe place to rest, clean restrooms, free WiFi, access to computers, and people who care are on hand to help you with any issues.
Drop-In Center: 7-days a week, 12-6 p.m., the Q-Spot offers LGBTQ+ and allied youth a brave space to hang out amongst community peers, play video games, watch TV, enjoy snacks, do homework, get help with job applications, financial aid, or other resources. Youth receive social and emotional support through mental health respite and peer mentorship. Free services include:
- Computer Lab & WiFi
- LGBTQ Library
- Art Projects
- Life-Skills Workshop
- HIV/HCV Testing
- Crisis Intervention
Trans Lifeline was founded in 2014 as a peer-support crisis hotline. The Hotline was, and still is, the only service in the country in which all operators are transgender. Because of the particularly vulnerable relationship transgender people have with police, it is also the only service in the country with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25, available at 1-866-488-7386.
Text and chat also available through the Trevor Project website.
The California Poison Control System provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and referral over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances. Pharmacists, nurses, and poison information providers answer the calls to 1-800-222-1222 and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Language interpreters are always available, just say the language you need when you call.
Preserving the human-animal bond by providing financial assistance, resources and support to low-income individuals and survivors of domestic violence and their pets, so families can escape together and stay together.
The Ripple Effect Crisis Center (founded by A Church For All) provides a safe place to retreat during a crisis or emotional …disturbance.
The Ripple Effect is peer run and understands what it takes to get back on your feet.
We will help you make the right connections, develop a plan to resolve the problem, and support you toward health & wellness.
You are not alone! We are LGBTQ friendly. Services are available in English and Spanish.
Email Us: Therippleeffect@Achurchforall.Org
A walk-in clinic for individuals with an urgent mental health need. The MHUCC is a client-centered program that focuses on providing immediate relief to individuals and families in distress.
The program intends to avert psychiatric emergency room visits and involuntary hospitalizations. The goal of MHUCC is to foster recovery for individuals and families through the promotion of hope and wellness.
As a walk-in clinic, the MHUCC welcomes anyone experiencing mental health-distress regardless of age and ability to pay. Individuals experiencing non-psychiatric emergencies are encouraged to visit their local emergency room or call 911.
Phone: (916) 520-2460
Address: 2130 Stockton Boulevard, Building 300, Sacramento, CA 95817
Weekdays, 10:00 AM — 10:00 PM
(Last walk-in at 9:00 PM)
Weekends & Holidays, 10:00 AM — 6:00 PM
(Last walk-in at 5:00 PM)
Staffed 24/7 and serves “any individual” in Sacramento County who is at least 18 years of age experiencing a mental health crisis but is not in immediate danger to self or others. There is no medical staff at the Crisis Respite Center and participation is completely voluntary. All individuals utilizing the Crisis Respite Center may be eligible to stay for up to 23 hours and expect service based in compassion, understanding and knowledge. While at the Crisis Respite Center, the primary goal is to offer a stable and supportive environment so that the “guest” is better positioned to explore their crisis with a solution oriented mindset. Every guest will leave with an individualized resource plan. If transportation to the CRC is an issue, the CRC staff may be able to help.
Please call 916-RESPITE (916-737-7483)
Sacramento County 24- Hour Crisis Line
The Victims of Crime Resource Center is located on the Pacific McGeorge School of Law campus in Sacramento, California. The Center has operated the State of California’s confidential, toll-free 1-800-VICTIMS line since 1984. McGeorge students, under attorney supervision, provide information and referrals statewide to victims, their families, victim service providers, and victim advocates. Primarily through the hotline, Center staff provide resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers, and other victim advocates. Callers receive information on such matters as victims compensation, victims’ rights in the Justice System, restitution, civil suits, right to speak at sentencing and parole board hearings, as well as information on specific rights of victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and abuse against disabled.
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 100 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Chicks in Crisis is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization based in Elk Grove, California offering pregnancy, parenting and adoption services.
Are you pregnant, scared and considering adoption? We can help! Our birth mother advisors are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.
The mission of the Sacramento Regional Perinatal Mental Health Network’s program, “A Mother’s Heart,” is to serve women and their families in the Greater Sacramento area who are at risk for or are experiencing a pregnancy-related or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder. We promote screening of pregnant and postpartum women and provide support, education, and resources to families and healthcare professionals. Our goals are to increase awareness, to prevent perinatal mental health disorders, and to build community partnerships.
While many women feel some mild mood changes during pregnancy or after the birth of a child, fifteen to twenty percent of women feel worse symptoms of depression or anxiety. Please know that with help, you can feel better. This is not your fault—there is no reason not to ask for support. You are not alone.
Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.
1-855- 4A PARENT
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday through Friday
10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST
The Sacramento Children’s Home operates Sacramento County’s only Crisis Nursery. Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing support to families at times of crisis. The Sacramento Crisis Nursery is a family-strengthening program where parents can bring their children, ages 0-5 for emergency childcare or overnight care during stressful or difficult times.
North Crisis Nursery
4533 Pasadena Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
South Crisis Nursery
6699 South Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95831
The Safely Surrendered Baby law (California Health and Safety Code, section 1255.7) provides a safe alternative for the surrender of a newborn baby in specified circumstances. Under the Safely Surrendered Baby law, a parent or person with lawful custody can safely surrender a baby confidentially, and without fear of prosecution, within 72 hours of birth.
The Safely Surrendered Baby law requires the baby be taken to a public or private hospital, designated fire station or other safe surrender site, as determined by the local County Board of Supervisors. No questions will be asked and California Penal Code Section 271.5 protects surrendering individuals from prosecution of abandonment.
- Auburn Police – (530) 823-4237
- Citrus Heights Police – (916) 727-5500
- Davis Police – (530) 747-5400
- El Dorado County Sheriff – (530) 573-3000
- Elk Grove Police Department – (916) 714-5115
- Folsom Police Department – (916) 355-7231
- Galt Police Department – (209) 366-7000
- Lincoln Police – (916) 645-4040
- Rancho Cordova Police – (916) 362-5115
- Rocklin Police – (916) 625-5400
- Roseville Police – (916) 774-5000
- Sacramento county Sheriff – (style=”color: #3366ff;”916) 874-5115
- Sacramento City Police – (916) 264-5151
- Sacramento City Police (non-emergency) – 916-264-5471
- Sacramento Fire Department/Ambulance – (916) 808-1300
- West Sacramento Police – (916) 372-3375
- Woodland Police – (530) 666-2411
Built in 1988, Heritage Oaks Hospital has long been highly regarded as an integral part of the greater Sacramento and northern California mental health system. Conveniently located in northern Sacramento, Heritage Oaks is a fully accredited, 125-bed acute psychiatric hospital. We offer a full range of individualized treatment services to teens, adults and senior adults—including treatment for substance abuse and chemical dependency issues with drugs and alcohol. Heritage Oaks accepts Medicare, as well as most commercial health insurance plans. We are dedicated to providing service excellence to all, and ensuring our patients receive the optimal level of care.
If you or a loved one may be in need of behavioral health treatment, call Heritage Oaks Hospital at 916-489-3336. Free assessments are available 24/7.
The admissions department at Sierra Vista Hospital is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist referral sources, patients, and family members, schedule free and confidential assessments and answer questions about our treatment programs.
This is also where you can discuss insurance coverage. We have contracts with most commercial health plans and Medicare HMOs. If you do not have insurance, we can help determine the financial resources available to you for treatment costs.
Call Sierra Vista Hospital at 916-229-8515 to learn more about our treatment programs, schedule a free and confidential assessment or refer a patient. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sutter Center for Psychiatry is the only not-for-profit psychiatric hospital in the Sacramento region. Providing high quality hospital-based inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to adults, children and adolescents.
To make an appointment for Sutter Center for Psychiatry’s services or for more information, please call (916) 386-3620.
The Adult Protective Services (APS) program is supervised by the California Department of Social Services and administered locally by the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency. APS provides assistance to elderly and dependent adults who are functionally impaired, unable to meet their own needs or are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
APS is a 24-hour service program that investigates all situations involving Placer County residents (age 65 and older) and dependent adults (age 18 to 64 and physically or mentally impaired) who are reported to be endangered by physical, sexual, financial abuse, isolation, neglect or self-neglect.
916-787-8860 or 1-888-886-5401
Adult Protective Services (APS) is a state mandated program dedicated to helping elder adults (65 years and older) and dependent adults (18-64 who are disabled) when these adults are unable to meet their own needs, or are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. APS investigates reports of abuse of elders and dependent adults who live in private homes, apartments, hotels or hospitals. More Information
To report elder abuse, dependent adult abuse, or to get help related to these issues call 916-874-9377
Adult Protective Services (APS) is a state-mandated program that provides limited intervention in the form of information and referral, assessment, and case management services to elderly (65 and older) and dependent adults (18-64) who are at suffering from or at risk of abuse, exploitation, or neglect, including self-neglect. APS also provides services to prevent and remedy the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of elders and dependent adults who are unable to protect their own interests or care for themselves, and, whenever possible, seeks to keep the individual safely in his or her normal environment by strengthening his/her capacity for self-maintenance. This may be accomplished through direct provision of APS or by linking the individual with appropriate community resources.
(530) 661-2727 or 1-888-675-1115.
The only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults.
24-Hour Crisis Lines
Confidential, anonymous telephone counseling and referral information is provided any time of day or night by trained crisis volunteers. Immediate crisis intervention over the phone can decrease the need for more intensive counseling services.
From Davis, call (530) 756-5000
From Woodland, call (530) 666-7778
From West Sacramento, call (916) 372-6565
Toll-Free, (888) 233-0228
SPYC Crisis Text Support
Crisis text and online emotional support are a fast growing area of crisis intervention nationwide. As our society relies more heavily on technology to interact, communicate, and connect with each other, there has been an ever growing need to provide crisis services in a modality that is increasingly preferred over telephone communication. Nowhere is this more evident than in our youth.
Monday through Friday
12 PM – 3:30 PM
Text “Hello” to 530-554-2459
WellSpace Health operates the region’s Suicide Prevention Crisis Line. The hotline, which is nationally accredited and a vital member of the National Lifeline network, serves Sacramento and Placer counties and many other counties in Northern California. We answer calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or considering suicide, call us at:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
Chat also available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.
Safe Helpline is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) sole hotline for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline is completely anonymous, confidential, 24/7, specialized service—providing help and information anytime, anywhere. A Safe Helpline user can access one-on-one support, peer-to-peer support, information, resources and self-care exercises 24/7 to aid in their recovery. Since 2011, Safe Helpline has provided support and resources to thousands of members of the DoD community.
Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can make the call to or chat online with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838)
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
Chat also available through Veterans Crisis Line website
WWP Talk is a free mental health support line where you’ll be connected to a person who will listen, and help.
We know that having reliable support makes your journey easier. So in these weekly calls, you’ll be heard without judgment. Together, we’ll find a way to help, developing coping skills and a practical plan to work toward your goals, big or small.
For more information or to sign up for the program, call our Resource Center at 888.WWP.ALUM (997.2586) or 904.405.1213 from 9am-9pm EST, Monday-Friday.
Child Protective Services (CPS)
- El Dorado County (844) 756-3699
- Placer County 916-872-6549 or toll free at 866-293-1940
- Sacramento County (916) 875-5437 (875-KIDS)
- Yolo County 530-669-2345
The Allied Services for Kids (ASK) teen line began in December 1994 to provide 24-hour availability to teens and families in crisis. Whatever the problem, teens are welcome to call this confidential and anonymous crisis line for support.
From Davis, call (530) 753-0797
From Woodland, call (530) 668-8445
From West Sacramento, call (916) 371-3779
This 24-hour confidential tip line is where students in Davis and Woodland can report concerns about school safety, including information about possible violence or incidents of harassment. Since the school shooting tragedy at Columbine, such student reports have saved hundreds of lives.
Regarding Davis schools, call (530) 758-SAFE or (530) 758-7233
Regarding Woodland schools, call (530) 668-HELP or (530) 668-4357
The Source is a foster youth and resource family urgent response program, administered by the Sacramento Children’s Home. The Source aims to provide support to resource families and current or former foster youth during times of crisis and struggle. The program features urgent crisis support, which includes a free hotline for youth and families, available 24-hours per day, seven days a week. The Source is also available via text message, live online chat, and through social media. In addition to robust phone support, The Source also provides in person urgent response in the community as well as follow up community support to help youth and caregivers during crises. Resource families are provided with case management, mental health services, referrals, and respite activities when applicable.
The California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week as the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis. Professionally trained staff and volunteer counselors respond to 20,000 calls annually with crisis intervention counseling and resource referrals to service providers in the caller’s local community. We have access to more than 5,500 free or low-cost resources for youth and families across California.
provides a safe, non-judgmental space for homeless and runaway youth away from the dangers of the street. At our drop-in center, we provide:
- Access to shelter
- Warm meals
- Peer support
- California IDs & birth certificates
- Laundry services
- Employment assistance
- Educational assistance
- Case management services
- Creative workshops
- Therapeutic groups
- Crisis intervention
- Drop-in counseling
- Mental health respite
The Youth Help Network provides outreach and crisis support to transition-age youth (TAY), ages 16 through 25 years old, in areas where TAY are known to congregate. Site-based staff and street teams provide on demand crisis support, reduce geographic barriers, improve timeliness to services via a “fast pass” linkage approach, and provide outreach and information via a secured website and targeted social media.
Sacramento – Downtown Center
401 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (833) 333-2YHN or California Relay Service: 711
A 24/7 crisis, resource and referral number for KIDS and PARENTS
text, chat, and email are also available through Your Life Your Voice from Boystown
Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.
Chat at www.loveisrespect.org
Text LOVEIS to 22522*
24-hour call center: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
NRS serves as the national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.
1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929
Chat and Email Services also available through the NRS website.
About the author
Joe Borders is a marriage and family therapist located in Roseville and Sacramento. He is primarily a sex positive gender therapist, but also specializes in working with couples, teens, addiction, and the LGBTQ community. Joe is also the owner and founder of SacWellness. You can find out more about him by visiting his sacwellness listing or by visiting his website: therapy and counseling in Roseville and Sacramento