Getting Help

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of emotional, behavioral or mental distress, it can make a difference to get help early on. There are multiple resources available for you to get more information and seek help if it is needed.

A couple of the biggest barriers to getting help are not knowing what is available and also being afraid to seek help due to negative attitudes (stigma) related to symptoms of mental illness. Prevention and early intervention programs are based on research findings that show the onset of mental illness is preventable and intervening early on in the onset of symptoms can reduce symptom severity progression. In order to benefit from these programs, the barriers must be overcome. We encourage you to check out the resources listed on this page and seek help.

General Resources on How to Get Help

Click here for a Mental Health America fact sheet on Finding the Right Mental Health Care for You

Click here for a list of resources and support programs provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Click here for information on getting help for children who have experienced trauma

Click here for information on where to get help for PTSD for veterans provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs

Suicide Risk

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifelines number:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Click here to go to the California Office of Suicide Prevention website to find resources for Suicide Prevention including information on warning signs, a listing of local 24-hour crisis numbers, and many other resources

Click here for a CDC Fact Sheet on suicide

Click here for a link for parents on what they need to know about teenage suicide

Trauma Resources

Click here for trauma resources provided by the Sidran Institute

Click here for resources on child traumatic stress provided by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Click here for a Self-Help guide provided by SAMHSA on dealing with the effects of trauma

Click here to access the website for the National Center for Victims of Crime to check out the resources available there

Click here to access resources on dealing with traumatic stress and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) provided by the National Center for PTSD

Click here for a resource on coping with disaster or a traumatic event form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Across the Life Span

For older adults:

  • Click here for a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) fact sheet on depression and suicide in older adults
  • Click here for information from the National Institute on Aging on depression in older adults

For adults:

  • Click here for a resource for parents on tips to help their children grow up healthy in mind and body
  • Click here for a resource on taking care of older parents

For transition-aged youth:

  • Click here to go to a website dedicated to teen mental health and resources for teen self-care
  • Click here for resources for teens addressing multiple issues that can impact mental health
  • Click here for a resource about what "gay" means and how to talk to your children about homosexuality
  • Click here to connect with ULifeline, an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention
  • Click here for tips and expert answers for parents about the mental health needs of youth attending or transitioning to college