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San Diego Access and Crisis Line
The San Diego Access and Crisis Line serves as a free suicide prevention/intervention hotline. Trained professionals provide mental health crisis intervention, as well as information and referrals to mental health services in San Diego.
Can't call? We offer CHAT services Monday through Friday from 4PM to 10PM.
A Message to Parents…
What You Can Do:
Teens and Depression:Depression can cloud an individual’s thinking, making it more difficult to evaluate life stressors and to think of alternative solutions to problems. Pay attention to talk about suicide. Ask direct questions and don’t be afraid of frank discussions. Silence is deadly. Do NOT take it all on yourself. Do NOT take responsibility for making your friend or family member well. You are not a therapist. Do NOT agree to keep your friend’s confidence. It’s not betrayal, it’s help. Think how you would feel if you kept the secret and lost a friend. Be supportive. Let your loved one know that you care and should not feel ashamed of their condition; it is not their fault. Stand by your friend or family member through the recovery period … treatment will be successful in time.
Warning Signs and Steps to Helping a Suicidal Teenager: This website provides a list of warning signs and risk factors that may contribute to teen suicide.For more information, click on the link above.
How to Help a Child: This website provides parents with a list of warning signs that their children might need professional help for a mental illness as well as additional resources. For more information, click on the link above.
Personal Stories About Depression: Living with mental illness can be difficult. It can be helpful to know that you are not alone in this fight. This website offers personal stories about living with mental illness and the different struggles people have overcome.For more information, click on the link above.