If you or someone you know are in need of mental wellness support, there are many resources available in our community that are here to help. Below are some of those resources, but by no means is this an exhaustive list. You can also call the 24/7 California Peer Run Warm Line – a non-emergency resource for anyone seeking mental and emotional support: 855-845-7415.
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services: Provides mental health services for eligible children, youth, and adults. Start by calling Acute Crisis Care and Evaluation for Systemwide Services at 1-800-491-9099.
Mental Health Association of Alameda County: A nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals with mental illness, supporting and educating their family caregivers, and offers free mental health resources to the residents of the Alameda County.
City of Berkeley Mental Health Division: Provides a range of community-based mental health services to Berkeley residents. They work with people in Berkeley clinics, in schools, in their homes, on the street or in shelters, and in a variety of other settings.
Take Action for Mental Health: As part of California’s ongoing mental health movement, the Take Action for Mental Health campaign is designed to help you check in, learn more, and get support for your own mental health or the mental health of someone you care about.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): National grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Asian Health Services Specialty Mental Health Program: Provides: prevention, early intervention, and treatment services for people with mental health conditions. We serve children, youth, adults and older adults of Alameda County. Staff are bilingual and bicultural in Cantonese, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Mien, Vietnamese, and English.
Asian Mental Health Collective: A global non-profit organization with the mission of normalizing and de-stigmatizing mental health within the Asian community. Provides list of AAPI therapists.
BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM): Aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing.
Association of Black Psychologists: Its mission is the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit. Provides a directory of Black therapists.
Black Mental Wellness: Provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, as well as training opportunities for students and professionals.
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Family Paths, Inc.: A non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health and supportive services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families.
WestCoast Children’s Clinic: Committed to providing psychological services to vulnerable children, youth, and their families regardless of their ability to pay.
Native American Health Center: Provides behavioral health care to community members in need regardless of tribal affiliations or ethnicity. Their diverse team of experienced professionals provide individual psychotherapy and group treatment services that are guided by the community and best practices. They respect and support the unique beliefs and cultural traditions of our members.
La Clínica: Offers behavioral health services for Alameda County residents through a variety of programs that are funded to provide treatment to Alameda County’s Spanish speaking communities. All clinical staff are bilingual in Spanish/English. Services are provided in a culturally focused manner centered on individual, family and community strengths. Evidence based practices are utilized to support resiliency, wellness and recovery.
NAMI’s Compartiendo Esperanza: Three-part video series that explores the journey of mental wellness in Hispanic/Latinx communities through dialogue, storytelling and a guided discussion.
Therapy for Latinx: A database of therapists who either identify as Latinx or has worked closely with and understands the unique needs of the Latinx community.
Pacific Center for Human Growth: The oldest LGBTQIA+ center in the Bay Area, the third oldest in the nation, and operates the only sliding scale mental health clinic for LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC people and their families in Alameda County.
LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color (QTOC): Provides a list of local LGBTQ
AssistedLiving.org: Provides a guide with information about common mental health conditions affecting seniors and a state-by-state list of available resources.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Offers 24/7 access to trained counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. Call or text 988.
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County: Offers a broad range of counseling, education and prevention services in a safe environment. Services include on-going therapy groups, school-based counseling, supportive services for seniors, suicide prevention for youth; and community education. Trained crisis intervention counselors are available to receive crisis calls and give supportive counseling 24 hours a day, every day. Translation is available in more than 140 languages and (TDD) services for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals. Call 1-800-309-2131.
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. Assists with crisis intervention counseling and resource referrals to service providers in the caller’s local community. Call 1-800-843-5200.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-TALK (8255) for free 24/7 support. Call 888-628-9454 for support in Spanish.
Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741 for free 24/7 crisis counseling.
The Trevor Project: Call 866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678-678 for mental health support specialized for the LGBTQ+ communities.
DISTRICT 5 WEBINARS
Community Mental Health Webinar Series: Four-part mental health webinar series hosted by Supervisor Carson and Alameda County Behavioral Health Services.
Black Mental Health Webinar Series: Webinar series that addresses issues specific to Black mental wellness.
Managing Parental Stress During A Pandemic: In 2020, Supervisor Carson hosted a virtual town hall to talk with parents about their stress and the mental health impacts on children, as well as share advice for coping and resources available to help.
Berkeley Offers Free Subscription for Two Popular Mental Health Apps: Anyone at least 13 years old who lives, works, or attends school in Berkeley can use one of two apps for free:
- MyStrength provides personalized and interactive activities that address depression, anxiety, stress, substance use, chronic pain and sleep challenges. The individually tailored program is designed to empower users and also supports the physical and spiritual aspects of whole-person health.
- Headspace is a popular online meditation and mindfulness resource. The app’s library of exercises can help manage anxiety, encourage stress relief, increase focus, enhance sleep and improve mood.
Protecting Youth Mental Health: In a new Surgeon General’s Advisory, Dr. Vivek Murthy calls for a whole-of-society effort to mitigate the mental health impacts of the pandemic, to address longstanding challenges, and to prevent future mental health challenges. The advisory outlines actionable steps for young people and their families and caregivers, schools, health leaders, community organizations, funders, media and technology companies, employers, and governments to protect youth mental health.
Be There Certificate: A free, digital, self-paced learning experience designed to increase mental health literacy and provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to safely support anyone who may be struggling with their mental health.