Clinical Resources

The resources are provided for non-life threatening emergencies and educational purposes. I cannot attest to the quality of the services below, but hope that they can be helpful to anyone exploring other options to manage their mental health.


General Mental Health Hotlines


Warmlines were created to give people support when they just need to talk to someone. These calls are usually free, confidential, and run by understanding folks.

  • California (Peer-Run): (855) 845-7415
  • Project Return Peer Support Network (National): (888) 448-9777

Warmlines are for support and can link you to a crisis hotline if you need support for suicidal thoughts or crisis. If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, or text “MHA” to 741-741 to talk to a trained counselor from the Crisis Text Line.

To find a warmline near you, visit this website:

Crisis Hotlines
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • San Francisco specific: (415) 781-0500
  • TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
  • GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
  • TransLifeLine: 877-565-8860
Referrals to specific mental health services or support programs in your local community
  • Mental Health America: 800-969-6642
  • 211 is a national database of resources (available to people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) that refers people to a local organization that can help them.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 [TTY: 1-800-487-4889]
Substance Abuse Assistance
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 [TTY: 1-800-487-4889]
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
  • SF Drug Relapse line: (415) 834-1144
  • SF Drug Information Line: (415) 362-3400
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: 800-826-3632
Sexual Assault
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
Intimate Partner Violence
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
    • Text “START” to 88788
Eating Related Concerns and Eating Disorders
  • ANAD Help Line: (630) 577-1330
    • Hours: M-F 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (9:00 to 5:00 CST)
  • NEDA Help Line: (800) 931-2237
    • Hours: M-Th 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST); F 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST)

Support for Elders (60+ years) and Disabled Adults

Low Cost or Sliding Scale Therapy (National)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. 

NAMI Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. 

Open Path Collective

Open Path Collective provides clients with a list of low cost (sliding scale) therapists. 

Federally Funded Health Center

Federally funded health centers can also be a good resource for those without health insurance or with a limited budget. Many of these centers include mental health services. Find a federally funded health center near you.

Low Cost or Sliding Scale Therapy (San Francisco)

San Francisco Psychological Association
California Institute of Integral Studies
Well Clinic

Access Institute
The Liberation Institute
San Francisco State Psychology Training Clinic

Queer and Trans-Affirmative Therapist Directories


Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity

LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Member Directory

Psychiatry in San Francisco

Substance Use (San Francisco)

Foundation San Francisco
Restore Life Recovery

Eating Disorders (San Francisco)

Woodleaf Eating Disorder Center (intensive outpatient)
The Lotus Collaborative

Helpful Terms

Mobile Crisis Team
  • mobile crisis team is a group of mental health professionals who are available to respond to calls for service at the request of law enforcement officers.
  • The mobile crisis team’s goal is to divert individuals from unnecessary jail bookings and/or emergency room visits. These teams are not available 24/7, so please call 9-1-1 outside of their working hours.
Sliding Scale Therapy
  • Priced by each person’s income and dependents.
Out-of-Network Provider
  • Out of Network implies that the therapist is not “in-network” with your insurance company.
  • Based on your specific plan, or how much you have spent on healthcare expenses otherwise, the insurance company will pay you money back after your sessions to help your work with your therapist become more affordable for you.
In-Network Provider
  • The therapist is in your insurance company’s database, or they have applied and been “approved” by your insurance company.
  • You will owe a “co-pay” at the time of your session. This can range between $15-85 (sometimes even more or even less). Your insurance company will pay your therapist the rest of what the insurance company deems a reasonable rate for the service provided.
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