In Crisis

If you need help immediately with a behavioral health crisis, it’s best to turn to more immediate resources than NAMI provides.

For behavioral health crises, consider contacting your county mental health department’s crisis line. If the situation escalates to the point you need to call 9-1-1, be clear that your loved one is suffering a mental health crisis. If police are directed to respond, make sure to request a “CIT Officer.” CIT officers are trained in Crisis Intervention Team Training, which is a specialized training for law enforcement to better respond to people in crisis. For further guidance, see NAMI’s publication Navigating a Mental Health Crisis.

For concerns about suicide, contact one of several available Life Lines. The Lines are available for those with thoughts of suicide as well as family and friends who are seeking advice on how to help their loved ones.

Call 800-273-8255
Text 273TALK to 839863
For individuals struggling with thoughts of self-harm and for family member, friends and others with concerns about a loved one who may be at risk of self-harm.

Call 800-923-4357
Text RecoveryNow to 839863
For individuals and family members seeking crisis intervention, treatment referral, and chemical-dependency information.

Call 888-457-4838
Text MIL1 to 839863
Support for service members, veterans, and their families that is independent of any branch of the military or government.

Call 877-968-8491
Text teen2teen to 839863
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A teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Contact us with anything that may be bothering you; no problem is too big or too small! Teens available to help daily from 4-10pm Pacific Time (off-hour calls answered by Lines for Life).