If you are in need of mental health services and you live in San Francisco, you can call: 415-255-3737, or 888-246-3333, at any time of the day or night. You should be able to see a counselor within 48 hours.
If you or a loved one are in crisis, you can call the Mobile Crisis Treatment Team. They can talk to you and visit you in your home. They are available Monday through Friday from 11 am -11 pm, or weekends, 12 noon - 7 pm. Their number is: 415-970-4000.
There is also the Westside Crisis drop-in located at 888 Turk Street. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm.
For a comprehensive directory of San Francisco mental health resources, click the following link: San Francisco Behavioral Health Resource Guide
24 Hour Crisis Services:
San Francisco General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency: 415-206-8125
Comprehensive Child Crisis Services: 415-970-3800
Suicide Prevention Talkline: 415-781-0500
McMillan Center drop-in: 415-241-1180
For Parents (24 hour): 415-441-kids
For Older Adults (24 hour): 415-752-3778
Drug Line (24 hour): 415-362-3400
Relapse Prevention (24 hour): 415-834-1144
HIV Nightline: 415-434-2437
Linca Nocturna (6 pm - 12 midnight): 415-989-5212
Progress Foundation's Dore Urgent Care Center (DUCC) is now open at 52 Dore Street.
Dore Urgent Care Center General Information (PDF)
There are many self-help and support groups in San Francisco. Some of these are:
National Alliance on Mental Illness--San Francisco:
Self-Help Groups for Mentally Ill:
(415) 575-1400 Office of Self Help (OASIS)
GABHS for GALS
2011 Interns San Francisco Resource Guide for Women, Girls & Transgender: gov't reports, films, research articles
Consumer & Family Community Organization Listings & Meeting Times
AB2034 Consumer Advisory Board (CAB)
African American Leadership Group
A consumer advisory board which provides input and oversight on AB2034 program implementation and development of services. Meets the third Wednesday of every month, From 10:30 - 12:00pm at South of Market Clinic, 760 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 for more information please contact Kimberly Barnes (415) 836-1757
A client and family support group specifically focused on issues of concern to the African American Mental Health and Substance Abuse Community. Meets every third Monday of month at 1380 Howard Street 5th Floor call Wanda Materre, Client & Family Liaison (415) 255-3694
Alcohol and Drug Counseling ( For 55 and older adults)
Please call: 415 885-2274 or drop in to the clinic.
Drop-in hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 11am-12pm
315 Turk Street (Cross street is Leavenworth)
Health & Wellness Action Advocates
A consumer advocacy group which focuses on projects and activities dealing with consumer issues. Meets the first Tuesday of every month, from 5-7 p.m., at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, 870 Market Street, Suite 928, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Ph#: (415) 241-2926, ext. 306
Asian Consumer Leadership Team
A consumer-led advocacy group which organizes forums and activities on wellness and Recovery for Asian consumers. Activities are conducted in English and Asian languages. To join the Leadership Team or participate in activities, please contact Wing Hang Tse at Ph#: (415) 255-3672 Cultural Competence and Client Relations.
Chinese Family Alliance for the Mentally Ill
A family member support group, with meetings open to consumer participation. Though meetings conducted in Cantonese, English interpretation are available. Meets the second or third Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. - noon, at Chinatown/North Beach Mental Health Services, 729 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. Contact Ed Koo at Ph#: (415) 352-2047 Please call ahead to confirm meetings.
Community Advisory Board (CAB) - S.F. General Hospital
An advisory group to San Francisco General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry. Meets the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, Room 7E2, San Francisco, CA 94110. Amelia Truman, CAB Coordinator. Ph#: (415) 206-5962
CBHS Consumer & Client Council
An advisory group to Community Behavioral Health Services, composed of consumer representatives of self-help organizations and other mental health consumer advocates. And providers.Meetings open to the public. Meets the third Tuesday of every month, from 3:00 - 5:00p.m.at Community Behavioral Health Services, 1380 Howard Street, Room 537, San Francisco, CA 94103. For more information please call Wing Tse, (415) 255-3672 or James Harris (415) 836-1761 Please call ahead to confirm participation and date of meeting.
Filipino Family Alliance for Mental Health
A bilingual support group for families and friends of mental health consumers. Consumers are also welcome to attend. Meets the last Saturday of every month, from 3-5 pm, at the South of Market Clinic, 760 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. To confirm attendance, contact Melga at Ph#: (415) 836-1700
Mayor's Disability Council
An advisory committee, dealing with issues of importance to the disability community, to the Mayor's Office on Disability. Meetings open to the public. Meets the third Friday of every month, from 1-3p.m. at City Hall, Room 400, 1 Dr Carlton Goodlet Place, San Francisco, CA 94102. Susan Mizner, Assistant Director. Ph#: (415) 554-6789
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill- San Francisco (NAMI-SF)
Family member group, which discusses current issues of concern to the mental health community. Meetings and membership open to consumers and the public. Meets the third Wednesday of every month, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. At the Family Services Agency, 1010 Gough Street, 5th floor Conference Room, San Francisco, CA 94109 Pam Fisher, President. Ph#: (415) 905-6264 (905-NAMI).
NAMI-SF Support Groups meet with Adeline Wu on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, from 6:30- 8:30p.m. At 1010 Gough Street Contact Adeline Wu at Ph#: 415-206-1323, and every Tuesday with Susanne Killing and Jane Golden 5:15 - 6:45p.m. at SFGH 1001 Potrero Ave Seventh floor room 7M30 call (415) 558-5900
San Francisco Depressive/Bipolar Support Association (SFDBSA)
A support group for the people diagnosed with depression and bi-polar disorders, as well as other mental and emotional symptoms and disabilities. Meets Saturdays, from 1:30 - 3P.m., and Mondays, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital, 900 Hyde Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room B, San Francisco, CA 94109. Contact Volunteer Staff. Ph#: (415) 995-4792 Please call ahead to confirm meetings. Family Member/Friends Support Group meets first Monday of every month, same location, 6:45 - 8:30p.m.
Community Health Equity Economic Rights (CHEER)
A work group which strategize actions and formulates proposals of benefit to the homeless mentally ill population and mental health consumers, in general. Meets the third Wednesday of every month, from 5-7p.m. either at the Coalition on Homelessness Offices, 468 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, or at the New College, 50 Fell Street Campus, San Francisco, CA 94102. Jennifer Friedenbach, Co-Chair. Ph#: (415) 346-3740 ext. 311 for most current information and location and to get on mailing list.
Supportive Housing Network (SHN)
A group composed of tenants, property managers, caseworkers, and housing advocates which discusses and works on ways of improving living conditions for consumers living in independent supportive housing and downtown residential hotels. Meets the third Thursday of every month, from 3-5p.m. at Dorothy Day Center at 54 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Belinda Lyons, Chair. Ph#: (415) 241-2929
All meetings subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or due to falling on the day of legal observance of a Federal or State holiday. You may check ahead about any planned meeting or event by using the information and phone numbers listed above.
Support Group for People with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder
Third Wednesday of each Month
Time: 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Family Service Agency
Location: 1010 Gough Street, 5th Floor Group Therapy Room
You may drop in or call for more information.
Susanne Killing: 415 558-5900
Dinner is provided.
The Healing Circle for the Soul Support Group
Our Purpose: The purpose of them Healing Circle for support is to promote sharing, healing, education and action for survivors of homicide and victims of violence. The primary purpose of the Healing Circle is to address the needs of homicide survivors. The secondary purpose is to address other types of violence such as elder abuse, child abuse, robbery, incarceration, domestic violence, etc.
When: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Where: Paradise Baptist Church, 2nd, 2595 San Jose Avenue.
Facilitators: George Jurand, 415 516-1635/Mattie Scott, 415 412-1469
Chaplain: Minister Gerald A. Criswell, Pastor, New Beginnings Baptist Church
2900 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014 415 518-5756
By Public Transportaion: M Metro Transit Line or BART to Balboa Station, and MUNI Line, #15 and #29. Walk up to San Jose Avenue 3 blocks to Paradise Church on the left hand side of the street.
Community Self-Help Meetings
Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
Is an independent, nonprofessional, twelve step, self-help fellowship organization for people with a dual diagnosis. Our goal is to help men and women who experience a dual illness. We are chemically dependent and we are also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness. San Francisco meetings; every Monday at 450 Stanyan Street conference room #3 east 7:00pm - 8:00pm, and every Tuesday at 5th and Irving 240 Irving St. 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Contact person Stephen Dempsey (415) 255-3664 www.draonline.org
Smart Recovery (SR)
Self-Management and Recovery Training or SMART Recovery. (SR) is a self-help approach to recovery from alcohol and chemical dependency. SMART recovery appeals to those individuals who prefer a rational approach to life's problems. Meets Monday and Wednesday evening 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Saint Frances Memorial Hospital 900 Hyde St. (between Bush & Pine) Doctors Dining Room 2nd floor. Professional Adviser (415) 673-2848 www.smartrecovery.org
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
A nonprofit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Regular meetings for recovering addicts to help each other stay clean. Meeting information available 24 hour a day through the help line: (415) 864-3155. Meetings and literature are also available in Spanish. www.na.org
Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
The members meet regularly to share support and fellowship, and create a safe environment to stay clean. This is a spiritual program. We can define for ourselves the nature of our personal relationship with spirituality, for now we accept that something has helped us stay clean. Meets: Fridays in the Castro: 150 Eureka St MCC, Room #104 Fridays, 8-9pm, Saturdays in the Mission: 1661 15th St. at Julian, Saturdays at 8:30 pm www.crystalmeth.org
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Group support meetings throughout San Francisco helping people recover from alcoholism, achieve and maintain sobriety. AA operates a 24-hour telephone line, staffed by volunteer AA members who will help find meeting times and locations convenient for callers. Meetings and literature also available in Spanish. www.aasf.org</a>
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
A phone message gives free listing of local meetings; members to contact and support for people who desire to end their addiction 24-hour helpline (415) 821-6155. (CA) is a 12 step based self-help group www.ca.org
LifeRing is a network of people who support one another in living free of alcohol and other non-medical addictive drugs. Meetings are friendly, confidential, non-judgmental gathering of peers. There is no religious or anti-religious content in the meeting process. Meets Saturday at 10:00 am to 11:00am at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center. 1800 Market @ Octavia Streets room Q33, Contact Mark Conners (415) 622-4890 www.unhooked.com
We who are marijuana addicts know the answer to this question. Marijuana controls our lives! We lose interest in all else; our dreams go up in smoke. Ours is a progressive illness often leading us to addictions to other drugs, including alcohol. Our lives, our thinking, and our desires center around marijuana. Call (415) 522-7373 for meeting times and location. www.marijuana-anonymous.org
A Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine. Meets: Friday 6:00 p.m. at San Francisco General Hospital 1001 Potrero Ave, Room 2-A-6, Main Hospital phone Alysia (415) 533-7208 for more info, and Saturday 10:00 am in San Francisco at The Marina Dock 2118 Greenwich St. (at Fillmore) www.nicotine-anonymous.org
Manic Depression Anonymous
A 12 Step / 12 traditions group of, by, and for manic-depressives and depressives. The sole requirement for membership is a desire for emotional health. Meetings are every Sunday at 19th Avenue and Judah from 5-6pm. At Calvary United Methodist Church. Enter the gate on Judah; go up back stairs, Contact person Fred (415) 552-3733
Debtor's Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive debting. Meets daily Call (415) 522-9099 for meeting times and location. www.debtorsanonymous.org
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
Adult Children of Alcoholics is a Twelve Step, Twelve-Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Visit the website for more information: www.adultchildren.org.
If your life has been affected by someone else's drinking; you are an Al-Anon or Alateen member or a professional working in the field of alcoholism. Call (415) 626-5633 for a list of all Alanon meetings in Northern California. www.al-anon.alateen.org
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA)
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and fulfilling relationships. Meets daily through out San Francisco Call (415) 905-6331 for meeting times and location. www.codependents.org
The Marina Dock (formerly The Dry Dock)
Welcome to the Marina Dock, a non-profit facility for recovery-related meetings and workshops. Since 1986, it has been the most popular Twelve Step meeting location in San Francisco for people who desire to recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and other compulsive and addictive behaviors. Call (415) 567-1775 for more information. www.marinadock.org
Castro Country Club
A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender recovery community meeting place (though all are welcome) to hang out and socialize as an alternative to the bar scene. Coffee/espresso bar, TV room, video game room and outdoor patio. Hours Mon - Fri 12noon to 11pm and Sat. & Sun. 10:00am - 11:00pm. Phone # (415) 552-6102
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Unlike other organizations, OA is not just about weight loss, obesity or diets; it addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. To address weight loss, OA encourages members to develop a food plan with a health care professional and a sponsor. If you want to stop your compulsive eating, welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. Meets daily through out San Francisco Call (415) 436-0651for meeting times and location. www.oa.org
Alano Club of San Francisco
The Alano Club of San Francisco is a place for recovering people to meet and socialize in a clean and sober environment before and after 12-step meetings. It is supported by its members dues and by 12-Step donations from meetings held at the club. 1748 Market St. #202, San Francisco, CA 94102. For daily meeting information please call (415) 255-7903. www.alanosf.org
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and seek recovery from sex and/or love addiction or avoidance. SAN FRANCISCO/EAST BAY, INTERGROUP P.O. Box 32113 Oakland, CA 94604-4715 Call: 415-979-4715 for more information. www.slaa-sfeb.org National website: www.slaafws.org
OTHER RESOURCES AND LINKS
Suicide Awareness and Voices of Education
Suicide and the cost of life
National Alliance on Mental Illness
The Glendon Association
San Francisco Suicide Prevention
Stamp Out Stigma
Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
52 most common mental disorders, meds, news, recovery links
Care Providers Practice Services
Center For Addiction and Mental Health
Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Youth Suicide Prevention
Resources, and Links about prevention
Mental Health Advocacy and Support Organization
San Francisco Guide to Mental Health Services
San Francisco Behavioral Health Resource Guide
The Mental Health Association of San Francisco has just released its new San Francisco Behavioral Health Resource guide that was created with the support of Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS).
You may find the link to the guide by clicking over to our Resources page as well as here:
San Francisco Behavioral Health Resource Guide
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Community Behavioral Health Services - San Francisco Behavioral Health Plan
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