If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, thinking about harming someone else, experiencing severe emotional or behavioral distress, feeling out of touch with reality or disoriented, feeling out of control, or experiencing an inability to care for yourself, seek help right away.  Family members may reach out to any of these resources as well.

  • Call your medical doctor or your mental health provider.

  • Call 911 for emergency services and ask for a Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) Officer

  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

  • Call or go to County of Marin’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be reached at 415-473-6666.

  • Call the County of Marin’s Mobile Crisis Response Team between 1-9pm, 7 days a week, and can be reached at 415-473-6392. This is not a replacement for calling 911.

  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor.

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Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI resource Guide for those experiencing a mental health emergency. This useful guide has tips on how to help yourself or a loved one during a mental health crisis, such as:

  • Warning signs of a mental health emergency

  • What to do in a mental health crisis

  • What to expect from mental health treatment

  • Other types of crises (family member missing or arrested)

  • Preparing for a crisis: crisis planning and portable treatment record (such as the AB1424)


National Crisis Numbers

* Indicates 24 hour line

National Suicide Prevention Line Lifeline (24/7)* 800-273-TALK or 800-SUICIDE

Girls and Boys Town Hotline 800-448-3000

Institute on Aging Friendship Line (for persons over 60, or adults with disabilities) 800-971-0016

Alcohol Hotline 800-331-2900

Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics 800-821-4357

Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline 800-252-6465

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hotline 800-622-2255

National Help Line for Substance Abuse 800-262-2463

National Help Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline 800-662-4257

Cocaine Anonymous 800-347-8998

National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233

National US Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453 

Buckelew Suicide Prevention serves the North Bay with outreach, education, and a toll free 24/7 crisis hotline. The hotline is operated by Buckelew Programs, in partnership with its primary funders, the Marin, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino County Behavioral Health Departments and supported by the Mental Health Services Act.

In Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino County, call 1-855-587-6373 to be connected with a trained crisis counselor.

In Marin County, call 415-499-1100

For grief support call 415-499-1195