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Mental illness can come in a variety of disguises, including mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, major depression, mania, and more. There are many agencies that can provide mental health support for your family.

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• San Franciso Free Mental Health Chart 

• SF County Mental Health ACCESS Line
(888) 246-3333 or (415) 255-3737
Call for an initial phone screening to determine referral to short- and long-term outpatient mental health services.  Services include assessment and diagnosis, therapy, medication, and monitoring. Messages are taken around the clock.

• HELPLINK Information & Referral
211 or (800) 273-6222 or (415) 772-HELP
Information and referrals to over 5,000 health and human services including mental health are available by dialing 211. They also provide comprehensive information for self-help groups in the Bay Area and are staffed with English-, Spanish-, and Chinese-speaking operators.

• The Mental Health Association of San Francisco
(415) 421-2926, 870 Market Street, Suite 928, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm
Information and referral to mental health services and an advocacy organization can be found here.

• The San Francisco Behavioral Health Plan 
(415) 255-3737 (24-hour access)
The SF Behavioral Health Plan offers a full range of specialty behavioral health services provided by a culturally diverse network of community behavioral health programs, clinics, and private psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists.

• Local support groups and self help resources are also here to help.

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Cameron House 
Social Services:
920 Sacramento (bet. Powell & Stockton). 781-0401 ext. 123. Asian-focused. For victims of domestic violence & child witnesses of domestic violence. Call or drop in M-F 9am-noon & 1-5pm. Nonpsychiatric individual, couple & family counseling; case management. Support groups (Cantonese): single mothers 3rd Fri 6-8pm; cancer patients 2nd & 4th Sat 1-3pm. Sliding scale counseling; Free domestic violence program & support groups. English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Toisanese, Vietnamese.

Cameron House: Youth Services:
920 Sacramento (bet. Powell & Stockton). 781-0401 ext. 126. Friday 7-10pm: bi-lingual after-school program for middle & high school youth (sports, movies, etc.). English & Cantonese.

 

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

This website provides resources including private therapist, hotlines, and legal assistance.

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NAMI - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
(415) 905-NAMI (905-6264)

Located in San Francisco, NAMI is one of more than 1,000 local affiliates of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. They offer classes for family members to learn how to support someone with mental illness as well as resources and support.

Their website offers information on the rights of families, support group information, family to family support classes, sample questions to ask the psychiatrist and more.

 

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Our Crisis page offers links and help lines for all ages.

 

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How Families Can Help Children Cope with Fear and Anxiety
from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

"Whether tragic events touch your family personally or are brought into your home via newspapers and television, you can help children cope with the anxiety that violence, death, and disasters can cause.

Listening and talking to children about their concerns can reassure them that they are safe. Start by encouraging them to discuss how they have been affected by what is happening around them. Even young children may have specific questions about tragedies. Children react to stress at their own developmental level." Read more for pointers for parents and caregivers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers support in the following areas: Disaster/Trauma, Youth Violence, Children and Families. The website offers information in Spanish as well.

Other Local Resources

Chemical Dependent Support from HelpingSF.org offers an online quiz to see if you or someone you know may need help. There is information on Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, the needle exchange program, Planned Parenthood, and resources to help with your recovery.

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