we think our card series are awesome conversation starters / relationship builders, but they're definitely not going to solve complicated health and mental health issues. fortunately, there are tons of amazing organizations that specialize in whatever it is that you or your loved one are going through.
check out our growing resource directory below, and our guide — How to Approach Tough Subjects and Get Effective Help for a Loved One — for some tips as you get started.
DEPRESSION / GRIEF / GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
- National Suicide Prevention Hot Line: 1-800-273-8255
Psychology Today's Find a Therapist
Search for therapists, treatment centers, or support groups based on criteria like: insurance type, geography, mental health issue, sexuality, gender, age, language, faith, and therapy type.
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County (SF Bay Area)
Get help for yourself or get help for a loved one who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Adult Crisis Referrals from the Crisis Support Community:
Berkeley Mental Health
Cherry Hill Detoxification and Sobering Center
Crisis Response Program
Jay Mahler Recovery Center
John George Psychiatric Pavilion
Sausal Creek Stabilization Clinic
Adolescent & Children Crisis Referrals from the Crisis Support Community :
Willow Rock Center (12-17 yo)
Children’s Hospital (0-11 yo)
Grief support for children, teens, families & adults. Guided by empathy and compassion, Kara offers comprehensive grief support, crisis intervention and education to individuals and communities facing the difficult realities of grief and loss (free and sliding scale services available).
Affordable access to 1500+ licensed therapists starting at $39/week. Talk whenever and wherever you are (web or mobile), without scheduling. Counselors available that specialize in: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, PTSD, OCD, addiction, bipolar disorder, career stress.
BetterHelp may be right for you if you're looking to improve the quality of your life — whenever there is anything that interferes with your happiness or prevents you from achieving your goals. They have counselors who are specialized in: stress, anxiety, relationships, parenting, depression, addictions, eating, sleeping, trauma, anger, family conflicts, LGBT matters, grief, religion, self esteem and more.
Family Education and Resource Center (FERC)
FERC is an Alameda-based organization that offers support and assistance to family members and caregivers of a loved one grappling with a mental health issue. FERC is comprised of a team of family advocates with lived experience dedicated to helping clients by offering information, support, education, and advocacy free of charge.
To Write Love On Her Arms
A movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with addiction, self-injury, depression and suicide. TWLOHA's addiction referrals include:
Alcoholics 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 alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership. Their primary purpose is to help people stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Al-Anon Family Groups
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. There are no dues. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics.
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 43,900 weekly meetings in over 127 countries worldwide.
Nar-Anon members are relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problems of another. The Nar-Anon Family Group is for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them. Nar-Anon members share their experiences, strength and hope at weekly meetings.
In The Rooms
In The Rooms is an online global recovery community for people seeking help, in recovery or are friends and family of people in recovery. In The Rooms offers a free database on their website of anonymous 12-step meetings available all over the world, as well as forums with message boards where members can connect with one another in recovery.
Cumberland Heights is a nationally recognized alcohol and drug treatment center located west of Nashville on the Cumberland River, offering both in-patient and out-patient services for individuals as well as programs for family members.
Cornerstone of Southern California
Cornerstone of Southern California provides a range of individualized care programs, including detoxification, primary rehabilitation, extended care, outpatient and residential treatment, alternative sentencing, recovery homes, and sober living. Free after care/continuing care is available for all Cornerstone Alumni and their families who have successfully completed the program.
See To Write Love On Her Arms their full directory of mental health resources here.
Recovery.org provides a thorough directory of addiction recovery centers and resources all across the United States, and allows you to search by zipcode for your local area. They also provide a helpline, live chat, and estimation of insurance benefits.
ProjectKnow provides parent-focused drug education and information surrounding recovery options. Their website aims to inform parents, caregivers, and other family members as well as addicts themselves about treatment options. Similar to Recovery.org, they provide a helpline, live chat, and estimation of insurance benefits.
Cancer Support Community
Find support groups, educational sessions, health and wellness programs in your area. Programs are free of charge to anyone affected by cancer, including patients, caregivers, loved ones, and children. If you do not find a location near you, contact the Cancer Support Community's TOLL-FREE Helpline at 1-888-793-9355. Learn more here.
Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation
Provides healing therapies, personalized navigation, and education at no-cost to cancer patients. Some therapies include acupuncture, acupressure, deep breathing meditation, therapeutic massage, mindfulness therapies, guided/visual imagery, and more.
A nonprofit that encourages, empowers, and connects young adult cancer survivors and caregivers around the world, 24/7. Lacuna Loft provides online age-appropriate wellness support programs and resources, lifestyle encouragement, and peer support community that young adults need to overcome their challenging health and life circumstances through a medium that fits their lifestyle. Learn more here.
Walk with Sally
Walk with Sally serves kids ages 7-17 who have a parent or sibling currently with cancer, who have passed away from cancer, or who is in remission from cancer. Their mentorship program matches children with an adult who has had a similar experience to offer guidance and support.
Camp Kesem is a national organization that supports kids ages 6-18 that have been affected by a parent's cancer through free, one-week overnight summer camp sessions as well as year-round support and community programs. There are chapters all across the United States; find your local chapter here.
Operation Access brings together Bay Area medical professionals and hospitals to provide vital surgical and specialty care to those who are uninsured and in need, giving community clinic patients an option to resolve critical issues free of charge. Medical professionals donate their time to help those in need throughout the entire Bay Area.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society supports people with cancer and their loved ones, all for free. They provide information and support to those facing cancer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and can connect you with free or low-cost resources in your area. ACS’s programs and resources include:
Call the 24-hour ACS Cancer Helpline at 800.277.2345 to speak to a Cancer Information Specialist that can answer questions and provide a friendly ear. The Helpline is also the best way to find out about local resources and personalized options beyond ACS's services.
Wig BanksMatching services:
ACS offers wigs at no cost to patients without insurance or with inadequate insurance to cover the cost of a wig. To inquire about a free wig, call the Helpline listed above or click here and enter your zip code to find services near you. ACS also has an online catalog of products meant for the effects of treatment, which you can find here.
Road to Recovery
The Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from cancer-related medical appointments and treatment. They coordinate with ACS volunteer drivers and local organizations to give rides to those who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
The ACS Hope Lodge program offers free lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers when traveling to receive treatment. There are 30+ Hope Lodges across the country aimed at providing a comfortable space without worrying about the cost of finding a place to stay.
Reach for Recovery
The Reach for Recovery program connects breast cancer patients with breast cancer survivors that provide support to the patient and their loved ones through their experience. The program functions through phone calls and/or face-to-face meetings.
Cancer Survivors Network
Cancer Survivors Network is an online forum for people whose lives have been touched by cancer to share personal stories and discuss resources.
Clinical trial information
ACS provides helpful information on clinical trials. Here are their referrals:
Clinical trials lists:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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