Find help from these websites, telephone hotlines and organizations.
According to a study published by Mental Health America, the number of people with severe depression—as judged by standard scoring on a common depression assessment tool—was 213,718 out of those 2.6 million. The average rate across all U.S. states came in at 65 per 100,000. This is just the latest report on how the U.S. is in a state of mental health crisis—and much of this information was gathered before the pandemic. Life after seems to have an even dimmer ray of hope.
However, the country is working at both state and national levels to reform mental healthcare and make it more accessible. Monterey County is a good example of a region of California currently offering resources while working to provide more. If you live in Monterey County and are struggling with your mental or emotional wellbeing, there is help available.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a chapter in Monterey County. Outside of mobile crisis support, NAMI runs a number of ongoing support groups that are either free or extremely low-cost to attend. One of the most powerful aspects of NAMI is that many of its offerings are run by individuals who have overcome mental health and addiction challenges—they truly come from a place of understanding and life experience.
Besides serving up a wealth of information and referrals for other mental wellness programs in the region, NAMI Monterey County runs these support groups:
NAMI Peer-to-Peer—A free eight-week session for adults aged 18+ that are struggling to cope with their mental illness. This program is led by trained leaders who have all come out of personal mental health situaions, and/or live with daily management.
De Familia a Familia de NAMI—This Spanish-language 12-week course is for friends and family members who have a loved one struggling with mental illness. It is designed to further advocacy and understanding while equipping participants with tools they can use to help the mentally ill person in their life.
NAMI Family Support Group—Like other NAMI groups, this group is peer-to-peer. However, it contains more structure and is designed to ensure everyone is heard and has a chance to share.
NAMI provides a wide variety of support groups for those struggling with specific issues. For a current roster of groups, visit the NAMI Monterey County website.
Monterey County Behavioral Health offers outpatient services for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing psychiatric issues and emergencies. These ACCESS locations can be found in Salinas, Marina, Soledad, and King City. Recepients of MediCal can participaate in the orientation group that will place them into the appropriate ongoing services. ACCESS services might include up to six months of counseling and medication support. Residents without Medi-Cal will be connected to non-county services via ACCESS.
Crisis Team—Located via telephone or in person at the Natividad Emergency Department, the Crisis Team offers immediate assessment and assistance to all ages. It is available 24 hours a day and can be reached at (831) 755-4111.
Mobile Response Team—Available for young people aged 21 and under, the Mobile Response Team provides help throughout the community as well as via phone. It offers assessments and connect young people to services during times of mental health crisis. Call (831) 687-4379.
MC Hopes—Monterey County has also started a suicide prevention initiative called MC Hopes. While still in development stages, the program hopes to reduce suicide rates in the region to 0%. In the meantime, those needing help can text HOME to 741741 to receive immediate help.
The Ohana Center for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health follows a unique approach to help kids in crisis, and the facility is well-regarded throughout the region. Services include the following:
Monterey County Children's Services—While assessments and treatment can be carried out at the county’s various clinic locations, most of the child and adolescent mental health services are school and home-based. Resources include the following:
Intimacy, Sexuality and Gender Center of Monterey—Since 1992, the center has supported the trans community. For information on the monthly support group and other resources, call (831) 375-7553.
Community Human Services—Counseling services that come at no charge to Monterey County residents regardless of health insurance status are available in both English and Spanish, and are applicable for all adults in the LGBTQ+ community, along with a special focus on those affected by HIV. Call (831) 757-7915, ext. 002.
Our Gente—Community and agency trainings, weekly support groups for youth ages 16-24, and community events all steered by the Queer & Trans Youth Collective in Monterey County.
The California Consortium for Urban Indian Health is focused on the wellbeing of Indigenous Americans throughout California, with counseling and substance abuse treatment resources available to tribal members. The consortium envisions a future in which all American Indians living in urban areas gain access to quality, sustainable, and self-determined health and wellness services. Call (415) 345-1205.
The CalHope Red Line is a helpline for Indigenous Americans. Call (888) 368-4090.
Military & Veterans' Affairs of Monterey County—With offices in Salinas, Monterey, Hollister and Marina, this organization provides physical, emotional, and financial support for veterans and their families. There is also a Veterans Crisis Line, which can be reached at (800) 273-8255.
Veterans Transition Center—The Veterans Transition Center offers many resources for veterans residing in Monterey County, including referrals to mental health organizations like the Coming Home Project. Contact the center at (831) 647-7613.
Residents of Monterey County have access to a multitude of phone numbers to call in times of mental health crisis, as well as non-emergency phone numbers for those who just need someone to listen.
Omni Warmline—(831) 800-7660. Operates peer-run warmline with support and resources and hosts mental health peer support groups.
Alive for Men Warmline—(831) 224-5411
Natividad Medical Center Crisis Line—(831) 755-4111
National Suicide Prevention Hotline—(800) 273-8255
NAMI Warmline—(800) 950-6264
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast—(877) 663-5433 (ONE LIFE)
AlAnon and Alateen—(888) 425-2666
Monterey Bay Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous—(831) 373-3713
California Smokers Helpline—(800) 662-8887
Monterey County Area Narcotics Anonymous—Salinas: (831) 758-1630; Monterey: (831) 624-2055
Community Human Services—(831) 920-1078
Sun Street Centers Recovery for Youth—Seaside: (831)-525-8101; King City: (831) 899-6577