Low cost resources for mental health treatment in San Diego

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The National Institute of Mental Health offers extensive information about a wide range of mental disorders, including signs and symptoms of and effective treatment for mental disorders.

The website for the nonprofit organization Mental Health America offers online mental health screening questionnaires and other resources that can be helpful in gauging psychological symptoms, learning about psychological disorders, and weighing treatment options.

The American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology offers a comprehensive and annotated listing of empirically supported and effective psychological treatments for specific mental disorders. The listings include key references and clinical resources.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons impacted by mental illness.  The organization offers educational programming and and advocates for mental health research and treatment.

The San Diego chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers support and programming for family members and loved ones of  persons who have died by suicide, and sponsors annual events such as the “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” and “Survivor Day.”

The San Diego LGBT Community Center promotes LGBT health and human rights and provides counseling and other services to the LGBT community. The San Diego chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) offers support, education, and advocacy relating to the LGBTQ community.  TransFamily Support Services offers free guidance to transgender/non-binary youth and their families through the gender transitioning process, including coaching, assistance with healthcare and insurance issues, help navigating the legal system, and support at schools.

The San Diego Center for Community Solutions offers services to persons who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking.  Their services include counseling, legal aid, advocacy, emergency and long-term shelter, and education and outreach.  Their 24-hour hotline is 888-385-4657.