Happy Holidays! (but just in case they’re not)

Posted: December 22, 2021

Holiday Mental Health Resources:

Some our TNT crew, youth leaders and staff.

We wish all a wonderful holiday season, but we know that, for many people, it’s not the most wonderful time of the year. Sixty-four percent of people living with mental illness (including trauma/PTSD) report that holidays make their conditions worse. And so, the therapists on Youth ALIVE!’s Counseling Services staff created this helpful list of local and national hotlines, text lines, web sites and other resources that may be helpful for those who are experiencing trauma, or anyone struggling during the season. They include not only crisis lines, but also links to articles to help deal with stress and/or grief over the holidays.

  1. 1Alameda County:
    • A Safe Place Crisis Line Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence support English, language interpreters as needed: 510-536-SAFE (7233)
    • Bay Area Women Against Rape(BAWAR) 24 Hour Crisis Line English and Spanish: 510-845- RAPE(7273)
    • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County24 Hour Crisis Line English, language interpreters as needed: 1-800-309-2131  Text message support from 4pm to 11pm English Text “Safe” to 20121 Crisis Text Line 24 Hour Crisis Line English Text “LISTEN” to 741-741
    • Family Violence Law Center 24 Hour Crisis Line, English, language interpreters as needed: 1-800-947-8301
      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 Hour Crisis Line English, language interpreters as needed: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) Spanish 1-888-628-9454
    • Teen Line (Teens Helping Teens)English Call: (800)-TLC-TEEN from 6PM-10PM Text: Text “TEEN” to 839863 from 6PM-9PM
    • Alameda County Mobile Crisis Team (MCT): This team operates with two Licensed Clinicians who respond to mental health crisis calls from the general community, providers, as well as 911 mental health crisis call outs. MCT services are available Monday – Friday 10am-8pm Contact: 1 (510) 891-5600 (English, interpreters available as needed)
    • ACCESS Information, screening and referral line for mental health, drug/alcohol services and treatment in Alameda CountyEnglish, Spanish: 1-800-491-9099
    • Family Paths Parent Support Hotline 24-hour support and mental health referrals, with offices in Oakland & Hayward, English and Spanish :1-800-829-3777
  • Contra Costa County:
    Mental Health Crisis Services – Anyone living in Contra Costa County who experiences a mental or emotional crisis can get help. Mental Health Crisis Services (English, interpreters available as needed) are available in person or over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week at:
    • Psychiatric Emergency Services Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (north side) 2500 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez
    • Mental or emotional crisis – 24-hour Access Line at 1-888-678-7277 for mental health resources or the Contra Costa Crisis Center at 1-800-833-2900 for 24-hour crisis support.
  1. National resources (English, interpreters as needed and as available)