Mental Health Resources | San Diego, Ca

The Amen Clinics |Daniel G. Amen, M.D. is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, teacher and nine time New York Times bestselling author (and fellow student of my alma mater, Vanguard University). He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice. The Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling over 87,000 scans on patients from 93 countries. We treat a variety of conditions including ADD, Anxiety, Depression, Brain Injuries, Addiction and Weight Management. The Amen Clinics have six locations nationwide in Costa Mesa and San Francisco CA, Bellevue WA, Atlanta GA, Reston VA and New York City.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | Understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes.


California Institute for Mental Health | The California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) was established in 1993 to promote excellence in mental health services through training, technical assistance, research and policy development.

Our Purpose – To promote wellness and positive mental health and substance use treatment outcomes through improvements in California’s health systems.

Our Vision – That California is the national leader in the provision of mental health services and support systems that successfully advance hope, wellness, resiliency, recovery and full community integration for all adults, children and families across their life spans.

Peer Support in Congregations – Is a statewide CIMH project designed to increase the capacity of faith-based organizations to provide peer counseling support and referral services. It expands the number of trained individuals available in congregations to support the pastoral efforts to serve individuals in crisis and needing support around mental health and substance use challenges.


California Mental Health Services Authority | The mission of California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is to provide member counties a flexible, efficient, and effective administrative/fiscal structure focused on collaborative partnerships and pooling efforts in development and implementation of common strategies and programs, accountability at state, regional, and local levels, and fiscal integrity, protections, and management of collective risk.


Celebrate Recovery |The purpose of Saddleback Church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry is to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles.” This experience allows us to “be

changed.” We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power—Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power.


Clearview Treatment Programs | Clearview Treatment Programs, started in 2000, operates multiple treatment centers in the Los Angeles area. Clearview offers a full continuum of care, including residential, day, outpatient, and transitional living treatment centers. Our specialized evidence-based Center for Psychiatric Disorders and Addictions treats people who have struggled to achieve recovery from their psychiatric disorder or addiction, with a focus on the underlying causes, not just the symptoms. Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders is a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program that was created specifically to treat women struggling with symptoms of BPD and emotion dysregulation. Our staff has been extensively trained in DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other evidence-based therapies to be able to provide the most comprehensive treatment possible. Clearview is committed to the long-term success of our clients. To learn more about Clearview, visit or contact Kim Cartwright at (310) 422-6847 or


Cloud-Townsend Resources | The mission of Cloud-Townsend Resources is to help people grow and reach their goals personally, professionally, spiritually and relationally.  Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have been bringing hope and healing to millions for well over two decades, helping people discover solutions to life’s most difficult personal and relational challenges. Their material provides solid, practical answers and offers guidance in the areas of parenting, marriage, dating, emotional struggles, leadership, and personal and spiritual growth. Drs. Cloud & Townsend offer a wide variety of local growth opportunities and online training courses. They also have over one thousand recordings available in their extensive audio and video library. Visit or call (800) 676-HOPE (4673).


Fiesta Educativa | Dedicated to empowering families of persons with disabilities, Fiesta Educativa, a partnership of families, professionals, consumers, friends, and agencies, embraces as its mission the goal of universal support towards the enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities. For more information, please contact us at (714) 533-2533 or


FINDINGbalance | FINDINGbalance is the leading Christian resource for DAILY help with eating and body image issues. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, we serve people all over the world with small group tools, online

videos, our annual Hungry for Hope eating disorders conference and our new Lasting Freedom online eating issues support program.


Fresh Hope | Fresh Hope is a network of Christian support groups for those who suffer from mental health challenges and for those who love them.  The purpose of Fresh Hope is to provide a safe, non-threatening setting for people who have mental health challenges, their family and friends.  It is a place where they can share insights, progress and setbacks in an effort to exchange information and encouragement with a Christian context so that they might come to a point where they are not only surviving, but enjoying and finding joy and purpose in their lives.  For more information, please visit or contact us at or 402-932-3089.


Hope & Healing After Abortion (Project Rachel) | Hope & Healing After Abortion (aka Project Rachel) assists all who have been hurt by the act of abortion. Specially trained companion ministers meet one to one with women who have had the experience of abortion, significant others who were part of the decision to abort, as well as those who may have assisted in this procedure. All conversations are held in the strictest confidence. Emotional, spiritual, and sacramental support is available for all who are seeking reconciliation, healing and recovery from this event. Email or  Phone (858) 581-3022 or (760) 745-2529.


International Bipolar Foundation | The vision of International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is to be the world’s most valued authority on Bipolar Disorder and to envision a world in which Bipolar Disorder is prevented and cured. The mission of IBPF is to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education. For more information, please visit or contact us at (858) 764-2496.


Mental Health Grace Alliance | Thrive. Support. Training: We use a holistic process towards mental health recovery. We provide personal assistance to navigate professional care and improve personal life management. Our Mental Illness Recovery Program and support groups reinforce professional care. Lastly, we uniquely help the church understand the biblical and clinical perspective of  mental health difficulties and disorders. For more information, about Mental Health Grace Alliance please visit or contact us at (562) 270-6105 or (949) 275-8953 or


National Alliance of Mental Illness – San Diego | The National Alliance on Mental Illness in San Diego is the city’s voice on mental illness. We are part of the grass-roots, non-profit,national NAMI organization founded in 1979 by family members of people with mental illness. We are also an affiliate of NAMI CaliforniaWe have a threefold mission: 1) Support people with mental illnesses and their families by helping them find coping mechanisms for their daily struggle with brain disorders; 2) Educate people who have mental illness, their families, and the general public about mental illness with the goal of dispelling ignorance and stigma; and 3) Advocate for more research and an improved system of mental health services across the nation.  At the heart of NAMI San Diego’s mission is the sharing of information and striving to end the stigma associated with mental illness. To this end, we offer a Helpline, support groups, educational meetings, newsletters, a lending library and a number of classes on mental illness held at various locations throughout San Diego County.

NAMI San Diego Helpline | County-wide, confidential, family and peer-staffed support phone line for individuals with mental illness and their loved ones.  Provides non-crisis phone support and referrals and increases knowledge of mental illness, resources and related issues.  (619) 543-1434, 10 am – 6 pm, M-F


National Catholic Partnership on Disability | National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) was founded in 1982 to implement in dioceses and parishes throughout the US the Pastoral Statement of US Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities. NCPD provides resources and training so that Catholics with disabilities can be nourished in their faith, and actively contribute to their parish communities.  NCPD’s resources include two monthly e-newsletters, thirteen webinars, and offerings from the following sub-groups. The NCPD Council on Mental Illness produces resources on mental illness, such as the Welcomed and Valued DVD and Manual. The Ethics and Public Policy Committee provides input to governmental agencies on issues such as euthanasia, organ donation, and prenatal diagnosis. The Autism Task Force is producing an App for helping children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be able to attend Sunday services, and is also reviewing curriculum materials for sacramental preparation in order to advise educators on best practices and resources. For more information visit the NCPD website at


San Diego Behavioral Health Services | The Behavioral Health Services Division provides a continuum of mental health and alcohol and other drug services for children, youth, families, adults, and older adults.  The Division embraces Live Well San Diego, the County’s over-arching initiative to promote healthy, safe and thriving communities throughout the County of San Diego.  It promotes recovery and well-being through prevention, treatment, and intervention, as well as integrated services for clients experiencing co-occurring mental illness and alcohol and drug issues.  The Behavioral Health Services Division provides services under two systems of care:  Adult/Older Adult Services and Children, Youth, and Family Services.  For clients requiring hospitalization, a third division–Inpatient Health Services—provides services at Edgemoor, Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facility, and San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital.  The website links telephone support numbers, information on providers and recent campaigns on reducing the stigma of mental health.  Access and Crisis Line/Referrals: 1-888-724-7240.


San Diego Psychiatric Society | The San Diego Psychiatric Society works to improve public awareness of mental illness and increase legislative and financial support of psychiatric care. Members work in community mental health organizations, academic institutions, government settings and private offices and advise the legislature on mental health issues.  (858) 279-4586.


San Diego Rescue Mission | For more than 50 years it has been more than our purpose – it has been our privilege — to help San Diego’s homeless and poor populations create better lives for themselves and, in turn, build a better community for us all.  Our comprehensive programs meet basic needs, then go further. They help our clients address the challenges behind their homelessness for positive, lasting change.  They provide an opportunity for those in need to take control of their lives, find a new level of stability, and return to their communities as fulfilled, contributing members of society.


To Write Love On Her Arms | To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. For more information, please visit or contact us at


Veterans Services Office – San Diego  | The mission of Veterans Services is to provide professional services for military veterans and their dependents and survivors who are entitled to benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the State of California, and other agencies as applicable.  The Veterans Service Office was re-established in 1987 to serve the veteran population of San Diego County, which has the second largest veteran population in the state. The office assists veterans and their dependents and survivors to obtain benefits from the federal, state and local agencies administering programs for veterans, and provides advocacy to the veterans community regarding entitlement rights to federal, state and local benefits programs.  For more information, please visit or contact us at (858) 694-3222.



(editor’s note:  this list of resources is partially composed of vendors who attended or spoke at The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, hosted by Rick Warren and Saddleback Church.  Local San Diego, Ca resources have been added as well.)


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