Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.

Find a Local NAMI

Take Action: Local Policies

Support Mental Health Education

Sign our petition in support of Senate Bill 224 to provide California students in grades 1-12 with the mental health education they need. Thank you those who have already signed our petition in support of The bill passed the Senate and moves to the Assembly!

Support Mental Health Crisis Response and Services

Sign our petition in support of Assembly Bill 1065 to help improve the outcomes of crisis calls involving people who are mentally ill, by allowing taxpayers to make voluntary contributions on their California tax returns to support much-needed law enforcement training programs to better equip them to engage safely with individuals living with a mental illness.

Sign our petition in support of Assembly Bill 1331 to establish a new position at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to improve our crisis care system.

Take Action: National Policies

Urge Congress to Fund Crisis Services

Next year, 988, a 3-digit number for mental health crises, will be available nationwide. But what crisis services will be available in your community if you or someone you know needs this life-saving line? NAMI is urging Congress to fund mental health crisis services. We need you to email your member of Congress to help ensure that there is more federal funding for crisis services in your community. Find out more and sign NAMI’s petition.

Urge Congress to Support Mental Health Research

Imagine if cancer, heart disease or diabetes was diagnosed just by using a short list of questions to assess symptoms. Sadly, due to the complexity of the brain and lack of strong research, this is how people are currently diagnosed with mental health conditions. This results in many mistakes in diagnosis and ineffective treatment. We need Congress to invest in research for mental health conditions. Find out more and sign NAMI’s petition

Support NAMI National’s Advocacy Actions

Sign up for advocacy actions and updates from NAMI National, and sign letters in their action center

Be a Local Advocate

Join TeamNAMIca

Become a NAMI CA member, and contact your local NAMI California affiliate to find out ways to get involved locally.

Share Your Voice

Find your local representatives and let them know about the issues that matter to you. Use our Advocacy Toolkit to learn how to best communicate what matters to you.


Every local, state and national election provides us with an opportunity to vote for leaders and laws to improve mental health services for our communities. Find out about voting in California.

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