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Counseling and Psychological Services

The followings are community-based resources that may be helpful to you. 

National Resources

Mental Health

Alzheiner's Association 1 (800) 272-3900

Mental Health America 

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Suicide Prevention and Coping

24-hr National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK(8255)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Survivor Support Networks

National Eating Disorders Association

National Center for PTSD

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)

National Sexual Assault Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline


Women for Sobriety - Non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. Local information can be found here.

Aging and Loss

American Hospice Foundation - supports programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages.

Local Resources

Mental Health

Mental Health America of San Diego County

National Alliance on Mental Health, San Diego

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, San Diego

Up2SD -  This site provides local resources in San Diego.

Suicide Prevention and Coping

Survivors of Suicide Loss, San Diego

American Foundation for Suicide Loss, San Diego

Survivor Support Networks

Becky's House Domestic Violence Program, San Diego - For survivors of domestic violence

Adult Protective Services of San Diego

San Diego Domestic Violence Council

Women's Resource Center of San Diego

Planned Parenthood

Center for Community Solutions - Healing and preventing sexual assault and relationship violence


24-hr San Diego County Access & Crisis Line: (800) 479-3339 or (888) 724-7240

Alcoholics Anonymous San Diego - (619) 265-8762

Al-Anon San Diego - To help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. (619) 296-2666

SMART Recovery - Support groups for individuals who desire to gain independence from any type of addictive behavior. For meetings in San Diego, call (858) 455-1159 (tape recorded message).

Aging and Loss

Elder Help - This site provides information on ways to care for the elders.


San Diego LGBT Community Center

Deaf Community Services of San Diego

Union of Pan-Asian Communities

Legal Support

San Diego Legal Aid Society

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

National Conflict Resolution Center - Based in San Diego, it provides and promotes collaborative dispute resolution to individuals, organizations, and society through education, training, and client services. Low or no-cost mediation services are available for a wide range of common disputes.

Apps by Category

Stress Management


Cost: Free for IOS and Android

The idea is to track your daily activities by writing or via audio. The app then helps you understand what activities might be triggering different moods and emotions, especially stress and anxiety. The goal is to help you recognize what's making you anxious or stressed so you can break the cycle. It also gives you goals to set and emotional homework.

Self-Help Anxiety Management

Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Created by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists, and student users, the Self-Help Anxiety Management app (nicknamed SAM) helps you figure out what's making you anxious or stressed while also suggesting ways to combat it. It's a great resource for external information, covering everything from information about anxiety to physical and mental relaxation techniques. Along with these resources comes guidance for putting these techniques into practice. Over time, you'll be able to see a graph of your anxiety so you can self-monitor.

Relax Melodies

Cost: Free for IOS

If stress or anxiety gets in the way of you falling asleep or staying asleep, you might want to try an app like Relax Melodies to help you relax before bedtime. The app lets you choose from 48 relaxing ambient and nature sounds -- everything from ocean waves to white noise -- as well as calming music and guided meditation sessions. You can customize these sounds into a mix, or choose just one. You can also set a timer for them to stop playing after a certain amount of time, or set a time during the night or morning for them to wake you up.

Personal Zen

Cost: Free for IOS

Personal Zen is clinically proven to reduce stress by JUST playing a fun game. Built by a team of leading neuroscientists and mobile developers, playing Personal Zen actually retrains your brain to lower stress and anxiety. Just like exercising for physical health, we can exercise our brain for better mental health and wellness!


Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Coloring books and mandalas are proved to help adults release the stress and feel better. It is a great way to relax your mind and have fun!

Improving Sleep

Sleep Pillow

Cost: Free for IOS

Sleep Pillow provides an advanced set of high quality, premixed for perfect sleep and enhancement

Sleep Cycle

Cost: Free for IOS and Android

While you sleep, Sleep Cycle rests under your pillow and works to gather data. The app then uses that information to wake you up when you’ll feel the least groggy. Easy-to-read graphs help you make sense of your sleep patterns. Its newest version now has patented sound technology that can detect snoring.


Cost: Free for IOS

The app is designed to help you fight insomnia and take power naps during the day. Just turn it on and the app will generate sounds to help you relax.


Attitudes of Gratitude

Cost: Free for Android

This simple app will help you to develop and maintain a daily attitude of gratitude. At the end of each day you can list the things you are grateful for. You will soon see that your list is much longer than you expected.

Gratitude Stream

Cost: Free for IOS

Gratitude is a global network of people just like you who journal the things in their lives that they are Grateful for. The app allows you to open a small window into the lives of others and lets you see what they appreciate on a daily basis.

Improving Mood

Live Happy

Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Live Happy is a company dedicated to promoting and sharing authentic happiness through education, integrity, gratitude and community awareness.


Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Happier is a fun social gratitude journal combined with a positive community! Be inspired to keep track of the small happy moments in your day and feel awesome when they help someone smile. Research shows people who focus on finding a few positive things about their day are happier, healthier, and less stressed. We believe that every day - even the tough ones - has at least one small happy moment and we created Happier to encourage you to find it.

Happy Habits

Cost: Free for IOS and Android

This app uses the techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) from the positive psychology research to provide comprehensive tools to help create the conditions for happiness in your life.


Cost: Free for IOS and Android

How you feel matters. Whether you're feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or you're dealing with constant negative thoughts, Happify brings you effective tools and programs to take control of your emotional well-being. Get ready to reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts, and build greater resilience. 86% of people who use Happify regularly report feeling better about their lives in 2 months!

Meditation and Deep Breathing

The Mindfulness App

Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Start your journey to a more relaxed and healthier state of mind with The Mindfulness App. Whether you are just starting out or experienced in meditation, The Mindfulness App will help you to become more present in your daily life.


Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Get the most out of your day with the Headspace app. We’ll help you perform at your best through the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness.


Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Calm is the #1 app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more clarity, joy and peace to your daily life. Start your journey to a calmer mind with the app that’s trusted by millions and featured in the New York Times. Calm is the perfect meditation app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced meditators and gurus.

Insight Timer

Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Insight Timer is a popular meditation app which helps with sleeping, dealing with anxiety and stress, getting through recovery and addictions, and helps to achieve higher levels of self-love and compassion.

Smiling Mind

Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Smiling Mind is modern meditation, a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.

Stop, Breathe & Think

Cost: Free for IOS and Android

The Stop, Breathe & Think app is a free mindfulness, meditation and compassion-building lifestyle tool that is simple, fun and easy to use. At Stop, Breathe & Think, we believe that taking a few minutes each day to feel the calm is as important as regular exercise. If we can help more of you regularly find peace of mind, we’re doing our part to help make the world a better place.


Cost: Free for IOS and Android

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool. Breathe2Relax is a hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body's 'fight-or-flight' (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker. Articles

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