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How to Find Help for a Crisis  

 People in crisis can get immediate help by calling 911.

If you are considering suicide you can also call or text 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. 


Urgent help is also available at your local hospital emergency room or by contacting your local crisis line.

San Diego Access and Crisis Line (For mental health emergencies, suicide prevention and referrals to treatment):  (888) 724-7240

Suicide Prevention

It's not always obvious when someone is in pain. If you or someone you know may be thinking about suicide,

it's time to talk. Call the San Diego Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. You are not alone.
If you have lost a friend or loved one to suicide, you may find yourself in need of support.

 Find resources that are available for when you may need it most.


A site for suicidal individuals and their loved ones,

survivors, mental health professionals, & others who care


Psychoeducation regarding CPTSD and Dissociative Disorders, as well as Funding for Treatment: Beauty After Bruises

Short film- A portrayal of DID, by film maker Dylan Crumpler. 

"Petals of a Rose is currently the best educational film that we have available to educate professionals and the general public about dissociative identities."
— Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, REAT, RYT-500

Dylan grew up with a mother who has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Given that DID has often been inaccurately and negatively portrayed in film and television, Dylan envisioned and created this film to realistically depict a day in the life of a woman with DID in an engaging and educational way.


  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Federal agency that leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health.

  • Offers an online treatment locator.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (12-step support group)

  • Narcotics Anonymous (12-step support group)

  • SMART Recovery (research and skills-based addiction support group)

  • Alanon (Support for families affected by addiction)

  • 12 Step Resources and Directory/ Website that strives to provide information, tools and resources for working a 12 Step program (or any program using 12 step principles for recovery) in as simple and effective way as possible.

  • LIST of  other 12 Step Recovery Programs for All Addictions

  • Find a Local Detox/San Diego

  • Find a local Detox/North County San Diego 

  • QTBIPOC Addiction and Mental Health Support

  • Find Rehab Centers

  • List and resources for Non-12 Step Recovery

Additional Resources:

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):
A note about BPD: I don't like the name for BPD. I believe it requires new language because it is often brought about due to incredible hurt.  I am on the lookout for other resources. Please share if you know of any compassionate resources. 
Loving Someone with BPD or BPD Traits:

Developmental trauma includes chronic emotional neglect, and deficiencies in nurturance, protection, and guidance from caregivers.  As a result of this neglect, healthy relationships are not modeled and limits are not set.  In response to this, individuals develop defense mechanisms that are catastrophic to relationships.  These resources are for individuals who identify as having unhealthy relationships.  

BPD Family: Facing Emotionally Intense Relationships: Offers helpful tools, blogs, and book recommendations

Child Trafficking

  • Freedom Forever: Freedom Forever is an American non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children from abuse, trafficking and exploitation in ALL FORMS.

  • Human Trafficking Hotline:  1-888-373-7888TTY: 711Text* 233733

  • Kaleigh's Law:  Together, with her local legislators, Kayleigh worked to draft a bill and create a new law, providing victims and survivors of sexual and domestic abuse continued protection that would last their lifetime, regardless of the terms of their abuser’s probation status. In April of 2021, Governor Ducey signed SB1412, thus making Arizona the first state in the nation to offer protection that is valid for an actual lifetime to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. In June of 2021, the Arizona State Senate Proclaimed SB1412 as "Kayleigh’s Law". 

  • Mom Army Battalion 

  • The Love Storm:  Is a global initiative raising awareness of human trafficking in an educational and empowering way. By hosting mass meditations in numerous countries around the world, The Love Storm aims to lead the conversation that we must fight slavery from the inside out.  Each city is represented for the work being accomplished locally while we also educate on our imperative need to unite in order to end the global epidemic that is the modern-day slave trade.

  • Vets 4 Child Rescue:  Veterans For Child Rescue (V4CR) is a 5O1C3 nonprofit organization that was founded in April of 2017. Our team is comprised of military professionals, former and current law enforcement, senior intelligence community veterans, child abuse and trafficking survivors, and people who are willing to do whatever it takes to end child trafficking in the USA.

Complex PTSD: What is it?

  • Therapist and author Pete Walker has written extensively about complex PTSD, which is also referred to as developmental trauma. Walker's website offers several tools to manage the impact of CPTSD on relationships, daily living, self-care, work, etc. 

  • Shrinking the inner Critic

  • Managing Emotional Flashbacks

  • ISSTD: International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Public Resource Page

Emotional Support Animal Websites

Directly from their website:

An ESA letter is a document that serves as proof of one’s need for an emotional support animal as a form of treatment for a qualifying mental health condition. ESA letters are written and assigned on an individual basis and allow the right to keep an emotional support animal in a residence under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) – regardless of landlord rules/housing policies.

A legitimate ESA letter also serves as a legal exemption from pet rent or pet deposits. An ESA letter must be provided by a licensed mental health practitioner to be considered legitimate, and must include the patient's name, date of birth, and confirmation of the patient's qualifying mental health disorder. Don't worry, your actual diagnoses won't be shared!

An ESA letter does not provide protections for traveling with a pet or assistance animal. To travel with your animal worry-free, they must be a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD).

Get Psychiatric Service Dog Letter (PSD):

Directly from their website:

A psychiatric service dog is very similar to an ESA in that they help alleviate symptoms of a person's disability. Psychiatric service dogs and service animals are accepted on all airlines (subject to a few rules and with complete paperwork), in all housing units, and in all public places.

Psychiatric service dogs and service animals are different from an animal that provides emotional support in that they are trained to do specific tasks to help their handler. Interestingly, while the standards for the dogs are different, the list of mental and emotional disabilities that qualify for a psychiatric service animal is exactly the same as the list for qualifying for an ESA.

Intensive Outpatient Services in California
What is an IOP? An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is mental health treatment you might want to consider if you do not feel safe, and if you feel your current outpatient mental health treatment is not enough to stabilize you at this moment. 

Please call any of the programs listed here for more information. You can have this conversation with your therapist as well. 

For help with funding your treatment, a nonprofit organization Beauty After Bruises is available to help: 

Treatment for complex trauma is, painfully, exorbitantly expensive. We want to help you get the care you need and deserve but may have no means to obtain right now.  
While it may feel scary to do, we warmly encourage you to reach out to us if you are struggling in this way. you are not alone. We will send you an application form in two steps - that you can fill out in your own time, at your own pace - for an opportunity to receive financial assistance to meet your treatment expenses.

You can contact us - using our specific, internally confidential email address - and we will send the materials right away.

Treatment Specialist:  Zacch McKinney, serving Southern California, Inland Empire, through Acadia Healthcare.   

Phone: (951) 452-1056

E-Fax: (951) 795-4011

A Mission For Michael, offering IOP and Residential Treatment.  Per website: " A Mission for Michael is the premiere resource for intensive mental health treatment serving adult men and women in California, Virginia, and Washington State. Our clients receive personalized care twenty-four hours a day, overseen by our psychiatry team and doctorate or master’s-level clinicians. We maintain a small number of clients in each of our homes to provide an intimate treatment environment. This allows us to service a wide range of clinical concerns and still provide a very individualized treatment experience. Our treatment offerings change lives through our focus on evidence-based clinical treatment and compassionate care."

Aurora Behavioral Health Care, San Diego California. Offering IOP and PHP, including dual diagnosis.

Awakenings Treatment Center, Total Recovery for Body, Mind, and Spirit:  


28632 Roadside Dr. Suite 210
Agoura Hills, CA 91301


Crownview Co-Occurring Institute, Oceanside California

Bold Health Intensive IOP: learn More here

Bold Health contact info:  561 Saxony Place, Suite 101, Encinitas, CA 92024; Office: 760-503-4703

Lightfully Behavioral Health offering IOP and PHP throughout southern California, including San Diego and Los Angeles. Learn more HERE.  See this PDF for list of services.

Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center offering IOP and PHP

Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center, offering IOP.  Pacific Palisades, California. 

Per website, "At Reconnect, we treat mental health disorders and trauma with warmth and compassion. Part of what makes us different is our highly individualized attention and our focus on trauma. Here, we address the root causes of conditions rather than simply treating symptoms. We believe that is the key to transformational mental health treatment and lasting change."

Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospital, offering inpatient and crisis stabilization.

For more information about our inpatient programs, call Sharp Grossmont at 619-740-4800 or Sharp Mesa Vista at 858-836-8434

The Mental Health Collective at Newport Beach: Learn more about conditions that are treated here.

Trauma and Beyond: offering Intensive Outpatient, and Partial Hospitalization.  Learn more here.

Wings Recovery offers IOP and PHP programs for men and women that are specific to trauma. Located in San Diego California. 

Wings Recovery for MEN

Mental Health Emergency/Suicide:

Maternal Health Peripartum and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety:

Post Partum Support International

Post Partum Progress

For maternal mental health education and resources, check out Bethany Warren's website. Bethany is a perinatal mental health specialist and trauma specialist. Click here to be taken to her website for more information. 


Shelly Robinson:  a holistic family wellness coach + workshop facilitator + conscious parenting advocate whose mission is to teach busy, midlife moms how to kick negative parenting patterns to the curb by teaching them the art and science of creating new habits; how to build conscious connection with their children; and most importantly, how to take radically good care of themselves. 

Raising Strong Kids Through Divorce

50% of all North-American kids will witness the divorce of their parents and almost half of them will also see the breakup of the parents second marriage.

Divorce is not just hard on the mom's and dad's, it is also devastating for the kids. Raising Strong Kids Through Divorce is a resource for both parents and kids to help and empower them so that divorce doesn't define who they are as a family. 

Protecting Yourself  and your Children While Divorcing a High-Conflict Individual

Relationships: (relationship quiz and resources for couples)

The Gottman Relationship Blog:

Nonviolent-Communication (NVC) is an effective and efficient form of communication to help you to best express yourself and make requests to have your needs met in relationships.  Click here for link to learn more. 

Ritual Abuse (RA) and Mind Control (MC)

 Sharri Burggraaf is a survivor of RA/MC and offers lots of resources and information on her website: is a website provided by a therapist who is an allie and advocate for victims of ritual abuse. 

On this website you will find articles and resources where you will learn more about ritual abuse (RA), including signs of RA, and healing from RA. 

Self Help Groups and available Literature:

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families World Service Organization (ACA):  

" We meet  to share our experience of growing up in an environment where abuse, neglect and trauma infected us. This affects us today and influences how we deal with all aspects of our lives."

[ACA provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allows us to grieve our childhoods and conduct an honest inventory of ourselves and our family—so we may (i) identify and heal core trauma, (ii) experience freedom from shame and abandonment, and (iii) become our own loving parents.]

Codependents Anonymous (CODA): The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy & loving relationships.

Sexual Health:

Dr. Emily Nagoski, author of Come as You Are offers great resources, including worksheets on her website:

Tourette and Tic Disorders

Dr. Charles S. Mansueto is a seasoned Clinician and specializes in Tourettic OCD. He has had a long career and has contributed significantly to research on these issues. 

Dr. Mansueto is founder and director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple University School of Medicine. He has over 35 years of experience in the application of behavior therapy to a broad range of clinical problems. Dr. Mansueto has written extensively and presented nationally and internationally on OCD and related disorders. He currently serves as a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and Chair of OCD Mid-Atlantic, an IOCDF affiliate. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Washington. He retired as a tenured Professor of Psychology after 36 years in the University of Maryland System.

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