Helpline and Emergency Services

For a psychiatric emergency, you can do the following

  1. Call 911
  2. Go to the nearest hospital emergency room for an evaluation
  3. Call a Crisis Hotline
  4. You are in crisis, and need immediate support or intervention, call, or go the website of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. If the situation is potentially life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.

Crisis Helpline Numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (800) 273-8255

National Drug and Alcohol Abuse Hotline: (800) 662-HELP

Orange County Crisis Hotline: (714) 639-4673

Orange County Mental Health Hotline: (714) 834-6900

Warmline through NAMI: (877) 910-WARM or (877) 910-9276 8am – 12pm

NAMI is the National Alliance of Mental Illness

Local hospitals that provide urgent psychiatric care are:

  • UCI Medical Neuropsychiatric Center: 101 The City Drive, Orange (714) 456-5801
  • Mission Hospital Laguna: 31872 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach (949) 499-7501
  • Joseph’s Hospital: 1100 West Stewart Drive, Orange (714) 771-8134
  • College Hospital: 301 Victoria St, Costa Mesa (949) 642-2734
  • Choc Hospital (Children’s Hospital of Orange County: W La Veta Ave, Orange, (714) 509-9095

Low Cost Mental Health Services:

The Orange County Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has access to low and no-cost resources for patients and families: http://www.namioc.org