I am a gig worker without health insurance. Where do I go for free mental health services?
If you or someone you know is in crisis right now and needs immediate help, call 911.
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed with stress and/or you have thoughts to harm yourself or other people, call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Center Helpline at 800-854-7771, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, or text "LA" to 741741 to message a Crisis Text Line counselor.
There are several options for free or low cost mental health services in Los Angeles County.
- If you are a frontline health worker or first responder, COVID19CounselingCA.org offers free short-term psychological support. Sign up for this program on their website.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a hotline at (800) 950-6264 that operates Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can get information about mental illness and referrals, support groups and other resources.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a 24/7 mental health hotline you can reach at (800) 662-4357. SAMHSA also offers a Behavioral Health Treatment Locator.
- Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health have partnered to provide support and resources during this challenging time by offering access meditations, sleep and movement exercises. All free are through 2020.
NOTE: This is not a comprehensive and complete list. We will continue to update services here.