get help

Only a mental health professional can diagnose someone with a mental illness. If you or someone you know is going through difficulties with mental health, it’s important to speak up. Talk to a trusted friend, family member or professional. This is the first step to recovery.

If you are feeling suicidal or if you are concerned about someone, there is help available right now. A trained counselor is ready to talk and provide help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or for Español call (888) 628-9454. This a free 24-hour hotline that has TTY capability via one of its national call centers, which can be accessed by calling (800) 799-4TTY (4889).

For assessment and evaluation for someone experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency, including threats to harm self or others, please contact the Centralized Assessment Team (CAT) toll free at (866) 830-6011 or locally at (714) 517-6353. Bilingual (Español and Vietnamese) staff are also available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you or a loved one has mental health concerns and would like to speak to someone, call the NAMI OC Warmline at (714) 991-6412.

Find your closest treatment location

OC Links number: 855-625-4657
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK

warning signs of mental illness

  • Confused thinking
  • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits                                    
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Denial of obvious problems
  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance abuse

The situation is an emergency and immediate action is needed if any of these signs are present:

  • In the act of hurting or killing him or herself, has a weapon or other lethal means
  • Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself
  • Looking for ways to hurt or kill him or herself, talking about a plan to do so
  • Talking about death or suicide and is acting anxious or agitated
  • Talking about death or suicide and is intoxicated or “high” on drugs

If you answer YES to ANY of the above:

  • Call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Don’t leave the person alone
  • Remove all lethal means (weapons, medications, etc.) from the vicinity
  • Take the person to a nearby Emergency Room or walk-in psychiatric crisis clinic
  • Do not put yourself in danger; if you are concerned about your own safety, call 9-1-1

If you answer NO to ALL of the above:

Don’t be afraid to reach out to the person you care about and create a safe space for them to talk about what they’re going through. Need help figuring out what to say? Visit the Suicide Is Preventable website.


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