This page is a non-exhaustive list of hotlines, phone numbers for some local hospitals and facilities, websites, blogs and other resources which you may find helpful.

In an emergency, call 911.

Suicide Prevention

Los Angeles Area SUICIDE Hotline: (310) 391-1253

National Suicide Hotline (USA): (800) 273-8255 (800-273-TALK)

Veterans Suicide Hotline (USA): (800) 273-8255

TRANSGENDER Suicide Hotline (USA): (877) 565-8860

TRANSGENDER Suicide Hotline (CANADA): (877)330-6366

Crisis Text Line: Text "START" to 741-741 (link)

(Also see links below)


Psychiatric Emergency Hospitals

Northridge Hospital: (818) 885-5484
18300 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91325

Olive View Hospital: (818) 364-4343 or (818) 364-1555
14445 Olive View Dr, Sylmar, CA 91342


Other Hospitals

Encino Hospital Medical Center: (818) 995-5000
16237 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

West Hills Hospital: (818) 676-4000
7300 Medical Center Dr, West Hills, CA 91307

Mission Community Hospital: (800) 608-4624
14850 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402

Sherman Oaks Hospital: (866) 964-9221
4929 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA. 91403

Cedars Sinai Medical Center: (310) 423-3277 or (800) 233-2771
8700 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048


Other Services

L.A. Access: (800) 854-7771 (Mental Health Disaster Hotline)

NAMI Crisis Hotline: (800) 854-7771 (National Institute for Mental Health)

Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 540-4000

Elder Abuse Hotline: (800) 992-1660  (L.A. County)

Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 978-3600  (Southern California)

Teen Helpline: (800) 852-8336  (800-TLC-TEEN)

California Youth Crisis Line: (800) 843-5200 (

Human Services Hotline: dial 211 (

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Bureau of Victim Services: (800) 380-3811 ( (Assistance with: crisis intervention, emergency legal referrals, restraining orders, etc.)


The links below include helpful resources, blogs and books that I have found to be helpful (I receive no compensation for providing these). Clicking the title opens the link.


L.A. County Human Services Hotline

Information about access to emergency and other services provided by the county


California Youth Crisis Line

Hotlines and other resources for teens in crisis


Crisis Text Line Website

(To use, TEXT "START" to 741-741)



International Association for Suicide Prevention

Listing of women's shelters in the Los Angeles area


S.A.F.E. - Stop Abuse For Everyone

A non-profit, human rights agency dedicated to exactly what their name says


Planned Parenthood

Resources and information about birth control, sex education, STDs, testing, and affordable healthcare services for men, women and young people nationwide


Planned Parenthood - Teens page

Excellent resource for teens about dating, sex education, physical development, sexual health, LGBTQ questions, and healthy relationships



PLFAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is the nation's largest family and ally organization, dedicated to uniting LGBTQ people with families, friends, and allies. 350+ chapters nationwide, many of whom host great support groups.


Hyperbole and a Half: Depression Part Two

This is a very good look at what depression may be like for some people (no two people are the same, of course). If you know someone who suffers from depression and you wish to gain some understanding of what they may be going through, this description may shed some light on it for you. It is brilliantly done, and is illustrated in classic Hyperbole And a Half style. Again though, please remember that each person's experience of depression is unique.


The Four Agreements

I first encountered this amazing little book when Lisa Eurich (founder of, lent me her own copy several years ago. This small, immensely powerful book helps you tear down self-limiting beliefs and replace them with simple, logical truths which empower you to live a healthy, fulfilled life. This is one of the best books I have ever read (and I read a LOT). This is a link to the book's page on, where the paperback and Kindle editions are usually around $7.


Intuitive Eating

This book is very, very different. If you wish to understand and change your relationship with food, this book can help. It is not a diet or a health kick fad. Intuitive Eating is a new way of understanding why we eat the way we do. This is a link to the book's page on, where the paperback is usually less than $10.



Yoga and meditation can help with stress, anxiety, depression, and many other issues. Lisa Eurich, a Yogini with 20+ years experience, is a top-shelf expert in the field and has worked with corporate clients including Yahoo, GE Medical, and the Biggest Loser Resorts. Lisa offers private and semi-private instruction at your location, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and also a Certified Hypnotherapist, and she is very good.



This site is amazing. If you need to get out of the house, you can always find something interesting to do on this site.



Although Dan Pearce recently retired this blog, it is still one of the best blogs on the internet, in my humble opinion. I hope it remains online, even if merely static. It is filled with great, thought-provoking reads, and plenty of reflective comic relief mixed with a healthy dose of some pretty serious real-life stuff. Dan is a genius, and a mensch.



A fantastic post on the Single Dad Laughing blog (see above) about making changes in your life (my favorite post!)


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Thanks! -Matt