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 Hotline: (310) 391-1253

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

Veterans Suicide Hotline: (800) 273-8255

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)

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 (www.youthcrisisline.org)

Human Services Hotline: dial 211 (www.211la.org)

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


ONLINE RESOURCES

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

 

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)

 

IASP

International Association for Suicide Prevention

 

womenshelters.org

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

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 yoga2la.com), 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 Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com, where the paperback is usually less than $10.

 

YOGA2LA.COM

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 Pilates Instructor.

 

DISCOVER LOS ANGELES

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

 

SINGLE DAD LAUGHING

One of the best blogs on the internet, in my humble opinion. Good, thought-provoking reads, 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 FRIEND NO LONGER WORTH KNOWING"

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