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.
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
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
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)
The links below include helpful resources, blogs and books that I have found to be helpful (I receive no compensation for providing these links).
Information about access to emergency and other services provided by the county
Hotlines and other resources for teens in crisis
(To use, TEXT "START" to 741-741)
International Association for Suicide Prevention
Listing of women's shelters in the Los Angeles area
A non-profit, human rights agency dedicated to exactly what their name says
Resources and information about birth control, sex education, STDs, testing, and affordable healthcare services for men, women and young people nationwide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 fantastic post on the Single Dad Laughing blog (see above) about making changes in your life (my favorite post!)