Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a very real and serious problem. If you or someone you know is feeling or acting suicidal, please, get help immediately. We urge you to talk to someone about your feelings. Whether it be a close friend, family member, therapist, religious or spiritual advisor, an SSPC counselor, or a hotline counselor, help is out there.

To learn more about suicide, its misconceptions, warning signs, and how to get help, please visit University Health Services/Tang Center. 

Follow this link to learn how to help someone who is acting suicidal.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines & Websites

24/7 Hotlines

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255; 
For Spanish-speaking folks: 1-888-628-9454; For Deaf/Hard of Hearing folks: 1-800-799-4889 
Crisis Text Line: 741-741; 
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233; 

UC Berkeley Resources

UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):; 510-642-9494; @ Tang Center 3rd floor; Make an appointment or drop-in.
CAPS after hours support line: (855) 817-5667
CAPS groups: 
Social services: 
Referral database 
Student to Student Peer Counseling (SSPC):    
You can see our drop-in hours and appointment availability on the site.
Basic Needs Security:  
Hub of campus resources for housing, food, and financial security.

National and Community Resources

Berkeley Free Clinic Peer Counseling:   
Drop-in M-F 6:30-8:30pm. Can set up ongoing counseling. 
To Write Love on Her Arms:    
Finds help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts.
Focuses on education and advocacy for folks with mental illness and their loved ones, and has a helpline: 1-800-950-6264.
La Cheim: 
Mental health services and groups in Alameda County.
Offers diagnostic and therapeutic DBT services for people ages 3 to 80 in Oakland. Young adult group program offered.
Alta Bates Behavioral Health (on Dwight @Herrick Campus):    
Provides inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for a range of mental health issues.

99 Coping Skills:   
List of coping skills to try.
Dartmouth Relaxation Downloads: 
Audio files for guided meditation/mindfulness.
Grounding: Create Personal Calm:
Grounding worksheet.
Anxiety Canada:   
Panic disorder tools.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America:    Promotes prevention, treatment and support for anxiety, depression and related disorders.

Antidepressant Workbook 
Interactive workbook that offers a step-by-step self-care guide with antidepressant skills for teens managing depression or concerned family members, friends, or partners.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America:    
Promotes prevention, treatment and support for anxiety, depression and related disorders.
University Health Services: What is Clinical Depression?   
Provides information about the symptoms, causes of, and types of clinical depression.
Help Guide Bipolar Disorder: 
Resources addressing symptoms and treatment.
Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Alliance: 
Provides support, education, and resources to improve the lives of people with depression and bipolar disorder as well as support and resources for family, friends, and professionals.
International Bipolar Foundation: 
Learn more about bipolar disorder and get connected to free programs and services.
Stopping Stupid Thoughts: 
An activity for coping with and conquering negative thoughts

Tang Center ED Treatment Team:    
$25 flat fee to be seen. Can call UHS Clinic 3 at (510) 643-7110.
National Eating Disorder Association:    
Advocates for individuals affected by ED. Call 800- 931-2237 or chat online with a trained volunteer.
Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness:
Helps you find recovery options in a highly customized and individualized way.
Eating Disorders Anonymous: 
Offers online and live communities who support each other in their struggle to recover from eating disorders. 
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders: 
Supports and educates individuals struggling with eating disorders. 
Recovery Record: 
Supports recovery and tracks progress for people with eating disorders by providing self-monitoring, goals, coping tactics, meal planning, rewards and affirmations, and connection.

UCB PATH to Care Center:   
Provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Call (510) 642-1988.

UCB PATH to Care Resources During COVID-19:  
Resources adjusted to support survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Social Services Counseling: 
Provides individual counseling, group counseling, and consultation for those who have experienced sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, or other forms of violence.

ASUC Intimate Partner Violence Commission: 
ASUC sponsored organization dedicated to supporting survivors of intimate partner violence within the Cal community through advocacy, education, and outreach. 

Love Is Respect:  
Educates young adults to prevent/end abusive relationships by offering support and resources. Text LOVEIS to 22522.

Live Your Dream Movement: 
An organization that aims to provide women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Resources provided range from warning signs of domestic violence to how to rebuild your finances after an abusive relationship. 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 
Resource page with references to a wide variety of resources, including support for those working with victims and survivors of domestic violence. 

Resources/hotline for abuse or sexual violence survivors.

Resources for impacted youth:
Provides resources for teens involved in abusive relationships. 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call: 1-800-799-7233; TTY: 1-800-787-3224; Chat online:
24/7 hotline

Provides support for males who have been sexually abused

DIY Doula:    
Caring for one’s self before, during, and after an abortion.

Dougy Center:     
Provides support in a safe place where people grieving a death can share their experiences.

Wendt Center for Loss and Healing:    
Support for people who have experienced loss, life-threatening illnesses, violence, or other trauma.

Crisis Support Services:    
Low-fee grief counseling and support groups for people in Alameda County.

Carson’s Village: 
Supports individuals who suddenly lost a loved one with: making burial arrangements, a timeline of events, resource library, live support, a family web page, and more.

Rainbow Bridge: 
Grief support community with forums and memorials for those mourning the loss of a pet.

Provides support groups for suicide loss survivors, as well as resources about suicide and finding help for yourself or others.

What’s Your Grief?: 
Promotes grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways including brochures, webinars, a podcast, and booklets.

Calm Harm:    
App with timed DBT activities to help resist self-harm urges, with ability to log completed activities and track progress.

Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery    
Lists numerous distraction techniques and alternative coping skills for dealing with self-harm.

Help Guide on Cutting and Self-Harm: 
Provides information on cutting and self-harm, including identifying triggers, finding new coping techniques, and how to support a loved one who cuts or self-harms


Support Group Meetings Near or In Berkeley 2019:    
List of Alcoholics Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous meeting times and locations in Berkeley.

Young People In Recovery: 
A nonprofit organization offering free services to those seeking recovery from substance abuse. 

Rehab Spot:  
A free web guide offering information about addiction and recovery. 


Refuge Recovery:
A group support program for all types of addictions and using a Buddhist structure.

SMART Recovery:
A science-based 4 step program for all types of addictions. 

Alcoholics Anonymous:   
Recovery from alcohol addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

East Bay AA: 
East Bay chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous:    
Recovery from drug addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.

SAMHSA Treatment Locator:    
Provides a directory for locating Behavioral Health Treatment Services for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse.

Al-Anon Family Groups:
Group support for those who are worried about someone with a drinking problem.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:    
Provides resources for suicide prevention, grief support and education for individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts/feelings.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  
Toll-free 24/7 confidential suicide prevention and crisis hotline; call 1-800-273-8255.

University Health Services, Suicide Prevention:    
Provides safety self for self or others during moments of suicidal ideation.

Provides support groups for suicide loss survivors, as well as resources about suicide and finding help for yourself or others.

Gender Equity Resource Center:     
Campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all. Students, faculty, staff and alumni can connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality.

GLBT Near Me:    
Provides an online database for finding GLBT-friendly resources and support in your area.

Provides LGBTQ community and their loved ones with information, tools, resources, advocacy, education and support.

Trevor Project:    
Provides LGBTQ youth with resources and crisis intervention services.

Coming out Handbook: 
Helps readers explore their sexual identity and provides tools and questions to help determine what it might be like to share their identity with others.

Lambda Legal: 
Information about legal rights for LGBTQIA people and their families on a national and state-by-state basis.

National Center for Transgender Equality: 
Information and multi-level resources about transgender people and issues such as healthcare, homelessness, and civil rights.

National Queer & Trans Therapist of Color Network: 
A directory of Queer and Trans therapists of color, as well as a mental health fund for assisting Queer and Trans people of color pay for their treatment.

Point of Pride: 
Offers an annual transgender surgery fund, a free chest binder donation program, a free trans femme shapewear Program, an electrolysis financial support program, and other community-building support initiatives for trans teens and adults.

Trans Can Work: 
Provides job seeker resources to trans people looking for affirming employers.

Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health: 
Provides resources for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ individuals and loved ones (third party) within the American Indian/Alaska Native community. Includes information on finding a provider, community support, mental health care, and legal rights.

The Help Guide: Friendships: 
Making new friends, strengthening current friendships, and being more social.

Creates initiatives for small acts of kindness —for anyone, anywhere— to create a sense of purpose and community.

Made of Millions:    
Community forum that provides support and advocacy for people who suffer from various mental health issues.

Find and connect with local groups of people who share common interests.

Unlonely Project:  
Raises awareness of the loneliness epidemic and empowers people and communities to connect with each other through the arts.

The Wright Institute’s Bay Area Trauma Clinic:    
Charges $15 to $80 per session depending on income. Helps individuals suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and other forms of trauma.

Center for Support of Intervention:    
UCB, prevention and intervention for harm and violence on campus, Violence and Harm Prevention and Case Management.

Community-Specific Information and Services at UC Berkeley: 

Asian Community Mental Health: 

API Connect:    
Information for Asian American Pacific Islander communities on campus. Walk-in counseling Thursdays 4-6pm at the Cesar E. Chavez Student Center, Room 249 (APASD office).

Muslim Mental Health Initiative:   
Provide on campus drop-in consultation hours, workshops, and “Ummah Talks” support groups.

Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma:    
17 minute guided audio meditation using mindfulness, affirmation, and metta (loving- kindness).

The Well:    
Campus Black healing space every first Friday in the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center from 1-2:30pm.

Instituto Familiar de la Raza- La Clinica: 
Agency serving Latinx populations.

Undocumented Student Program Mental Health Services:    
All Tang mental health services are free for undocumented students, and are completely confidential with legal status never being included in your records.

Native American Health Center:    
Services for Bay Area Native population including individual/group therapy, talking circles, ceremonies, community events, cultural healers.

Richmond Area Multi-Services:    
Agency serving Asian and Pacific Islander populations.

Multilingual Counseling Center:    
Offer individual, couple, child, elderly, group therapy in English, Farsi, Dari, Italian, German and Spanish in Alameda Count