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Mental Health Resources

Are You Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis?

HELP IS AVAILABLE!  Call 988 - the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

For assistance in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454

If you prefer to chat online, go to

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital Emergency Room.

Mental Health Resources

  • Merritt College Mental Health Services - Free counseling available to all Merritt College students. Walk-in Clinic in Room R-106. Additionally, appointments are available for virtual or in-person counseling.
  • The California Youth Crisis Line - The California Crisis Line (1-800-843-5200) is a toll-free, 24-hour, confidential hotline available to young people, between the ages of 12 and 24, and concerned friends and family members. The Crisis Line provides crisis intervention counseling on many issues, including homelessness, bullying, suicide, sexual assault/rape, LGBTQ +, commercial sexual exploitation, family and intimate partner violence, child abuse, self-harm, and more.
  • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County - 24/7 Crisis Line (1-800-309-2131) for anyone struggling with difficult life circumstances or uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. Translation is available in more than 140 languages.
  • Crisis Text Line - Text the word HOME to 741741.


Helpful Links

Emotional Well-being During COVID-19: Infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, as well as other public health events, can cause emotional distress and anxiety. Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak, especially in the face of a virus with which the general public may be unfamiliar. These feelings of distress and anxiety can occur even if you are not at high risk of getting sick. This website provides coping tips and helpful resources to support yourself in these stressful times.

National Institute of Mental Health: The NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders, offers basic information on mental disorders, and the latest mental health research including statistics on the prevalence and treatment of mental illnesses among the U.S. population.

Emotional Wellness Toolkit (developed by the National Institute of Health) provides information on emotion regulation, stress reduction and mindfulness.