Mental Health Resources


National Mental Health Organizations:

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association (APA)

Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Psychology Today Therapists (Private Therapy Search)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA)

San Diego Mental Health Organizations:

Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy (CCHEA)

Health and Human Services Agency (HSSA)

Mental Health Systems (MHS)

San Diego Access and Crisis Line

  • Phone: (888) 724-7240 (Available 24/7)
  • Online Chat (Available Monday-Friday 4pm–10pm)

The Warm Line (non-crisis)

  • (619) 295-1055

Borderline Personality Disorder:



  • Friedel, R. Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified.
  • Gunderson, J. Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical Guide.
  • Gunderson, J., and Hoffman, D. Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: An Update for Professionals and Families.
  • Gunderson, J., and Kreger, R. Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Back Your Life When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Kreisman, J., and Straus, H. I Hate You — Don’t Leave Me!
  • Linehan, M. Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Paris, J. Borderline Personality Disorder: Psychiatric Clinics of North America.
  • Reiland, R. Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Spradlin, S. Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control.






  • Alderman, T. The Scarred Soul: Understanding and Ending Self-Inflicted Violence.
  • Connors, R., and Trautmann, K. Understanding Self-Injury: A Workbook for Adults.
  • Conterio, K., Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers.
  • Faulkner, A. Suicide and Self-harm.
  • Favazza, A.R. Bodies Under Siege: Self-Mutilation and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry.
  • Gardner, F. Self-Harm.
  • Holmes, A. Cutting the Pain Away.
  • Kettlewell, K. Skin Game.
  • Levenkron, S. Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation.
  • Levenkron, S. The Luckiest Girl in the World.
  • Miller, D. Women Who Hurt Themselves: A Book of Hope and Understanding.
  • Roberts, A. R., ed. Self-destructive Behavior.
  • Smith, G., Cox, D. and Saradjian, J., Women and Self-Harm.
  • Stoehr, S. Crosses.
  • Strong, M. A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain.
  • Sutton, J. Healing the Hurt Within: Understand and relieve the suffering behind self-destructive behaviour.
  • Walsh, B.W. and Rosen, P.M., Self-Mutilation: Theory, Research & Treatment.
  • Williams, M. Cry of Pain: Understanding Suicide and Self-Harm.

San Diego Crisis Houses:

  • Halcyon Crisis Center
    1664 Broadway El Cajon, CA 92021
    (619) 579-8685
  • Isis Center
    892 Twenty-seventh Street San Diego, CA 92154
    (619) 575-4687
  • Jary Barreto Crisis Center
    2865 Logan Avenue San Diego, CA 92113
    (619) 232-4357
  • New Vistas Crisis Center
    734 Tenth Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 239-4663
  • Turning Point Crisis Center
    1738 South Tremont Street Oceanside, CA 92054
    (760) 439-2800
  • Vista Balboa Center
    545 Laurel Street San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 233-4399