Youth and Young Adults
Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.
If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals; the call is free and confidential. If you need to be connected to mental health services in Riverside County, call the CARES Line at (800) 499-3008. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. You may also call or walk into a Riverside County 24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care location. Whether you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, all services are voluntary. Counseling and nursing, as well as, psychiatric medications are available. All locations are open 24/7 and everyone is welcome regardless of insurance type or ability to pay.
- What a Difference A Friend Can Make
This is a resource for young people living with mental health challenges and their friends. The resource defines mental illness and recovery; offers strategies for how to respond to a friend; dispels myths; and lists suggestions for supporting recovery.
- The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth and young adults, ages 13–24, over the phone, online and via text.
- Trevor Lifeline (24/7): (866) 488-7386
- TrevorText: Text the word “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200 to text with a trained counselor on Fridays from 1–5 p.m.
- TrevorChat: Confidential chat service with a trained volunteer counselor available 7 days a week, from 12 noon –6 p.m.
- Friday Night Live
Phone: (951) 782-2419
Friday Night Live is a youth oriented program catered to young people in the Riverside area. This organization provides activities and entertainment that promote an anti-drug, anti-drinking message to youth in the community.
3525 Presley Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
- Half of Us
This website offers resources for college students to recognize problems, where to find help and how to offer help to a friend. A large number of viral videos share experiences, model how to recognize if a friend is having problems and how to offer help.
This website provides health information with different sections for kids, teens and parents. The TeensHealth section is an interactive site filled with games, animations, quizzes, fact sheets and many other resources. Topics include exercise and nutrition, depression, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, recipes, preparing for college, volunteering, finding a job and even tips for taking tests and studying.
- California CareerZone
This website offers great graphics, cool music and really useful information youth can’t seem to find anywhere else. For example: By taking the “Reality Check,” youth get to see how much they will need to earn to live their preferred lifestyle by “buying stuff for a month.” They get to make choices about the kind of housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothes, health care, entertainment, personal care items, etc. that they want to have. After making their choices, they find out how much they’ll need to make a year. Then with one click, they can find out what occupations match that annual salary. Additional features help youth hone in how they can get paid doing things they enjoy doing and the kinds of working conditions they want.
- Youth Helpline Your Life Your Voice
Phone: (800) 448-3000
Run by Boys Town National Hotline (for everyone).
- TEEN LINE
Phone: (800) 852-8336
A teen-to-teen hotline and community outreach program with over 10,000 teens contacting TEEN LINE each year by calling, texting or emailing. The line is open every night from 6-10 p.m. PST to help adolescents address their problems in a confidential, anonymous and comfortable manner.
- The Directing Change Program & Film Contest
Offers young people the opportunity to create 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics.
- What’s Up Safehouse is a 24/7, free, anonymous mental health crisis texting line. Get immediate support from a licensed mental health professional. Dedicated to helping support the residents of Riverside County through issues surrounding anxiety, substance abuse, depression, school pressure, peer pressure, LGBTQ struggles, relational issues, suicidal thoughts, bullying, and any other issue that is causing trouble.
- Text SHHELP to 844.204.0880 24/7 for immediate support and resources.