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The San Diego Access and Crisis Line (ACL) has been serving the people of San Diego County since 1997. It receives thousands of...


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Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Redwood Community Crisis Services is the sole provider of emergency crisis response in...


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NAMI Santa Clara Warmline provides free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We support everyone in California,...


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Battling to cope with your diagnosis and symptoms? Reach out to a helpline for free support in California, United States

A chronic, life-altering, or life-threatening diagnosis can come as a shock. The effects of physical illness may make it hard to maintain a positive mental, emotional and spiritual outlook. There are counselors and volunteers at 7 helplines in California, United States who you can confide in when you feel:

  • That life isn’t worth living, given the limitations and pain associated with your medical condition.
  • Depression about the life you've lost, things you cannot do, and places you cannot go.
  • Isolated from those who don’t comprehend your discomfort or the seriousness of your condition.
  • Afraid about the uncertainty of life and the pain you may feel from your symptoms.
  • Fear of future physical discomfort, pain, changes to your routine, and possibly death.
  • Anxiety, tension, fear, sadness and helplessness about your condition and what the future holds.
  • Anger and disbelief about your diagnosis, and constantly asking yourself, “why me?”
  • Stress about the financial burden that your illness will put on your family.

Depending on your illness, personality, age, lifestyle and home support system, there are a range of difficult emotions you may be feeling. Illness can be life-changing, and it is always unexpected.

Physical illness can bring emotional challenges that are hard to face without proper support. In California, United States, you can contact a helpline to speak with a counselor or volunteer who cares and understands how physical illness can impact on mental health. Asking for help does not mean that you're weak – it simply shows that you are human.


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