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Safe Alternatives for Treating Youth (SAFTY) Santa Barbara provides free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We...


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StarVista Crisis Center's 24/7 crisis hotline provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention, nonjudgmental support, and...


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ASK Teen Line is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help youth in California,...


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Placer County Koinonia Family Services Hotline offers 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We exist...


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Suicide Prevention of Yolo County is dedicated to providing 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We...


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Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support by phone. We...


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Marin County Buckelew Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline provides 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone....


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Behavioral Health Crisis Lines is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone. We exist...


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The San Diego Access and Crisis Line (ACL) is operated by Optum and has offered San Diego County residents free,...


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SLO Hotline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We support everyone in...


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California Youth Crisis Line provides 24/7, free and confidential support by phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We...


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Crisis Support Service of Alameda County offers 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support by phone and text message...


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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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Bill Wilson Center General Family Crisis Line provides 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We help...


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Siskiyou County Crisis Service is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support by phone. We support everyone in...


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Riverside County Helpline provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone. We help everyone in...


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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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El Dorado County Behavioral Health Division (South Lake Tahoe) offers 24/7, free and confidential support by phone. We help...


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Community Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We are here to help everyone in California,...


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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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Community Action Marin Warmline offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We exist to help everyone in...


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New Hope Crisis Counseling Hotline offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We support everyone, people...


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Struggling with self-harm? Get help from a hotline in California, United States

Self-harm is when you purposely hurt yourself as a way to cope with difficult emotions. Self-harm may bring you relief from intense emotional pain, but the relief is often short-lived. If you struggle with the following, there are 37 helplines available in California, United States that can offer you support:

  • Feeling like normal ways of coping don't work for you – the pain is a last resort
  • Craving physical pain as a distraction from overwhelming emotions
  • Feeling reckless, not caring whether you get hurt
  • Feeling like you need to hide injuries from those who care about you
  • Feeling like you deserve the pain
  • Taking part in high-risk activities, disregarding safety
  • Not wanting to die, but still feeling like you need the pain
  • Imagining hurting yourself

"Self-harm is more common than you may think, but it's not talked about much. It’s normal to look for ways to manage intense emotional pain. When you’re under extreme emotional pressure, self-harm can seem like the only way to relieve it. "

If you tend to hold things inside, talking to someone about your feelings can feel scary. However, trained helpline counselors and volunteers can help put you at ease. You can call a supporter in California, United States when you have the urge to self-harm and they can talk you through your emotions.

If you think you might need support with self harm today, consider contacting a helpline in California, United States for free, confidential help.


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