In collaboration with the entire community, we advocate for a life of quality and dignity, one without discrimination, for all those persons affected by this illness
— NAMI Orange County

No one wants to experience a crisis, but they do happen. Fortunately, there are people and organizations willing and able to help. Use these resources if you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency.

It’s important to identify the correct options and seek help quickly in a crisis situation.

What to do in an emergency?

Call 911 or go to nearest hospital.

Text to 911 in Orange County, CA

Citizens and visitors in Orange County can now send a text message to 911 during an emergency or life-threatening situation. When seconds matter, a voice call to 911 is the best and fastest way for the 911 call taker to retrieve and deliver life-saving information.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 Available 24 hours.


One in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to a person's directly experiencing a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.

Half of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24. The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition. Early engagement and support are crucial to improving outcomes and increasing the promise of recovery.


Here are some informative documents (pdf) that answer many questions regarding dealing with a psychiatric emergency:

• Suicide Prevention Resources 

• What is a Conservatorship?

• My Family member has been arrested