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Need Support?

Call the Warm Line by phone

...or chat with us via IM.

415-421-1880

Expanded hours starting October 1st!

Sundays, 1pm - 5pm
Mondays, 1pm - 9pm
Tuesdays, 1pm - 5pm

Thursdays, 1pm - 9pm

The Warm Line proudly serves all nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

We're in the process of growing our Volunteer program and expanding our hours, so check back regularly for updates. (During off-hours, you can always leave us a voice message to receive a call back when we're open!)

What is the Warm Line?

The Peer-Run Warm Line is a non-emergency resource for anyone seeking emotional support and information about mental health resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. Volunteer Peer Counselors are available via phone and live chat and offer accessible, nonjudgmental support while using their personal lived experience of mental health challenges to bring empathy and understanding to the conversation.

Whatever life brings you - anxiety, money concerns, depression, interpersonal conflicts, grief or loss, hearing voices, loneliness, discrimination, substance use problems, or just needing someone to talk to - we're here for you now because we've been there before.

Why a "Warm Line" and not a "hotline"?

Think of a pot that's been left unattended and has started to boil over. Things are burning and smoke is filling the room, and we have to act now to prevent the damage from getting worse. Distress left for too long can be like that pot--suddenly boiling over into a crisis.

But it takes time and a lot of heat to get to that boiling point. What if we'd done something sooner, while things were warming up but not yet dangerously hot?

The Warm Line aims to be a highly accessible, low-threshold mental health resource that people can use to seek support before they've reached the crisis point, in the hope that support now will prevent crisis later.

We also call ourselves the Warm Line because we aim to bring the warmth of authentic human connection to every conversation. Because our counselors are all peers, with their own lived experiences of mental health challenges, we speak from a place of empathy, understanding, and hope for recovery.

Want to support our cause?

The Peer-Run Warm Line has been in operation since 2014, but now we need volunteers to help staff our call center and keep this vital Bay Area resource alive and thriving.

We're seeking volunteers with personal lived experience of mental health challenges and who can dedicate at least one 4-hour shift a week for 6 months in our call center. Volunteers receive extensive training to answer calls and instant messages, provide information on local resources, share their lived experience, and offer a warm, nonjudgmental, responsive human connection to people with a variety of needs and from all walks of life across Northern California.

If you love connecting with people and are passionate about peer-to-peer mental health, check out our Warm Line Volunteer page to learn more and fill out our online application form!

Call your local representatives.

Another way to support the Warm Line's efforts to secure continued program funding is to call your local representatives.

Below, we have phone numbers you can call and some sample scripts to voice your support.

**San Francisco Residents may contact Senator Scott Wiener as well as Assembly members David Chiu (415-557-3013) and Phil Ting (415-557-2312) to encourage them to support the Warm Line.

**San Francisco
County

Senator Scott Wiener

415-557-1300

Sample Script

Sacramento
County

Behavioral Health Director Uma Zygofsky

916-875-9904

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Alameda
County

Behavioral Health Director Carol Burton

510-567-8100

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Butte
County

Behavioral Health Director Dorian Kittrell

530-891-2850

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Sonoma
County

Behavioral Health Director Mike Kennedy

707-565-5157

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San Mateo
County

Behavioral Health Director David Young

650-537-3609

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Los Angeles
County

Behavioral Health Director Jonathan Sherin

213-738-4851

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San Diego
County

Behavioral Health Director Alfredo Aguirre

619-563-2765

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San Joaquin
County

Behavioral Health Director Anthony Vartan

209-468-2082

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Santa Clara
County

Behavioral Health Director Toni Tullys

408-885-5783

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Contra Costa
County

Behavioral Health Director Cynthia Belon

925-957-520

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Marin County

Behavioral Health Director Jei Africa

415-473-4296

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Testimonials Warm Line callers have offered to share

colin
mark
suzanne
clarissa
sanmateo caller

Mark, Santa Clara County Caller

"I work for CPS Child Protective Services, and you guys have been an absolute Godsend, an absolute Godsend to help me process some of the things that I am walking into when I'm investigating child abuse so when I get a referral or something that strikes a nerve or a chord, I can call you guys… I can't thank you guys enough for being supportive of me. God, I wish I could call you every day or as often as needed - you’re that invaluable to me and the community… I have given your number out as well. So you guys. God bless you all and I really, really, really hope you get your funding restored. "

Colin, Alameda County Caller

"I'm not always suicidal, sometimes I just need to talk and so I don't necessarily want to call the crisis line, the suicide prevention line, and also the people there are not peers and I don't feel as comfortable. I feel more comfortable talking to people on the warm line because they've been through what I've been through so I don't feel so much that like the other person is trying to be above me, or can't share anything about themselves like on the crisis lines. On the Warm Line, I feel like more equal, and I appreciate that. I want to have an equal conversation with somebody… that makes me feel more comfortable and the Warm Line is extremely helpful and extremely important, and I think critical to people's well-being in the Bay Area. So I pray to God there is some way that this thing can continue to be funded. The people that work the Warm Line are great people."

Clarissa, Southern California Caller

"I have always since the middle of college found the San Francisco Peer Run Warm Line to be a
particularly good resource for me. My experience up until that point quite frankly, was that I would call into crisis lines or warm lines, and in particular despair and usually walking away from the call I would feel often more misunderstood. That was my perception of these kinds of Crisis lines. What completely flipped my experience is San Francisco Warm Line. I always have felt incredibly grateful, and wish that I could give financially, too. I’m not in a position to do so at this moment, so this is my small way of lending my support. I really hope that you can extend services back to the entirety of California at least again and what they do is amazing."

 

Suzanne, California Caller

"I’m actually a licensed psychologist in California, and I generally do well and I have a lot of resources to help myself but there's times when life’s pressures are very hard and I can reach out to the Warm Line, and I have found the support crucial to my mental health and my ability to offer support to other people who are going through suffering mentally. So, I hope you'll fund this program. It's crucial for these times and will save so much money ultimately in the ER rooms and down the line. Thank you to all the people who work at the warm line."

San Mateo County Caller

"Hi, I've been calling the Warm Line for at least 6 months, if not longer, and all your counselors have voices like angels and are so intelligent and wonderful listeners, and they could always summarize the stress that I'm going through, and it enables me to keep working to support myself… Truthfully they have helped me more than some psychotherapists. So I hope that you'll continue to fund this service. Thank you."

Leave us a testimonial.

If you want to provide your voice to our efforts to secure continued funding for the Warm Line program, call and leave us a voicemail expressing your experience with the Warm Line and how it has made a difference in your life. Please remember to use only your first name or an alias and the city you are from. Example: “Hi, This is John from San Francisco. I’d like to voice my support in the efforts to fund the Warm Line. It changed my life…” You can also send us a video or message expressing your support via email.

415-723-0925

fundthewarmline@mentalhealthsf.org

Statistics

July 2014 - August 2018

total calls in California

San Francisco
County

DPH - Behavioral Health Services

415-255-3433

Sacramento
County

HHS - Behavioral Health Services

916-875-1055

Alameda
County

Alameda Behavioral Health Care Services

800-491-9099

Butte
County

Behavioral Health
Services

800-334-6622

Sonoma
County

DHS - Behavioral Health Division

800-870-8786

San Mateo
County

Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

800-686-0101

Los Angeles
County

LA Dept. of Mental Health

800-854-7771

San Diego
County

HHSA - A/OA Mental Health Services

888-724-7240

San Joaquin
County

San Joaquin County - Behavioral Health Services

888-468-9370

Santa Clara
County

Santa Clara County - Behavioral Health Services

800-704-0900

Contra Costa
County

Contract Costa County - Mental Health Services

866-678-7277

Marin
County

Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

415-473-6769

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