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Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
415-567-2020 Ext 218
Contact: Most Reverend Salvator J. Cordileon, Archbishop of San Francisco
Place of worship for grief, connection, and prayer. 

Center for Attitudinal Healing
33 Buchanan Drive
Sausalito, CA 94965
Support offered for people faced with a life-threatening illness and grief. Many ongoing support groups offered. Please call for specific group information and times.

Contra Costa Crisis Center
Walnut Creek. Offers individual counseling by trained volunteers in clients' homes or at Walnut Creek office. Also provides grief support program for adults, children and teens.

Heartland Hospice
3700 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 103
Santa Rosa, 95403

Hospice by the Bay
Located near San Francisco's Civic Center, Hospice by the Bay offers a wide variety of grief counseling for individuals, family, and children and teens.

Institute on Aging
Grief Group: Eight weekly sessions exploring traumatic loss, including but not limited to loss by suicide, homicide, accident, and/or physical illness. This is a closed group for adults of any age with a structured format for each session.

This is a free drop-in grief group. No commitment - no cost. This is a gentle supportive group that focuses on providing participants with a safe space to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. You can just come by - no need to make a reservation. The group meets every Saturday from 10:30 - noon at the Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd, San Francisco.
Contact: Mr. Jacob Brown

Jewish Family and Children’s Services Bereavement
Jewish Family and Children's Services offer grief and bereavement counseling for individuals and groups.

Josie’s Place for Bereaved Youth and Families
Offers open-ended, peer-to-peer grief support groups to children, youth, and their families. Free of charge, all ages (focusing on children/youth and adults with children)

Kara Grief Support
Kara Grief supports children and teens, families, adults, schools, organizations, caregivers, and first responders on their grief needs. 

They offer professional education and training for UCSF staff, community/patient education and training, and various workshops.  Advance Directive workshops are a free two-part online workshop with various dates within the upcoming months.

Marin Grief Counseling
24-hour telephone crisis support, face to face grief counseling for Marin residents.

North Bay Healthcare
Seminars and support groups are for people of all ages and free of charge to anyone in Solano County who seeks it. No prior association with NorthBay Hospice program is required.

Based in Oakland, Pathways offers a grief support group and individual counseling.

Sutter Health Bereavement & Grief Support – San Mateo
Sutter Care at Home Bereavement Program offers individual and group support to those coping with the death of a loved one. Support groups, education on grief topics and general grief counseling are available for Community Benefits. 
Contact: Yona Park, Bereavement Counselor/Support Program Coordinator ([email protected])

Sutter Health Bereavement and Grief Support – Santa Rosa
Sutter Health Santa Rosa bereavement and grief support programs are open to the public and provide support for adults, young adults and children who have experienced a loss.

The Crisis Support Services Agency
Offers multiple groups:

Grief Support Group: People over 18, for general loss (non-specific)

Loss Due to Suicide Group:  designed to aid those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Homicide Survivors: This group provides support, coping strategies and a safe outlet for those who have lost a loved one to homicide.

The Living /Dying Project
Non-denominational spiritual support for those faced with a life-threatening illness and their families. ‘The Next Step Program’ is a four-week, introductory program for persons who are newly diagnosed with a life -threatening illness. Clients will learn skills to cope with stress and begin the journey of spiritual healing. The ‘Open Circle Program’ provides one to one support for a person with a life-threatening illness. Support is also available to our client’s caregivers.

Washington Hospital Grief Support Group
Located in Fremont, for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. 

Zen Caregiving Project
(415) 913-7682
Zen Caregiving Project is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California with over 30 years of experience in practicing and teaching mindfulness-based, compassionate caregiving. We offer courses, workshops, and training for professional, family, clinical, and volunteer caregivers. Through our work, we provide a context for public discussion of caregiving, loss, and death.

The International End Of Life Doula Association (INELDA)
INELDA is a non profit located in New Jersey that is dedicated to bringing deeper meaning, understanding and most of all comfort to those that are in end stage of life and their loved ones.

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Get Help with your basic needs for crisis relief, housing, food, medications, safety and more.

Crisis Relief and Mental Health: People to help during crisis and distress.
If you are suicidal, please call 911. People are ready and waiting to help.

National Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990. Call or Text. 

The Institute on Aging Friendship Line:  1-800-971-0016. If you need a friendly voice or support, The Institute on Aging Friendship Line is available 24/7 year-round in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.

The Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990. A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster including COVID-19.

Managing your anxiety & managing your time: by the National Mental Health Services Administration. For additional coping strategies:

Managing your stress in this anxious time

Quick stress relief guide: using your senses to feel better

Guided imagery for destressing and self-care, audio and video

Enhancing wellness during coronavirus

Online Programs to support your mental health

San Francisco Benefits and Resources Hub1-415-355-6700 by the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS). The DAS Hub can also connect you to In Home Supportive Services, Adult Protective Services, case management, and home-delivered meals, as well as the emergency volunteer services that DAS has put together for people who are COVID positive or must shelter in place and don’t have a support system.

Hearing and Speech Center for Northern California:
San Francisco Office: 415-921-7658
We provide life long professional services to support all people with hearing or communication challenges in achieving their goals. 

Self-Help for the Elderly:
San Francisco: 415-677-7600.
Provides assistance and support to seniors in the San Francisco area.

Resources from UCSF Primary Care Services

Central City Older Adult
No website available. Central City Older Adult Clinic provides mental health services to clients 60 years of ageor older who reside in the Civid Center, SoMa, and the Tenderloin areas of the City. Services include medication management, crisis intervention, dual diagnosis treatment, consultation, and case management services. 

Center for Somatic Psychotherapy California Institute of Integral Studies Counseling Center
Specializes in body-oriented, psychodynamic, and developmental approaches. Therapists work with a variety of life’s challenges including: Relationship issues, psychosomatic issues, life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, trauma and abuse, and personal growth. Long term and brief counseling and psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, children, individuals, couples, families. Counseling and psychotherapy in partnership organizations, mental health consultations. Fees are structured on a sliding scale based on income or resources.

Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Services
No website available.
Languages: Vietnamese, Laotian, Chinese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Hakka, Toishanese, Cambodian, Italian
Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Services offers an array of outpatient mental health services. Individual therapy, socialization program, acupuncture, medi-cal only. Drop in will see a person right away (officer of the day) Call to arrange appointment within one week.

City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency
Offers a variety of mental health services
Takes Medi-Cal

Curry Senior Center
Trained in geriatric behavioral health, our counselors foster dignity and respect for seniors in the home-like atmosphere of our Center. Referral to and coordination with mental health services for seniors dealing psychosocial challenges such as: aging, grief and loss, depression, substance abuse.
Substance abuse program offers counseling and referral for seniors 55 and above. They must be receiving Primary Care Services to be referred to these programs.

Felton Institute
(Formerly known as Family Service Agency)
Languages: Chinese, Russian
Providing citywide services and workforce opportunities to help older adults remain in the community and age with dignity, security, and a high quality of life. 

Institute on Aging (IOA)                    
415-750-4111 (Contact: Jenny Yen, Psychotherapist)
3575 Geary Blvd
PhD level interns $60/ session. Home visiting psychologists: Private pay only. Therapy at home or in office. Depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief, pain management. Varies during academic year. Usually no waiting list. Services provided by supervised Graduate student interns.

Jewish Home for Aged Acute Psychiatry Inpatient
A 12-bed licensed acute geriatric psychiatry hospital services older individuals 55+ who required assistance for acute psychiatric needs. 
Medicare, private insurance or self-pay. Call to find out which insurances are accepted.

Langley Porter Inpatient Psychiatry Hospital and Clinics
Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital consists of an adult inpatient unit, an adult partial hospitalization, and adult intensive outpatient program and adult outpatient services. Availability is dependent on beds. 

Progress Foundation 
415-861-0828 x138
Must be able to walk up 30 stairs. Axis l Diagnosis Mental Illness required. 
Referrals to Napa and Sonoma Programs: 707-255-9028
Helps to reduce drug related overdoses in our communities
Outreach Coordinator, Justin Taylor: 702-930-3952

Free Rehab Centers

Call Toll Free 1-866-972-0589 to speak with a drug or alcohol counselor

Richmond Area Multi-Service (RAMS)
RAMS, Inc is a private, non-profit mental health agency that is committed to advocating for and providing community-based, culturally competent, and consumer-guided comprehensive services, with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific-Islander Americans. 

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Inpatient
415-353-6230 (Inpatient Unit)
888-588-9998 (Toll free)
Local hospital in San Francisco that accepts public insurance and private pay. 

San Francisco General Hospital SFGH /Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) Inpatient
Dedicated to providing culturally competent services to the diverse population they serve: uninsured, med-cal, Medicare. PES evaluates patients and transfers to other hospitals as needed.

SF Department of Public Health
Community Behavioral Health Services for San Francisco residents with Medi-Cal (including covered California Medi-Cal)

Southeast Mission Geriatric Services
Languages: Spanish
Individuals over the age of 60 who have several mental disorders and those who are dually diagnosed who reside primarily but not exclusively in the Southeast area of San Francisco.

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