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Depressive symptoms are very common. Getting help can jumpstart you on the road to feeling better. Below you will find resources and referral information for those experiencing symptoms of depression. In addition to reviewing these materials, you should talk to your doctor about whether you might be a good candidate for counseling (also sometimes called psychotherapy) and/or a medication evaluation.

Counseling Services

  • To access individual or family counseling using your health insurance benefits, call the “mental health benefits” number on your insurance card for referral to providers who accept your insurance. You can also access the website for your behavioral health insurance carrier to search for providers in your area and with the specialties you require.
  • If you are covered by Medi-Cal and you live in Sacramento County, contact the Mental Health Access Team at (916) 875-1055 to access counseling or psychiatry services. The after-hours number is (888) 881-4881.
  • Visit Sacramento County Mental Health Services

Waiting it Out…Coping While Your Medication Starts to Work

  • This is a Mercy Medical Group publication containing tips and advice for patients who have recently started medication for a mental health condition and are waiting to experience therapeutic effects.
  • View a copy of this publication

211 Sacramento Mental Health Resources

  • This website offers local resources and support groups for those facing depression, as well as local resources for help with coping with the loss of a loved one.
  • Visit 211 Sacramento Mental Health
  • (800) 500-4931

TLCS Mental Health Crisis Respite Center

Depression Central

  • Privately sponsored site offers resources and support to those facing various mental health conditions.
  • Visit PsychCentral 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Recovery International

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Institute of Mental Health

  • This government-sponsored website aims to “transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.” Good source of information about depression and other mental health problems, research developments, clinical trials and treatment information. Specialized pages on older adults, Alzheimer’s Disease, men and depression, etc.
  • Visit National Institute of Mental Health

Sacramento Area Free Support Groups

Bereavement Resource Directory