Crisis Support

If you currently feel unsafe or need immediate assistance, use these resources 24/7:

  • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County: Call 1-800-309-2131 for live 24/7 crisis counseling. More info:
  • 2-1-1 Bay Area: Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in the Bay Area for up-to-the-minute referrals for help with food, shelter, medical/mental health care, finances, and legal issues.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, or in Spanish at 1-888-628-9454. This is a 24-hour crisis hotline for anyone in the country.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “Home” to 741741. Chat through text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
  • For all life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1


Services We Offer

We provide FREE, confidential Personal Counseling for Merritt students needing assistance with:

  • Stress management
  • Anxiety, depression, grief, and other emotional challenges
  • Recovery from trauma, relationship violence, and abuse
  • Addiction counseling and sobriety support
  • Referrals for help with material needs like shelter, food, and safety
  • Assessments for disability accommodations and services

During the COVID-19 shutdown, Personal Counseling is offered via Zoom on your computer or by phone. To request an appointment, email and include the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your Peralta Student ID number
  • Your preferred meeting days/times (meetings are about an hour)
  • 1-2 sentences about why you are seeking counseling at this time

Please keep in mind that communications via email over the internet are not secure. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that the information you include in an email can be intercepted and read by other parties. If you prefer not to email, you may request a mental health appointment by voicemail at (510) 436-2468.

You will receive a response within 24 hours, Monday – Friday.

We look forward to meeting you!