Mental Health

Alachua County Crisis Center

  • Offers 24 hr/day phone crisis and suicide intervention counseling to all residents of Alachua County
    • Phone: 352-264-6789
  • Offers appointment and walk-in counseling services during day time hours
    • 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
    • Short term counseling service allows continued contact for individuals in crisis and attempts to offer prevention of further emotional distress to individuals, couples and families using this service
    • These services are staffed by graduate level practicum and intern students, adjunct (unpaid) counselors who are often post master’s level individuals seeking experience toward licensure in a mental health area and the clinical staff of the center
    • To make an appointment, call the Crisis Line (264-6789) or Business Line (264-6785) anytime
  • Survivors of Suicide Support Group
    • Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. at the Alachua County Crisis Center
    • Services are delivered by professional staff, volunteers and a number of survivors.
    • All persons who have been touched by suicide are invited to attend support group meetings as little or as often as they wish
    • If you are interested in joining the group or for further information, please call Janet Greene, Training Coordinator, at 352-264-6782.


218 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641
Phone: 352-264-6789
TDD/TTY: 352-955-2449

Catholic Charities

  • Caring Choices Pregnancy Counseling Services offer support and advocacy for women experiencing an unintended pregnancy.
  • Adoption services offer assistance to all parties in the adoption process.

Address: 1701 NE 9th St A, Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: 352-372-0294

CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services

Most of the programs offered by CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services are for youth – children and teens and their families. The CDS mission is “Strengthening Communities by Building Strong Families” which means helping kids and their parents develop the skills they need to succeed in life.

  • Provides 24/7 phone counseling service
    • Youth Shelters – 24 Hour, Toll Free Hotline — 800-854-5377
    • Interface Central, Gainesville — 352-244-0618
    • Interface East, Palatka — 386-385-0405
    • Interface Northwest, Lake City — 386-487-0190
  • Interface Youth Shelters
    • Can stop in or call at any time.  A counselor or youth care worker will assist with any problems, whether needing a safe place to stay or just someone to talk to
    • The Interface residential program is voluntary for youth age 10-17.  Youth stay in the shelter for a night or two in emergency situations or can stay 3-5 weeks to work on developing skills needed for success in the future.  Occasionally, youth stay longer if necessary.  Some residents are homeless or have run away from home.  Some have issues related to cutting school or belligerent behaviors.  Others just need a break from parents or caregivers.   Shelter residents work with counselors to determine an appropriate long-term living arrangement for them when they leave the shelter.
    • Youth in the shelters attend school during the day.   Each shelter has a girls’ dormitory and a boys’ dormitory.  Maximum shelter capacity is between 12 and 20 individuals.  All meals, bedding, and toiletry items are supplied.  Youth can bring their clothing but can also utilize clothing at the shelter if needed.  There is no charge to stay at Interface.  For more information about the residential program, please contact the nearest shelter.
    • Interface Youth Shelter, Central1400 NW 29th Road

      Gainesville, FL 32605

      (352) 244-0618

  • Interface  – Family Action Counseling
    • Sometimes youth with a safe place to live have the same kinds of problems that youth in our residential program have.  These include thinking about or threatening to run away, cutting school, ungovernable or belligerent behaviors, and difficulty getting along.  Family Action counselors work with youth to help them with their problems and also work with their parents or caregivers and siblings to create a better living situation for everyone involved.  Family Action counselors can meet with youth at school, home, or other location if going to the shelter is not convenient.  There is no charge for these counseling services.
    • Interface Youth Shelter, Central1400 NW 29th Road

      Gainesville, FL 32605

      (352) 244-0618

  • Interface – Truancy Center
    • Alachua County students who are delinquent or suspended from school can spend their days at Interface Central in Gainesville.  Police officers sometimes take truant students found during the day to Interface.  Parents of suspended students may also arrange to keep their children at Interface as they serve out their term of suspension.  The Interface Life Skills teacher works with these students during the time they should have been at school.
    • Interface Youth Shelter, Central1400 NW 29th Road

      Gainesville, FL 32605

      (352) 244-0618

  • Youth Talk
    • 24/7 Free Information Line on topics that interest the youth including Alcohol & Drugs, Abuse, Sex, Birth Control & Pregnancy, Relationships, Feelings, Family Problems, Rules, School, Career, & Life, Women’s Issues
    • 352-244-0666  (If at any time you wish to speak with a counselor, press extension 555 and you will be connected with a staff person)

Phone: Administration- Gainesville — 352-244-0628


Haven Hospice

  • Healing Hearts
    • Grief support program available to children and teens, adults and families
    • Offers individual, family and group counseling to help anyone who is coping with loss, regardless of how it occurs
    • 1-844-LIGHTEN
  • SASHA’s Friends
    • Support group for kids who are anticipating the loss of a loved one
    • 1-844-LIGHTEN


Meridian Behavioral Health Care

Provides crisis services, rehabilitation services, outpatient treatment/support

  • 24/7 crisis line
    • Local (North Central Florida)– 352-374-5600
      option 1
    • Toll Free –1-800-330-5615


Access Center
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
New Clients: 352-374-5600, option 2
Returning Clients: 352-374-5600, option 3


Reichert House

An after school program designed for youth who are in need of assistance in making the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The Reichert House is operated in a Para Military fashion. The program has a middle school and separate high school component. The Reichert House offers a combination of discipline, work, and social and recreational activities which foster a balanced environment for those enrolled.

  • To be a member of the Reichert House students must be
    • A resident of Alachua County
    • Enrolled in School
    • Between the ages of 12-17
    • Complete an application which includes a background packet

Address: 1704 Southeast 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641
Phone: 352-334-2321

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital – Vista

Address: 4101 NW 89th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606
Phone: Local — 352-265-5481, Toll Free — 888-391-7181

Florida Recovery Center

Phone: 855-265-4FRC(4372)

Other useful resources

National Suicide Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Safe Place Program

  • Network of services around the United States to help youth with problems related to running away, homelessness, and abuse
  • All public schools and libraries in Alachua County are Safe Place sites as all Gainesville Fire Stations and the city’s RTS buses and some local businesses.  Any youth in trouble can go to one of these sites and ask for help.  Staff will contact CDS Interface Youth Program Shelter who will make arrangements to assist the young person.  If s/he needs to go to the shelter, local law enforcement will offer transportation.
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