Feel your best, inside and out

Mental health coverage is available.

We believe your mental health is just as important as your physical health. That’s why we make it easy for you to access the care you need, with over 250 behavioral health providers for you to choose from. We make it convenient too with video visits and no referral needed for outpatient therapy with a provider in your network.

Emergency care

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the San Diego Access and Crisis Line at 1-888-724-7240 (TDD: 1-619-641-6992).

If emergency medical care is needed, call 911 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Get behavioral health support in 3 steps

1

Find a provider

Search for a behavioral health provider and filter by specialty, location and more to find the best fit for you.

2

Set up an appointment

After you choose a provider, follow their site’s instructions to schedule an appointment as a new patient.

3

Prepare for your first visit.

Whether your first appointment is in person or a video visit, your provider will ask you about your current health and health history before your session. It will likely be a questionnaire like this to help your provider get a better sense of your needs.

Once you’re set up, consider taking a self-assessment (or “screening”) for more insight into your behavioral health needs. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis and simply offer suggestions. It’s a good idea to share your screening results with your provider.

No referral needed

You don’t need a referral from your primary care physician to access outpatient therapy from a provider in your network. When you’re ready, make an appointment with a behavioral health provider through one of our in-network resources.


Psychiatric Centers at San Diego

Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD) has practiced in San Diego County since 1972, and is a group of psychiatrists, therapists and nurse practitioners who provide care in all clinical settings in order to provide services tailored to members’ needs.

PCSD provides a wide range of services in child and adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatry and psychotherapy. PCSD offers a large variety of areas of expertise and treatment modalities which allows them to provide comprehensive care to their patients. PCSD offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS therapy) services in three of their nine conveniently located offices throughout the county.

PCSD offers after-hours and urgent care call services to their patients and has on-call coverage 24/7. Call PCSD toll-free at 1-877-257-7273.


LifeStance Health

LifeStance Health (formerly PsyCare) is a comprehensive outpatient behavioral health group practice with child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and over 125 therapists, which include PhDs, LCSWs, and MFTs. They all treat a broad range of individual, couple and family issues and psychiatric disorders.

After-hours call services available for existing patients Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 8:30 am, and all day on weekends. Urgent care call services are also available for existing patients during regular business hours and after hours.

Call LifeStance Health at 1-858-279-1223 or learn more on their website.


Independent providers

Our behavioral health network includes independent providers with varying specialties such as child, adult, and geriatric psychiatry, marriage and family therapy, and addiction psychiatry. To obtain routine, after-hours, urgent or emergency mental health services, our providers are available to help.


Telehealth services

Video visits are covered at most in-network behavioral health providers and offer a convenient way for you to access care confidentially from the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Mental health parity

Mental health parity requires your mental health coverage to be equal to or better than what it would be for similar medical and surgical coverage.

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Common behavioral health conditions

Your mental health can affect the ways you act, feel and think. If it’s difficult to live life the way you’d like to, connecting with a behavioral health provider may help.

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Frequently asked questions

Explore our FAQ about behavioral health services and mental health and use the behavioral health glossary to learn more about health conditions and unfamiliar terms.

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Enrolled in one of our Medicare Advantage plans?

Head over to the Sharp Direct Advantage website to learn more about your behavioral health benefits.

Common behavioral health conditions

Anxiety

Learn about the symptoms of anxiety and get access to helpful tools.

  • Trembling or twitching
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sleep problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Restlessness
  • Worrying too much

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Depression

Learn about the causes and symptoms of depression like sadness and feelings of helplessness. This topic covers related illnesses like bipolar disorder and SAD, as well as looks at treatment options, like medication, counseling, and lifestyle choices. It also talks about suicidal thoughts and when to call a doctor.

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Trauma and grief

As a medic in Iraq, Tim was always in the midst of suffering. He treated soldiers with horrible wounds. He saw some die. Within one day of returning home, he faced another trauma. His father died of cancer. "He was my best friend for my whole life. That just threw my whole brain out of whack," Tim said.

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Postpartum depression

This topic covers the causes and symptoms of postpartum depression that can occur in the first months after childbirth. Includes treatment with counseling and antidepressant medicines.

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Autism: support and training for the family

Having a family member with autism presents many challenges. Support and training for parents and siblings are important components of treatment. Training family members about autism and how to effectively manage the symptoms can reduce family stress and improve the functioning of the child with autism.

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Bipolar disorder

This illness causes extreme mood swings, ranging from mania (feeling overly energetic) to depression. It is also called manic-depressive disorder. This topic covers treatment with counseling and medicines like mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder

Learn more about the causes and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This topic looks at how treatment can help, the steps you can take, and discusses the most effective treatments — counseling and antidepressant medicines. This topic also includes stories from others in their own words.

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Suicidal thoughts or threats

Suicide occurs almost twice as often as murder. Each year, about 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide. In the U.S.: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24 and the second leading cause for people ages 25 to 34.

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1 in 5 adults experience mental health challenges

If you or someone close to you is experiencing symptoms of a mental health challenge, get help. Only a mental health professional or medical doctor can provide a diagnosis, but learning how to spot the signs of mental health challenges is the first step to getting help.

Featured behavioral health articles

Get insights from our expert caregivers on addressing mind and body health in our everyday lives.

5 ways to nurture your relationship

Meaningful relationships take some work. These tips can help.

Helping kids learn to name their feelings

Helping kids name their feelings can lead to better coping with tough emotions.

Learning self-chakra
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Dr. Julie Furby demonstrates healing touch therapy that involves balancing the chakras.

Mind your heart

Here’s what researchers know so far about how practicing mindfulness affects the heart.

Talking about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

More than just “baby blues,” postpartum depression is very real and can affect both parents.

No-cost health coaching

If you need extra support, our Best Health® wellness program is a great place to start. Sign up for one-on-one sessions with a personal health and lifestyle coach who can help with stress management, healthy eating, physical activity and more.

Behavioral health care benefits

Sharp Health Plan members have access to:

  • Behavioral health care services for all ages
  • Inpatient hospital services
  • Outpatient hospital services
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Autism services
  • Video visits

Log in to your Sharp Connect account to view your Member Handbook and find more information about your benefits.

Important notes on behavioral health coverage

Affordable mental health benefits are built into every plan we offer. Learn more about mental health parity.

Coverage must be obtained through in-network providers. Out-of-network services will not be covered unless approved by Sharp Health Plan.

Behavioral health services will not be approved, denied or modified based solely on the type of admission (voluntary or involuntary) or method of transportation to a health facility.

 


Help hotlines

In addition to the resources listed above, the following hotlines are available to talk over a problem, find information, or get advice.

  • San Diego Access and Crisis Line
    1-888-724-7240
    TDD: 1-619-641-6992
     
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-8255
    TTY: Dial 711, then 1-800-273-8255
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
    TTY: 1-800-787-3224
    Video phone: 1-855-812-1001
     
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)