Smartphone App launched for youth in crisis: Developed by Behavioral Health Link, a new app called the MyGCAL app, is an easy to download app for direct contact for help. MyGCAL, will allow youth to call, text, or chat with GCAL 24/7/365. Help is in your pocket–just a click away. The caring professionals of GCAL are ready to help, offering free and confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Users can choose how they want to reach out. It can be downloaded for free on google play-store or Apple.
The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL): A Crisis has no schedule. GCAL is a 24/7 behavioral health crisis call center operated by Behavioral Health Link through funding from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Anyone in Georgia can call GCAL for help for themselves or on behalf of someone else at 800-715-4225 or via the My GCAL app. Callers actively experiencing a crisis can speak with live clinicians (LPCs, LAPCs) trained in de-escalation. When needed, GCAL can dispatch mobile crisis response teams to provide de-escalation on-site. GCAL information specialists can also provide referrals for treatment in a caller's area.
The 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline continues to offer caregivers and professionals support, resources and referrals as we practice physical distancing. We are here to listen, and to help!
If you find yourself or someone you know feeling isolated, worried about your family, concerned about being alone at home with children for days or weeks, or in need of essential resources like food or funds for utilities and rent, please call 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373).