Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
  • 4300 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32614

  • Gainesville: call 374-5600, follow instructions for “emergency services”.

  • Outpatient Services 

  • Outside Gainesville: call 800-330-5615, follow instructions for “emergency services” for your area.

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital Crisis Stabilization Unit
  • 4101 NW 89 Blvd, Gainesville

  • Phone (352)-265-5481

North Florida Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Center
  • Across from the Oaks Mall on Newberry Road, Gainesville

  • Enter the Crisis Stabilization Unit via the Emergency Room entrance

  • Phone (352)-333-4470

Alachua County Crisis Center Hotline & Suicide Counseling
  • Alachua County Crisis Center operates 24/7 -- Phone (352)-264-6789

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)

How to handle a mental illness ACUTE CRISIS at home
  • CLICK HERE to learn how to handle a crisis, or initiate involuntary commitment (Baker Act), or for suicide attempt.

  • Phone 911 to request a law enforcement responder who is trained and certified in special "Crisis Intervention Training" (C.I.T.) program.

Public Defender's Office for Baker Act Cases
  • Serving 8th Circuit (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union Counties). This office will represent a Baker Acted mentally ill person in court at no cost to client.

  • (352) 338-7370

Missing Persons - Sheriff's Office
  • Alachua County Sheriff's Office phone:

  • During business hours: (352)-367-4050

  • Weekends and after 5:00 pm: (352)-955-1818

Free Therapy Night
  • 2401 SE Archer Road

  • 352) 325-1775

  • Free Therapy Night, hosted by UF Healthstreet, is open every Monday evening 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. It is a Psychology Clinic run by University of Florida graduate students in Clinical Psychology. They offer an intake plus 5 free therapy sessions and/or referrals. Students are supervised by on-site licensed Psychologists. Walk-ins available before 6:30 pm, appointments preferred. 

Alachua County Jail
  • 3333 NE 39th Avenue - Gainesville, Florida 32609

  • Jail Nurse (24 hour): (352)-491-2865

  • Jail Mental Health Counselor: (352)-491-4648

  • Jail Main Switchboard: (352)-491-4444

Find a Gainesville Mental Health Provider
UF Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic
  • Springhill clinic location: 4037 NW 86 Terrace, Gainesville

  • Appointments: phone (352)-265-HELP (4357)

UF Counseling & Wellness Center
  • Appointments & After-Hour Assistance: (352) 392-1575

Free Medical, Dental, Psychiatric Care Listings
Better Beginnings
  • 14822 Main Street
    Alachua, Florida 32615

  • (352) 462-9484

  • Perinatal mental health and wellness serving Florida and the Southeast. 

Gainesville Opportunity Center
  • Nonprofit which helps with mental illness re-integration back into the community and job market

  • 1210 NW 14th Ave
    Gainesville, FL 32601

  • Phone (352)-224-5523

  • General email:

CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
  • 3615 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

  •  (352) 244-0628

  • Family Action Central - a non-residential, prevention program serving youth ages 6-17 and their families. Family Action provides 12 weeks of free counseling and/or Case management for ungovernable or at risk youth.

FACT Team in Gainesville
  • Florida Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) program

  • Managed by Mental Health Resources Center, Inc., 825 NW 23rd Avenue, Unit 1-A, Gainesville, FL 32609; (352)-271-8605

  • Outpatient "psychiatric hosptial without walls"

  • Serves adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses primarily in their homes. Provides psychiatric care; medical referral and follow-up; supportive therapy; crisis assessment and intervention; substance abuse services; work-related services; activities of daily living and socialization; help obtaining affordable housing.

Mental Health First Aid course
  • A certified interactive session which runs 12 hours at Meridian in Gainesville.

  • Participants learn risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems. Course builds understanding of their impact and treatments, plus step-by-step skills to help a crisis. Click here for full description

  • For local class enrollment, phone 374-5600 ext. 8270.

Alachua County Mental Health Court
  • Works with defendants arrested for misdemeanor and felony offenses who are mentally ill or developmentally disabled. This program is designed to divert mentally ill and developmentally disabled defendants from jail.

Victim Advocate Units, Sheriff & Police Offices
  • Alachua County Sheriff's Office phone (352)-384-3317

  • Gainesville Police Department phone (352)-393-7683

Northeast Florida State Hospital (NEFSH)
  • Largest provider of psychiatric inpatient civil service in the State of Florida, operating 633 beds and serves residents from 30 of the 67 counties in Florida.

  • 7487 South State Road 121, Macclenny, FL. Phone (904)-259-6211

"Special Needs" Estate Planning Attorneys for family members with a mental illness diagnosis

"Special Needs" Estate Planning Attorneys for family members with a mental illness diagnosis

The Vines Hospital - Ocala
  • 3130 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34474

  • Phone: 866-671-3130

Village Counselling Center
  • The Village Counseling Center's primary programs, the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, Adoption Success Program and Trauma Recovery Program for Youth and Families are known for providing pioneering services. The Village Counseling Center in Gainesville, Florida currently provides services in over 16 counties in North Florida including Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Suwannee and Duval County. We offer a variety of specialized mental health services including therapy, assessments, parent education classes, training and clinical consultation.

United Way of North Central Florida
  • 6031 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607

  • (352) 331-2800

Three Rivers Legal Services
  • Local, non-profit corporation funded for the sole purpose of providing free civil legal services to low-income, eligible clients in seventeen counties of North Florida.

  • 1-800-372-0936

Metamorphosis Treatment Program
  • 4201 SW 21st Place, Gainesville, FL 32607

  • (352) 955-2450

  • Residential substance use and dual diagnosis treatment center in Gainesville.

Center for Independent Living

  • 222 SW 36th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607

  • Voice (352) 378-7474

  • Fax (352) 378-5582