Mental Health Resources

As a community, we face routine bias, stigma, discrimination and near-constant attacks on our character by those outside our industry. We know how difficult it can be for industry members to find accepting mental health support. Here are a few resources that may help.

How To Help Someone In Crisis (by NAMI)

If you feel that you are not able to de-escalate the person in crisis without additional support, call someone. You don’t need to do this alone. If your loved one has a mental health provider, that would be a good place to start. If they don’t, there are organizations who can help you through any crisis safely. Here are a few resources you can contact 24/7:

  • Call 911 if the crisis is a life-threatening emergency. Make sure to notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a psychiatric emergency.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive crisis support via text message.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233) to speak with trained experts who provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is also available at Online Hotline.

National Crisis Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Text Line
Text NAMI to 741-741

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline

Trevor Lifeline

Trans Lifeline
1-877-565-8860 US
1-877-330-6366 Canada

Local Resources and Organizations

Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (Los Angeles)
Information, counseling, hotlines and access to care and services for Los Angeles residents struggling with mental health issues.

St. James Infirmary (SF Bay Area)
A peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families, offering peer counseling and psychotherapy as well as primary care and sexual health services.

Adult Performer Advocacy Committee
The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee advocates to maintain and improve safety and working conditions in the adult film industry by giving adult performers education and organized representation in matters that affect our health, safety, and community.

Sex Worker Outreach Project (Los Angeles chapter)
We are sex workers of all backgrounds who are interested in building support for each other. Sex work can cause feelings of isolation and connecting with someone who has had a similar experience can be comforting. To learn more, send us an email or give our hotline a call. Peers are verified and vetted for security

Abeni (Orange County)
Abeni exists to create a safe, confidential place for those working in the Orange County sex trades, as well as those being domestically sex trafficked. We aim to be a present source of relevant, relational, and holistic support for those who are working or have worked in the adult entertainment industry.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project’s trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 866-488-7386.

Peer-to-Peer Referred Practitioners



John McConnell, Ph.D., LMFT (San Diego)
License:  #10673 | LMFT #23675
Couples therapy, marriage counseling, and pre-marital counseling, Short-term individual therapy focused on symptom relief, Long-term individual psychotherapy focused on personality issues and deeper change, Supervision and consultation to therapists.

Traci Medeiros-Bagan, LMFT (Fullerton, Orange County)
License: #86600
LGBTQ, Non Monogamous, Kink, Sex Worker knowledgable and affirming therapist, offering psychotherapy, life coaching, relational therapy and coaching, and consultations.

Kate Loree, LMFT, ATR MBA (Los Angeles / Encino)
License: #50118
Offering Individual, couples, and group therapy.

Dr. Marilyn Lawrence, Ph.D (Los Angeles / Beverly Hills)
Clinical Sexologist & Diplomate Certified Sex Therapist

Hernando Chaves LMFT, DHS (Los Angeles)
License: #50718
Providing reduced cost and sliding scale services to sex/gender diverse folks, sex workers and their partners.

Dossie Easton, LMFT (San Francisco / Bay Area)
License: #27782
Committed to offering authentic, respectful, competent, and compassionate psychotherapy and relationship counseling to people exploring non-traditional lifestyles.



License: SW9363
Blue Pearl Therapy LLC.
Sessions conducted In Person, Virtually, E-Therapy and Virtual Support Group.
Full Liability Insurance & HIPPA Compliant

Adult Performer Advocacy Committee’s (APAC) information on mental health resources for adult performers or other workers in the sex industry.

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