What We Do

Our Safe Place

One of San Diego’s most vulnerable populations, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, often suffer because of non-supportive or even hostile environments in their homes, schools and communities.

Our Safe Place provides mental health services and drop-in centers for LGBTQ youth up to age 21 and their families.


Our Safe Place is a collaborative program with South Bay Community Services and the YMCA of San Diego County, with each partner providing a drop-in center and San Diego Youth Services also providing a mental health clinic.

Supportive Services

  • Advocacy Services
  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Building Community & Support Network
  • Coming Out
  • Depression, Anxiety & Trauma
  • Family Relationships
  • Gender Identity
  • Individualized Support
  • Sexual Health
  • Safe Dating
  • School & Work Support
  • Transitioning

Mental Health Services

Mental Health: Individual and family therapy for LGBTQ youth and their families. Our Safe Place can help youth address their mental health needs and other related challenges, including depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma.

Psychiatry: Psychiatric services, including medication evaluation, treatment and management. These services are provided in conjunction with individual and family therapy.

Community-based Outreach and Support: Community-based services (including screening and clinical support) for youth and their families to reduce barriers and provide trauma informed care by meeting each youth where they are and addressing their individualized needs.

24-hour Support: Our Safe Place provides 24-hour support to youth and their families. Staff are able to provide support and safety planning and connect youth and families to community resources.

Drop-in Center Services

Clinical Case Management: Clinical case management services are offered to help youth and their families navigate and use community resources to increase support and encourage self-sufficiency. Staff work with the youth to identify goals and provide assistance to address different areas of need, including basic needs, academic challenges and employment challenges.

Peer Support Services: Youth Support Partners and Alumni Mentors are available to use their own lived experiences as a means of empowering our youth and families by offering unique perspective, providing validation and empathy and assisting LGBTQ youth in advocating for themselves.

Family Support Services: Our Safe Place drop-in centers offer weekly caregiver/family support groups and provide other rehabilitative services as needed to support the youth and their family as a whole.

Community Training and Education: Our Safe Place offers training to educate providers and other organizations about the LGBTQ population and related topics. Training can be tailored to meet the requesting party’s needs.

Contact

Our Safe Place Mental Health Clinic
3427 4th Avenue, Second Floor
San Diego, CA 94103
Monday-Friday, 9am – 6pm
Evenings and weekend by appointment.

SDYS Central Drop-in Center
2220 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92102
Open 7 days a week

SBCS South Drop-in Center
746 Ada Street
Chula Vista, CA 92911

YMCA North Inland Drop-in Center
1050 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA 92026

YMCA North County Drop-in Center
215 Barnes Street
Oceanside, CA 92054

For more information, please call (619) 525-9903.