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Mental Health Resources

Over the last several years, California has recognized the mental health needs and social-emotional needs of our youth through Assembly Bill 2246.  Since the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year, our adults who work in our middle schools have been trained to recognize risk factors, warning signs and what to do when they are concerned about a child’s social-emotional and mental well-being.  Beginning Fall 2019, you will also see outreach to our middle school children to seek help if they are experiencing challenges such as hotlines listed on middle school identification cards, parent and community resources available on the District website, and resources included in materials from the District.


We all experience different levels of mental health as we go through life, and mental health problems can be very common. In fact, 50% of us will experience a mental health challenge in our lifetime.  Youth ages 10-14 are showing increasing signs of anxiety, suicide ideation, depression, stress, crisis, family instability, isolation, interpersonal conflict, loss, and emotional distress. The good news is that people recover from mental illness all the time.  With support, individuals report reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.  We are here to help.


Supports Available At School:

Teachers, school administrators, and school psychologists are available if your child needs help or you would like additional information regarding resources.  Additionally, school staff and parents may request referrals for Phoenix House/Behavioral Health Interventions and Supports and/or Outreach Counseling which are all available at each of our schools. 


Where to Get More Support:

If you need help or know someone who does, contact:


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (en espanol) 1-888-628-9454
  • Online Lifeline Crisis Chat
  • Text 741741 message the word "connect"
It's free and confidential.  You'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.
If you have health insurance, call your insurance provider to find out what is covered and how to obtain a referral.
If you have Medi-Cal, contact Behavioral Health Department in Orange County.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
For emergency housing, food, and other support, call 2-1-1, or visit