Support Resources & Services
LOCAL CRISIS RESOURCES
If you or someone you know has harmed themselves or is in immediate risk of harm CALL 911 immediately.
- 911 in an emergency
Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information
- SAFTY ~ Safe Alternatives for Treating Youth 888-334-2777
The hotline is provided by Casa Pacifica. SAFTY has a mobile crisis team, and will help create a safety plan. This service is provided for students 20 years old or younger.
- CARES ~ SB Crisis and Recovery Emergency Services 888.868.1649
Santa Barbara County Mental Health hotline providing crisis intervention and consultation services. CARES is also a mobile mental health assessment team that will come on site to do an assessment if 911 is called for a mental health emergency.
- SB Response Network 805.699.5608
- Trained volunteers are primarily trained in psychological first aid [PFA], which provides psychosocial support to individuals and families after a traumatic event or other emergencies.
LOCAL SANTA BARBARA RESOURCES
- StudentMentalWellness.com [local resources, books, links]
**Understanding the types of services available >
- SBCC Wellness Connection
- UCSB Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic
- Acacia Counseling & Wellness
- SBCC Student Health Services
- Mental Wellness Center
- What is Love
- Pacific Pride Foundation
- SB Transgender Center
- SB County Dept of Behavioral Wellness
- SB Neighborhood Clinics - behavioral health services
SCHOOL BASED RESOURCES
YOU CAN FIND MANY OF THESE PROVIDERS ON CAMPUS AT OUR LOCAL SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SCHOOLS...
- Mental Wellness Center
- YWC/Youth Wellness Connection [clubs]
- MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS [curriculum]
- CADA/Council oAlcoholismsm & Drug Abuse
- YSS/Youth Service Specialist
- FNL/Friday Night Live [FNL]
- RECONNECTING YOUTH CLASS [class]
- Hospice of Santa Barbara
- FSA/Family Service Agency
- What is Love
- Just Communities
- Pacific Pride Foundation
- Casa Pacifica/SAFTY
- Crisis Text Line
Text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling.
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of 150+ crisis center
- International Association For Suicide Prevention (IASP)
With the help of the World Health Organization, IASP has complied helplines from around the globe. Search by region to find a local crisis center or crisis phone number.
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.
- The Trevor Project Project
Trevor Lifeline: (866)-488-7386
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24
- Bullying Help Chat Line
The STOMP Out Bullying™ HelpChat Line is a free and confidential online chat that helps youth ages 13-24 ONLY with issues around bullying and cyberbullying; as well as providing support to youths who may be at risk of suicide.
UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS & GOOD READS
- Erika's Lighthouse... We educate school communities about teen depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and empower teens to take charge of their mental health.
Recommended Reads >
Understanding depression >
Treat depression >
Cope with depression >
Help someone with depression >
Teen Depression test >
- Go Ask Alice
Site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. Our team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.
- Love is Respect
Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.
OTHER STUDENT CLUBS & PROGRAMS
- Active Minds
We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation. Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.
- Bring Change 2 Mind
Nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy. Mission is to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
- Lets Erase the Stigma
Project LETS is an inclusive community and network for individuals with mental illness (or experiences that are understood as mental illness) that provides peer support services, assists with advocacy efforts, and strives for political change.
Project LETS Chapters are a network of students on college and university campuses that exist to embody the mission, vision, and goals of Project LETS. Through: organized meetings; activities, discussions, panels and workshops led by students with lived experience; advocacy efforts and political change; and peer counseling programs - each chapter serves as a voice of resistance, hope, and support for students and their surrounding communities.
- NAMI on Campus
Campus clubs are student-led, student-run mental health organizations on college campuses. Raise mental health awareness with fairs, walks and candlelit vigils. Educate the campus with presentations, guest speakers and student panels. Advocate for improved mental health services and policies on campus. Support peers with signature NAMI programs and training from NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates.
CURRICULUM & TRAINING
- More Than Sad (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
- STUDENTS: This program teaches teens to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, challenges the stigma surrounding depression, and demystifies the treatment process.
- PARENTS: This program teaches parents how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help.
- TEACHERS: This program teaches educators to recognize signs of mental health distress in students and refer them for help.
- Signs of Suicide (SOS)
- Providing tools to help youth identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide, and self-injury in themselves and their peers
- Smart Schools... SMART-Students Mobilizing Awareness and Reducing Tragedies- is a suicide prevention program created by SAVE for motivated student groups on high school and college campuses nationwide. SMART program staff, in partnership with student leaders, organize motivated students who are passionate about raising mental health and suicide awareness on campus and in the community. Additionally, the program allows students the opportunity to design and implement custom suicide prevention programming that best fits the size and needs of their schools. These efforts increase capacity for stronger, safer and overall healthier communities.
- LEADS for YOUTH: Linking Education and Awareness of Depression and Suicide... is a school-based suicide prevention curriculum designed for high schools and educators that links depression awareness and suicide prevention. LEADS for Youth is an informative and interactive opportunity for students and teachers to increase knowledge and awareness of depression and suicide.
- Families for Depression & Awareness
- We offer education, training, and support to unite families and help them heal while coping with mood disorders.
- Reconnecting Youth - RY
- An award-winning, prevention program that helps at-risk youth achieve in school and decrease their drug use, anger, depression, and emotional distress. Designed as a semester-long class offered for school credit, the RY curriculum focuses on skills training within the context of peer group and adult support.
- At-Risk For PK-12 Educators is a turnkey solution to educate PK-12 educators and staff about mental health and suicide prevention which supports improved student wellness and school safety. They rapidly build the capacity of educators to lead real-life conversations that change lives.
- Friend2Friend -- game-based simulation for adolescents that builds awareness, knowledge, and skills about mental health while reducing stigma. It prepares youth to recognize signs of distress, reach out to a friend they are concerned about, and help identify a trusted adult for support.
- Step-In Speak Up -- An interactive role-play simulation for educators that builds understanding and appreciation for the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, and prepares users to lead real-life conversations with students to curtail harassment and support those who may be struggling as a result of bullying or isolation.
- It's On Us
Works to educate, engage and empower students and communities to do something big or small, to end sexual assault. Focus on increasing bystander intervention.
- Step Up!
Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.
- The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project provides evidence that incest, domestic and sexual violence exists in our communities. It is a visual reminder of statistics that we often ignore. It gives a voice to those who have been forcibly silenced.
- Denim Day
Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
- It Can Wait
Distracted driving is never ok. itcanwait.usaa.com
- R U OK
Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. Conversations need to happen every day. Encourage more people to ask R U OK? in your school, workplace or community
- Each Mind Matters
We all have mental health, and our voices are amplified when we speak up together.
- Know The Signs
Pain isn't always obvious. Suicide is preventable.
- Change Direction
The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being. In order to change our culture, we have to start with a common language, and learn the Five Signs.
- Heads Together
Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.
work to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.
- To Write Love on Her Arms
- This is My Brave
- Walk In Our Shoes
- Yellow Ribbon - Suicide Prevention
- Project SemiColon
- American Psychiatric Association Foundation
Information, including symptoms and treatment
Find a Psychiatrist
- American Psychological Association
Articles on health and emotional wellness
Find a Psychologist
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI
Information and support
- National Council for Behavioral Health
Articles on mental health
- National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health Information
- Mental Health America
Mental Health Screening Tools
Treatment and Support
How to Talk about Mental Health
What to Look For
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
Resources for Veterans and Military Families
- World Health Organization
International Mental Health Information