Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

Mental Health Resources

ELEMENTARY
To access SVUSD school-based mental health services please contact the Principal of your child’s Elementary school.
 
SECONDARY
To access SVUSD school-based mental health services please contact the Administration or Counseling Department of the Intermediate School or High School the student attends.
 
TEXT-A-TIP
To anonymously report:
 
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Theft
  • Threats

Your school's Text-A-Tip number can be found on your student ID card or school website.

RESOURCES

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

If you have a serious and immediate safety concern regarding a student (yourself or a friend), please call 9-1-1 or the OC Sheriff’s Department at (949) 770-6011. If your concern needs immediate mental health attention, support is also available by contacting one of the hotlines listed below.

Helplines/Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Description: Suicide prevention hotline and services.
English: 800-273-TALK
Español: 888-628-9454 
TTYY: 800-799-4889 
Online chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
 

Crisis Text Line

Description: Free 24/7 support for people in crisis.
Hotline: Text “HOME” to 741741
 

California Youth Crisis Line

Description: Free 24/7 support for young people 12 to 24 years old.
Hotline: 800-843-5200
 

NAMI-OC Warm Line

Description: Free confidential telephone service providing emotional support and resources to Orange County residents.
Hotline: 714-991-6412
9 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Mon.- Fri.)
10 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Sat.- Sun.)

Suicide Prevention

Services & Programs: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.
 
Services & Programs: A multilingual 24/7 Crisis Line that answer calls for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, CrisisChat networks, Teen Line and the national Disaster Distress Helpline. 

Counseling Centers

Services & Programs: Evaluation, Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Parenting Classes and Education
 

Services & Programs: Brief Individual & Family Counseling Services, Family Advocacy, Parent Education, Health Care Access, Youth Classes, WIC, Legal Services

Services & Programs: Short term mental health services, wrap-around services, crisis stabilization services, outpatient clinics, probation services, transitional youth programs, therapeutic behavioral services, intensive case management, foster youth/ adoption services.
 
Services & Programs: Family counseling, individual counseling, couples counseling, substance abuse counseling, economic empowerment courses, group classes.
 
Didi Hirsch Orange County, Mental Health Center 
Services & Programs: Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide. Outpatient therapy for teens, adults, and families; Bereavement groups; Suicide attempt support groups; Outreach and training.
 
Services: Virtual counseling program that provides clients 12 years and older with “face to face” online counseling and psychotherapy, services through your computer, smart phone, or tablet. Services in English and Spanish.
 
Services & Programs: Youth employment/training services, Wrap around services, PCIT, community outreach, linkage to appropriate community mental health agencies, case mgmt..
 

Grief Counseling

Services & Programs: Ongoing grief support for children ages 4-18 and their families. (949) 348-0548
 
Services & Programs: The Dougy Center provides resources for support for children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. 
 
Services & Programs: Links and information of researched resources to assist people in grief.
 
Services & Programs: O'Connor Mortuary Grief Library: Over 60 online articles that provide you with immediate comfort, insight, and practical tips on dealing with your own grief or the sorrow of friends or family members. 

LGBTQ+

Services & Programs: Individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, HIV and STD testing, medical transition services, legal support clinic, advocacy and information sessions monthly.
 
Services & Programs: Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGTBQI youth through 24 hour help line and internet chat.
 
Services & Programs: Uniting the LGBTQI community with friends, families, and allies through its mission of support, advocacy, and education.
 

Parenting Resources

Services and Programs: The Parent Project provides parents with techniques and skills to manage out of control behaviors such as: ¨ Family conflict ¨ Poor school attendance and performance ¨ Running away ¨ Alcohol and drug use ¨ Violent outbursts ¨ Threats of suicide ¨ Gang involvement ¨ Criminal activity. For thirty years the Parent Project has been used by courts, social service agencies, school resource officers, counselors and parenting coaches across our country to help parents address problematic behaviors.
 
Services and Programs: health education, parenting classes, basic needs assistance, counseling, parent support groups, and family resource centers

WELLNESS TOOLKIT

TIPS/STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS
 

This toolkit provides user-friendly tips and strategies to address issues related to mental wellness.

Mental Health Apps

FREE Mental Health Apps

GENERAL

 

 

What’s Up is an amazing free app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and more. Use the positive and negative habit tracker to maintain your good habits, and break those that are counterproductive. You’ll love the “Get Grounded” page, which contains over 100 different questions to pinpoint what you’re feeling, and the “Thinking Patterns” page, which teaches you how to stop negative internal monologues. (Free; iOS and Android)

 

 

Calm: Named by Apple as the 2017 iPhone App of the Year, Calm is quickly becoming regarded as one of the best mental health apps available. Calm provides people experiencing stress and anxiety with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music. This app is truly universal; whether you’ve never tried meditation before or regularly practice, you’ll find the perfect program for you. (Free; iOS and Android)

ANXIETY

 
 
 
Mind Shift is one of the best mental health apps designed   specifically for teens & young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. Think of this app as the cheerleader in your pocket, encouraging you to take charge of your life, ride out intense emotions, and face challenging situations. (Free; iOS and Android)
 

 

 

Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) might be perfect for you if you’re interested in self-help, but   meditation isn’t your thing. Users are prompted to build their own   24-hour anxiety toolkit that allows you to track anxious thoughts and behavior over time, and learn 25 different self-help techniques. You can also use SAM’s “Social Cloud” feature to confidentially connect with other users in an online community for additional support. (Free; iOS and Android)

 

 

CBT Thought Record Diary: The centerpiece of cognitive-behavioral therapy is changing your   emotions by identifying negative and distorted thinking patterns.   You can use CBT Thought Record Diary to document negative emotions, analyze flaws in your thinking, and reevaluate your thoughts. This is a great app for gradually changing your approach to anxiety-inducing situations and your thinking patterns for future situations. (Free; iOS and Android)

DEPRESSION

 

 

Happify: Need a happy fix? With its psychologist-approved mood-training   program, the Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try   various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts. (Free; iOS and Android)

 

 

MoodTools aims to support people with clinical depression by   aiding the path to recovery. Discover helpful videos that can   improve your mood and behavior, log and analyze your thoughts using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles, develop a suicide safety plan and more with this free app. (Free; iOS and Android)

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

 

 

PTSD Coach: Created by the VA’s National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress   Disorder (PTSD), PTSD Coach offers everything from a self-   assessment for PTSD, to opportunities to find support, positive self-talk, and anger management. What’s great about this app is that you can customize tools based on your own individual needs and preferences, and integrate your own contacts, photos, and music. (Free; iOS and Android)

 

 

Breathe2Relax: Sometimes you just need to breathe and remind yourself you are okay. Breathe2Relax is made for just that. Created by the National   Center for Telehealth and Technology, this app is a portable stress management tool that teaches users a skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe2Relax works by decreasing the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ stress response, making it a great option for people suffering from PTSD.  (Free; iOS and Android)

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER

 

 

nOCD was designed with the help of OCD specialists and patients to incorporate two treatments: mindfulness and Exposure Response Prevention Treatment. You can receive immediate, clinically-supported guidance when an OCD episode strikes, take weekly tests to assess the severity of your OCD, and have motivational support along the way. One user calls nOCD “a free therapist in your pocket!” (Free; iOS)

BIPOLAR DISORDER

 

 

Bipolar Disorder Connect: Bipolar disorder can be frustrating, especially if you don’t have   anyone close to you that can identify with your struggles. Bipolar   Disorder Connect is a great app that connects people with bipolar disorder from around the world. This tool gives you access to a community of people living with the condition. The app also features tracking tools to help you monitor your moods and share those updates. (Free; iOS

 

 

 

Stigma: The journal component of Stigma is considered one of the best in a crowded field. The app’s word cloud technology recognizes which words you use the most when writing down your feelings allowing you to reflect on why these are your go-to emotions. We also love the app’s social network dimension, which allows users to connect with peers through messaging. You can share your journal too and get feedback if you’d like support from others. (Free; iOS)

EATING DISORDERS

 

 

Recovery Record is a great app for anyone recovering from an   eating disorder and wanting to develop a more positive body   image. Keep a record of the meals you eat and how they make you feel using the app and complete questionnaires that’ll help you track your progress over time. One user calls Recovery Record a “remarkable recovery tool”; “It helps me stick to my meal plan, provides an outlet to vent about my food concerns and helps me stay intact with my body to work with it rather than against.” (Free; iOS and Android)

 

 

Rise Up + Recover is a unique app as it not only allows you to track your meals and how you feel when you eat them, but you can also transcribe your progress into a PDF printout. Pull up the Rise + Recover app on your mobile when you feel the urge to binge or skip a meal, and need quick coping strategies. (Free; iOS and Android)

 

 

Lifesum: Unlike the other apps featured in this list, Lifesum is a broader  resource for all things healthy living. The app allows you to set   personal goals, from eating healthier, to building more muscle and getting in more steps each day. You can also enter your own personal data and let Lifesum generate a “Life Score” to get a personalized roadmap to better health. With reminders to drink water and eat regularly throughout the day, Lifesum is a great option for anyone trying to live healthier, but for people with eating disorders, this app can be used to help you redefine how you think about healthy body image. (Free; iOS and Android)

ADDICTION

 

 

Quit That!: A completely free app that helps users beat their habits or  addictions. Whether you’re looking to stop drinking alcohol, quit   smoking, or stop taking drugs, it’s the perfect recovery tool to track and monitor your progress. Track as many vices as you want and find out how many minutes, hours, days, weeks, or years it’s been since you quit. (Free; iOS)

SUICIDE PREVENTION

 

 

MY3 is aimed at people who are depressed and suicidal, and   trains users to recognize suicide warning signs in others. MY3   asks you to choose three close contacts that you feel comfortable reaching out to when you’re down and keeps you connected to this core network. This best part of this app is that it helps you create your own safety plan asking you to think through and list your own warning signs, coping strategies and support network, so that you can easily act when you recognize your warning signs. (Free; iOS and Android)

Elementary K-6th

Secondary 7th-12th