Mental Health Resources
If you are experiencing a crisis or mental health emergency call 9-1-1 or utilize the crisis response numbers below. DO NOT email or text school personnel for urgent or emergency situations.
Your school's Text-A-Tip number can be found on your student ID card or school website.
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.
- Suicide Prevention
- Counseling Centers
- Caregiver Resources
- Grief Counseling
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Online chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Crisis Text Line
California Youth Crisis Line
NAMI-OC Warm Line
10 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Sat.- Sun.)
Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.
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 & Programs: Brief Individual & Family Counseling Services, Family Advocacy, Parent Education, Health Care Access, Youth Classes, WIC, Legal Services.
This toolkit provides user-friendly tips and strategies to address issues related to mental wellness.
- Elementary K-6th
- Secondary 7th-12th
- Race and Equity Resources
- Covid-19 Resources
- Natural Disaster Resources
- Mental Health Apps
Grief and Crisis Resources
Cell Phone and Social Media Safety
Tips for Students:
- Becoming Resilient Worksheet
- We're in this Together
- What can I do if I'm Worried?
- First Aid for Feelings (English)
- First Aid for Feelings (Spanish)
Tips for Caregivers:
FREE Mental Health Apps
YouAnd app is designed to build resilience and social emotional intelligence. From feelings and coping skills to caring for mind, body and spirit, you’ll discover how to take care of the whole you. It aims to increase resiliency and provide youth with support and community during social isolation. Students in grades K-12th will receive a 6-lesson curriculum series that aligns with the 5 social-emotional learning competencies. Each lesson is a 10-minute video that will live in the application. The curriculum has been validated and peer-reviewed by team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine. YouAnd is available at no cost for Orange County K-12 students. (Free: iOS and Android)
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)
MyLife Meditation by Stop. Breathe. Think: Here are several ways you can practice mindfulness to bring more kindness and compassion into your home during these swirling times! Just like the grown-ups in their lives, your children will likely experience some big emotions during this time. The activities recommended below are ideal for children ages 4–10 and can help address a specific emotion to work through these feelings—together. These activities are available in the For Kids section of the All Ages app, with premium tracks now free for the next 60 days!
Sanvello: A place to feel better: Sanvello premium access is free to everyone during the COVID-19 crisis—no action required. It’s our small way of supporting you during this challenging time. Sanvello helps you understand you. Our thoughts, moods, and behaviors all shape how we feel. Sanvello gives you clinically validated techniques to help you manage your moods and thoughts, so you can understand what works for you to feel better. (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)
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)
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 and Android
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)
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)
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)