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Mental Health Resources and Support Strategies

Are you concerned that your student maybe struggling with;
  • Academic Stress
  • Anger
  • Social Conflict
  • Friendships
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health Crises


Do you see your student turning to unhealthy habits;

  • Catastrophizing
  • Isolating
  • Dissociation
  • Compulsivity
  • Self-harm
  • Substance Use
  • Self-medication
  • Violence


Strategies: Meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises, grounding skills, journaling, acceptance, seeking school-based counseling or therapy resources


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National Resources

  • Dial 988 or text "HELP" to 741741
  • Crisis and Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-704-0900, press 1
  • National Support Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or
  • Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
  • Bill Wilson Support Line: 1-888-247-7717
  • National LGBTQ Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE
  • TeenLine: 1-800-TLC-TEEN or text "teen" to 83986

Local Resources


2-1-1 Monterey County: 24-hour free and confidential telephone service (Dial 2-1-1) an online searchable database providing information and referral on a broad range of services.


Care Solace: MPUSD partnered with Care Solace to better connect students, staff, and families to mental health and substance use treatment options in our community. Care Solace provides a personalized pathway to community based services regardless of need or insurance coverage. You may contact them in any language, at any time, 24/7/365 (888) 515-0595


Catholic Charities: Assistance with rent, utilities, MediCal Applications, Legal Immigration and Citizenship Services, Tattoo Removal Clinic, CalFresh and Nutrition Education. English and Spanish Call Monterey Peninsula: 831-393-3110


Community Human Services: Community Human Services offers a variety of evidence-based mental health and family services to help people address issues that are difficult to resolve without support. Services are provided in English and Spanish and are free or low cost to Monterey County residents. Medical is also accepted.

Salinas: (831) 757-7915 Seaside: (831) 394-4622 or


Equine Healing Collaborative: The Equine Healing Collaborative was created to provide a path to recovery, self-discovery, and personal growth through the use of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Not-for-profit organization that offers our services on a sliding scale. No one is turn away based on ability to pay, all clinicians volunteer their time to help others tap into the healing power of equines. (831) 293-4492 Email: [email protected]


Harmony at Home: Offers private counseling to parents, couples, teens, and families without insurance on a sliding scale fee basis in Carmel and Salinas. Sessions typically cost between $65- $95 an hour. Counseling is provided daily. Children First is a co-parenting program for children ages 5-18 and their parents who are going through divorce/separation. Director of Operations: Joaquin Hernandez 831-625-5160 Carmel or 831-272-6644 Salinas


Heal Together: The Heal Together Hub is a central source of information on community resources to respond to grief, loss, and anxiety. Heal Together combines the talents of mental health professionals and trusted community agencies to meet the incredible need for healing and hope. Topics include: imprisonment, death, and other losses.

831-320-0947 Email: [email protected]


Kara Grief Support: Kara offers a safe and caring environment where those coping with death and dying can express and normalize their feelings of grief. 650-321-5272


Kinship Center:  Kinship Center is headquartered in Salinas, California and provides services foster care adoption, relative caregiver support, children's mental health and wraparound services, legal guardianship assistance, and parent and professional education. (831) 455-9965 Email: [email protected]


Military-Specific Services: No matter where you are stationed, School Support Services are available to help your children/youth build resilience and increase student achievement. The program is designed to meet the needs of the community, and are committed to supporting military-connected families.


Monterey County Rape Crisis Center: Non-profit agency whose mission is to provide ongoing advocacy, support and healing for all victims and survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse; and to prevent sexual violence in our community through education. [email protected]


Monterey County Behavioral Health: Behavioral Health can help people of all ages. We address issues throughout the lifespan, starting at pregnancy and going through senior years. We work with children, youth, adults, and families. Call 888-258-6029 to learn more about our services. Additional support is available 24 hours a day through the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 877-663-5433. They provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.


Ohana:  Access outpatient child- and family-centered mental and behavioral health services from the caring, skilled team at Ohana Center for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. 831-642-6201 [email protected]


Shine A Light Counseling Center: Short and long-term therapy services. Services include individual therapy, couples counseling, youth and families therapy, group therapy and workshops. 831-996-1222 [email protected]


The Village Project: Provides counseling for adults, couples, children, and families; cultural competency trainings; after-school tutoring for students in first through twelfth grade; teen empowerment groups, anger management classes.


Wellspring Psychological Services: Services include individual, family and group psychotherapy, assessment for adults and children, and education opportunities. Whatever your purpose for seeking therapy, the goal is to help become more peaceful, hopeful, and connected. 831-647-8490 [email protected]


YWCA: YWCA Monterey County provides mental health services through bilingual psychotherapy for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. The services are provided to an individual of their family.

To schedule an appointment or receive a therapy referral. 831-422-8602