Teachers, school administrators, school counselors, 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 Outreach Counseling available at Title I schools.
Over the last several years, California has recognized the mental health and social-emotional needs of our youth. Adults who work in our 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. Since the fall of 2019, we have expanded and prioritized our outreach and social-emotional supports available to students and families.
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.
As a reminder, please access your regular mental health provider for support. If you have private insurance, consider calling your carrier for a referral list that matches your child’s needs. For those who are seeking alternatives, here are some options:
The above list is not a comprehensive list of providers in Orange County and is not a formal referral from HBCSD. Please use discretion in selecting a mental health provider.
In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1
Emotional Wellness Resources
Self-Care Social Media Accounts
Like all forms of online information, the content and quality of the social media linked below may change over time. These accounts are provided as a resource only. Content should be reviewed regularly to determine appropriate use for individual needs.
FREE smartphone apps for download to support the emotional wellness of you and your student:
Orange County Crisis Prevention Hotline
Crisis Text Line
The OC Warm Line
Centralized Assessment Team (CAT)
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline