Below is a collection of resources pertaining to Mental Health for our students and families. This list will be updated periodically. Email our Student Engagement TOSA with questions or additions.

Visit this link to go to our Student Mental Health and Wellness Supports Website



The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) tips for parents and educators to talk with children about violence suggests adults:

    • Reassure children they are safe and review safety procedures

    • Create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible

    • Make time to talk and listen to the concerns and feelings of children

    • Limit the use of media consumption of these events to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective

    • Acknowledge that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation

The American Psychological Association (APA) has tips for managing your own distress following a mass shooting including:

  • Reaching out for support from other adults (friend or professional)

  • Honoring your feelings and taking time for yourself, especially if you’re experiencing personal loss or grief

  • Limiting your amount of media coverage of these events

  • Find ways to help in your community

*Thank you to SBCEO for these lists



Youthwell Resource Directory is a complete list of organizations providing youth and family mental health and wellness services locally. Find crisis resources, therapists, treatment programs, parent and youth support groups, and more.

In town-Mental Wellness Resources for students (many agencies are still accepting referrals and are conducting telehealth conferences with clients during this time)

Community Resource flyers specific to this time

Calm is offering a series of weekly classes and workshops online for families, they also have some COVID resources online

FSA offerings:

FSA has created a bilingual Facebook group to help families connect and receive/give support to one another

Family Support Services has implemented a Parenting Consultation Warm Line. Click here for the link for the Parenting Coaches in your region.

AHA •F all After-School groups begin the week of October 4, 2021. Registration begins in September. Please check out the Programs page for details of the offerings. Apply here. For more information, email Perla at

Noah’s Anchorage (805)-963-8775 • Noah’s can provide residential services to youth ages 12-17, drop-in services to youth ages 12-21, and off-site and street outreach support up to the age of 24. These services include overnight shelter, showers, food, clothing, hygiene products, laundry, mailing address, bus passes, property storage, crisis counseling, case management, family reunification counseling, and client advocacy.

Visit CALM's YouTube Channel for videos for kids and families.

Check out FSA's YouTube channel for all of their recent webinars about parenting in a pandemic in English and Spanish.



SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990

From the United States and its territories, call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support.

Callers to the hotline can also connect with counselors in over 100 other languages via 3rd-party interpretation services; to connect with a counselor in your primary language, simply indicate your preferred language to the responding counselor and she/he will connect to a live interpreter (interpretation in less commonly-spoken languages may require calling back at an appointed time). Learn more and download information about the Disaster Distress Helpline in 30 of the most commonly-spoken languages in the U.S.

The Disaster Distress Helpline’s TTY number 1-800-846-8517 is available 24/7 to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, who can also utilize the texting options or their preferred Relay service (including 7-1-1) to connect with the main DDH hotline 1-800-985-5990, 24/7.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Texting Hotline:

To connect with a live DDH crisis counselor 24/7 via SMS, from the 50 states text “TalkWithUs” for English or “Hablanos” for Spanish to 66746. Spanish-speakers from Puerto Rico can text “Hablanos” to 1-787-339-2663.

Free 24/7 Crisis Text Line (not specific to Disasters/COVID-19, can text about any crisis)

Text: HOME to 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255

LGBTQ Youth Hotline at 866-488-7386

Translifeline at 877-565-8860

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233, chat on the website, or text LOVEIS to 22522


TEEN LINE (based in California): 800-852-8336 (6-10 PM) or text “TEEN” to 839863 (6-9 PM). TEEN LINE is a non-profit, community based organization that provides emotional support to youth through hotlines staffed by trained teens.

Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Crisis Line: 888-868-1649

Safe Alternatives for Treatment of Youth (SAFTY) Crisis Line: 1-888-334-2777 . SAFTY is a mobile crisis response service available from 8am to 8pm daily to all Santa Barbara County children and any youth the age of 20 and under.

Child Abuse/Child Welfare Services: 800-367-0166

Elder Abuse/Adult Protective Services: 844-751-6729

Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, Crisis Response & Service Access Line: 1-888-868-1649

Cottage Hospital Emergency Room- Psychiatric Services, West Junipero St. and, Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105: 805-569-7210

SB County Behavioral Wellness Crisis Services, 315 Calle Del Remedio Suite B Santa Barbara, CA 93110: 805-884-6850

Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA): 805-564-3696

Domestic Violence Solutions Crisis Hotline: 805-964-5245


5-Minute Anxiety Relief: Guided Box Breath

Body Scan Meditation to Tame Anxiety

Relax, Ground, and Clear Meditation to Relieve Stress


Grounding Techniques


Stress Management Tips for Kids and Teens

How to Calm Your Worries and Sleep Better

How to Defeat Negative Thinking: An Animation

Brené Brown on Empathy: An Animation


Small Ways to Practice Self-Care in Difficult Times

Student Self-Care


50 Coping Skills for Kids

Student Wellness Ideas During COVID-19

SBUSD Student Wellness Ideas During COVID-19

SOS (Signs of Suicide) and ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell)


The sudden change in home and school life due to COVID-19 can be frustrating and stressful. A lack of regular routine, feeling isolated from friends, and missing out on activities you usually enjoy could be taking its toll. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but it’s important to keep taking care of yourself and looking out for your friends, especially when times are tough.

We want to recognize how challenging this time is for all of us. While wanting to support you from afar, we created videos to let you know that you aren't alone, that there are people who care about you, and who want to support you. At school you have received the SOS (Signs of Suicide) curriculum and learned about an acronym, ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) for when you are worried about yourself or others. This video and infographic are a reminder of those steps during this time of remote learning.

Your teachers, counselors, and administrators are here to support you and are an email or phone call away. We are thinking of you all and hope you are doing well.

Student ACT Video


Student ACT Video English.mp4
ACT infographic for students.pdf


May is Mental Health Awareness Month and research finds that about one in five youth have a mental health condition; yet, less than half of youth with mental health conditions received any kind of treatment in the past year. Undiagnosed, untreated, and inadequately treated mental illnesses significantly interfere with a student’s ability to learn, to grow, and to develop. (

We believe it is important, now more than ever, to provide you with tools and resources to support your child/children.

Please take a moment to check out the linked family-specific video and infographic.

Your students’ teachers, counselors, and administrators are here to support you and are an email or phone call away. We are thinking of you all and hope you are doing well.



Parenting Resources (re: Screen Time, Communication, Independence, Responsibility, etc.) (English and Spanish)

PBS Parent Resources • games, podcasts, shows, and printable activities (ages 2-8, English, some in Spanish)

Second Step has a long list of resources and free lessons for grades Preschool-5 (English)

Inside SEL COVID-19 Resources - List of resources, blog posts, and guides to help students and adults cope during this difficult time.

5 SEL Activities to Play as a Family (elementary, English)

SEL Practices and Activities via Greater Good in Education from UC Berkeley, many that can be adapted for remote learning, can be sorted by grade level and length of activity (English)

Printable SEL activities for families (Elementary, English)

Mindset Works free lessons and printables in English and Spanish

Common Sense Media: SEL Activities (English)

This website, Wide Open School, is from Common Sense Media and 25 organizations that actually seems to be great for many areas, not just SEL. It is currently in English but there is a section for "English Language Learners" for Pre-K-5 and 6-12 that links to resources for Spanish-speaking families, although it's not the same activities as the English page

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement: great online resource with family lessons for home. Requires a login and free account. Includes videos, practice ideas for at home, and printables.


Mind Yeti (for elementary aged): mindfulness videos on YouTube, Vimeo, free, no login required

The Fundamentals of Focus (for high school and older): UCSB training program to increase focus and stress management, free, English only, sign up with invite code: 4BUH91LA Curious? Watch the trailer.




As we approach Winter Break, we wanted to thank you for your perseverance this school year as we continue to navigate these challenging times together as a school community. We have learned about the importance of staying healthy, collaborating with one another, and keeping our loved ones close. In order to continue to support our students and families during the Winter Break, we have put together some resources that we hope you find helpful:

Our incredible students and art departments, along with our school-based therapists from Family Services Agency (FSA), have put together this message of hope, help, and strength for our community. Please watch and enjoy! (Español)

Together with Meghan Kooyman, a school-based therapist with CALM, we have made a bingo card of safe ways to have fun, be well, and celebrate over the break. Please check this out! (Español)

For more ideas on how to keep our bodies and minds healthy, please see our Health & Wellness Resources page on our district website. (Español)

If you need mental health assistance during the winter break, please contact:

ACCESS (Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Crisis and General Help Line, (English/Spanish) at 1-888-868-1649. The ACCESS team can complete a quick assessment and determine the resource that is available during the break to meet individual needs.

SAFTY (8:00am to 8:00pm) 1-888-334-2777

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe by adhering to the guidance we have been asked to follow:

Stay home as much as possible

Limit contact to those in our household

Remember to wear your mask

Practice healthy hygiene

Stay home if you are sick

Keep your distance from those outside your bubble

Wishing you all a peaceful, joyful, and restful Winter Break. We will see you in 2021. Happy New Year!