Student Mental Health Resources



Featured Resources
Engaging Students in their Own Success
Student engagement is not just about academics but a more holistic construct including students’ social, participatory, and emotional engagement in the school community. This presentation presents this more complex view of engagement, how it can be measured, best practices for student engagement, and the OCDE LCAP case study. Presented by Rick Martin and Lucy Vezzuto, PhD. 
This guide provides practical research-based information about how a school and district can plan and implement multi-tiered supports for student mental health. A variety of tools are included such as assessments, action planning  tool, feasibility worksheet, and sustainability planning worksheet.





Local Orange County Resources  

This is a free 24-hr information and referral service for information about: hotlines, food and shelter assistance, help with drug abuse, violence and other health issues. 

Children’s Youth Services-Centralized Assessment Team (CYS-CAT)
CYS-CAT offers emergency psychiatric evaluations for minors under 18. This 24/7 mobile crisis team
responds to schools and other community settings where youth congregate. 1(866) 830-6011
Provides suicide prevention trainings for adults and youth 15 years of age or older. SafeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care. For more extensive adult training the 2-day ASIST training is available. Also provides support groups for survivors after suicide. (310) 895-2329
Help Me Grow Orange County
Connects children and their families to developmental services to enhance the development, behavior and learning of children birth through five years. Parents, caregivers, child care providers, early educators and health care providers can access developmental services for all young children who live in Orange County.
1(866) 476-9025
Human Options Hotline
This is a 24-hr bilingual hotline and shelter for battered women and their children.
(949) 737-5242 or (877) 854-3594
National Alli​ance on Mental Illness Orange County (NAMI OC) Warm Line
Call the warm line if you are lonely or confused, have a substance abuse and/or mental health concern or need information about available mental health services.offered for families and support groups. NAMI trainings for school settings include: Free education meetings for parents, School Outreach trainings for students an Multi-week programs d staff (Parents and Teachers as Allies). Services in multiple languages
NAMI Warm Line (714) 991-6412
Live chat available at
For education program information call the Santa Ana office (714) 544.8488
A new Orange County information and referral phone service for mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, prevention and intervention for all age groups. Hosted by the OC Health Care Agency. Post this informational flyer at your workplace, community center, faith-based organization, etc. Here's a brochure with more information. Call: 855.625.4657 or go online:

Orange County Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
A list of services organized by Orange County region with payment information.

Project Renew
Project RENEW (Reaching Everyone Needing Effective Wrap), serves Orange County children from birth to age 18, who are seriously emotional disturbed (SED) or seriously mentally ill (SMI). The program focuses on unserved or underserved children and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Hotline
This is a 24-hr suicide prevention crisis hotline and can provide help to cope with survivor grief or loss.
(877) 727-4747
Teen Crisis Line
For youth ages 12-17, provides help for pregnant youth and runaways. Spanish spoken.
(800) 914-2272

The Kinship Center Canyon Acres Ranch
The Kinship Center provides individual, family, and group counseling to children up to age 21 and their families on issues such as adoption adjustment, attachment difficulties, anxiety, grief, depression, attention deficit disorder, family conflict, behavioral symptoms and more. For more information on hours, payment options and the types of services and support groups Canyon Acres offers click here.
(714) 383-9337

The Well Program
The Well Program is a children’s mental health outreach and engagement program that promotes emotional and social well-being in Orange County’s children and youth in unserved and underserved communities.
(888) 955-6570

Student Mental Health Resource Portals & Search Engines
A to Z Disorder Guide

The New York University Child Study Center (CSC) provides an overview of a number of children’s mental health disorders as well as related articles, organizations, and websites where you can find in-depth information on each topic.

As part of the Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative statewide coordination activities, the Sacramento County Office of Education has developed a website that features a clearinghouse of resources for educators and others. In their clearinghouse of resources you will find school-based prevention and early identification strategies that promote student mental health.

Children's Mental Health Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom
The Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) provides information on a variety of mental health disorders with a description of symptoms, educational implications, instructional strategies and classroom accommodations, and resources for each disorder.
The California Department of Education provides strategies, key resources, and training in psychological and mental health issues, including coping with tragedy, crisis intervention and prevention, school psychology and suicide prevention.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ( SAMHSA) has developed a searchable online registry of more than 260 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. We connect members of the public to intervention developers so they can learn how to implement these approaches in their communities.​
A wealth of information on teen behavior including presentations and publications. Information is developed by Dalhousie University's faculty of medicine for families, teens, educators and health professionals. Submit your questions to Dr. Stan Kutcher by clicking on "Ask an Expert".
The UCLA School Mental Health Project Center for Mental Health in Schools has developed a search engine consisting of documents, resources and tools searchable by mental health topic.

Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Student Mental Health Resources
The Center focuses on improving all student health, wellness, fitness and readiness to learn. A multi-disciplinary team of experts is available to provide training, tools and resources to teachers, administrators, parents, local agencies and community organizations.
Conflict Resolution
OCDE offers school-based violence prevention education services, provides conflict resolution training and support at no cost for public and private schools and community organizations.   
The OCDE Emergency Preparedness provides you with easy access to pertinent emergency preparedness information and resources as they relate to schools throughout Orange County.

Eliminating Barriers to Learning: Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues
Presentation slides from the one-day school staff training presented by OCDE's Student Mental Health Initiative team.
Safe from the Start: Violence Prevention Education and Parent Education
The OC Safe from the Start vision is to empower individuals, families, organizations, and communities to reduce children's early exposure to violence and reinforce the belief that every "Every Orange County Child is My Concern."  This public health campaign is a comprehensive strategy to assist communities in reducing the impact of violence on children.  The initiative targets children ages 0 to 18 with an emphasis on children ages 0 to 5, who have been exposed to family, school and /or community violence.
​​This Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Leadership Team provides training, coaching, and systems evaluation for Orange County Schools developing a systems approach to school -wide positive discipline in order to improve the social-emotional and academic outcomes of ALL students.
School Safety
OCDE School Safety provides violence prevention and interventions on issues such as bullying, cyber-bullying, and gangs/drugs are critical components of creating an effective Safe School Plan and supports students in effectively learning in a safe school environment.

Additional Student Mental Health Resources 
Behavior Management & Discipline
Education Week newsletter presents articles that explore alternative approaches to suspension or expulsion.

Cyber-Bullying Video Library (Archived Webinars)
OCDE School Safety presents a library on cyber-bullying in regards to prevention, responses, challenges, and school climate. 
(Archived Presentation)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an archived bullying prevention webinar series that  explores how local communities can activate partnerships and utilize train-the-trainer resources to create positive change in bullying prevention.

Bullying: What's School Climate Got to Do with It?  (Presentation Slides)
What is school climate and how does it impact student behavior? What school factors facilitate bullying behaviors? What school factors decrease bullying? What school-wide practices prevent and reduce bullying?

Childhood Bereavement
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students provides educators with the information and advice to better understand and meet the needs of students experiencing loss.


College Guide for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities created this resource to start a conversation about mental health among college students, families and educators.


The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) presents a book for school mental health professional that offers individual, group, and school-level interventions and resources for depression in children and adolescents.  

Health & Well-being
"New State of Mind” is a documentary that features the stories of individuals who refuse to stay silent while untreated mental illness takes an unnecessary toll on our families and communities. The film was produced  as part of the California Each Mind Matters movement which aims to increase the number of people who seek help for mental challenges by reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.​​
A website that offers health related support and advice for parents, teens, and young children. The website contains information on body image, love and relationships, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, fitness, and more.
This brief, prepared by the National Association of School Psychologists, is a listing of research study findings.
Speak Our Minds is an online resource for millions of Californians coming together to fight stigma and promote awareness, compassion and acceptance. Speak Our Minds makes it easy to find a mental health speaker, and offers tools to help speakers sharpen their stigma-fighting skills.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Whole Child Initiative focuses on the whole child approach to learning and policies, practices, data, strategies, and tools that ensure that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.


This document is intended to provide a summary of the critical information available for educators and parents on helping teens who self-injure to insure that every teen gets the most appropriate and comprehensive consideration.


Social-Emotional-Character Development 
The Orange County Department of Education Character Education English-Language Arts Project is a set of sample classroom lesson plans that infuse character education and social-emotional learning into the English-Language Arts curriculum. The lessons in this database are free for educational use and searchable by character trait (respect, responsibility, integrity and related traits), grade level, literature title, and California English-Language Arts Standards Tool.
Do you want to adopt a program to help students enhance their physical and emotional health and reduce problem behaviors? This article describes criteria based on theory, research, and best educational practice that identify key social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies and program features that educators who adopt these programs should consider.

Students' Perspective on Mental Health
ReachOut is an information and support service  written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults 
using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues. 
A grassroots support network that connects, organizes, and empowers the voices of America’s underrepresented students.
The National Assembly on School-Based Healthcare (NASBHC) explains how to make students' feel supported, both in school and in other areas of their lives and how adults at schools should respond to students with mental health problems.


Helping Teenagers Deal with Stress
Teenagers, like adults, may experience stress everyday and can benefit from learning stress management skills.  For parents, this resource provides information about how they can help their teen cope with stress.

SOS Stressed Out Students: Presentation for Parents
Learn about stress and how it can impact your teen and what you can do about it.

The website provides basic information to teens on stress in addition to coping strategies, relaxation practices, and advice on managing difficult emotions.
Stressed Teens teaches mindfulness skills and provides tools for those in their pre-teen years through latter adolescence in addition to mindful suggestions for parents and families.
Ten Things You Should Know About Stress
Eric Jensen, CEO of Jensen Learning, provides a list of useful information on stress and suggests practical ways to better manage stress in your everyday life.
A KidsHealth® Kids poll explored what kids stress about the most, how they cope with these feelings, and what they want their parents to do about it.

On-going stress without healthy coping strategies can have an impact on youth development, learning and behavior. This is an introductory presentation that addresses what youth say about their stress, the physiology of stress, signs and symptoms, and some core strategies to teach students to reduce their stress.

A toolkit by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) that consists of recommendations by national experts, school-based personnel, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals on how to address the aftermath of a suicide.
Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools
This toolkit addresses suicide prevention and responses to suicidal behaviors in three irrevocably interconnected and interdependent areas: 1. Promotion of mental and physical health and well-being 2. Intervention in a suicidal crisis
3. Postvention response to a suicidal death.
Foster Parents Preventing Suicide
An article by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) that explains ways that foster parents can identify at-risk youth, intervene, and get the youth connected to help.
Know the Signs
Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources.
This document outlines model policies and best practices for school districts to follow to protect the health and safety of all students. As suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 10-19, it is critically important that school districts have policies and procedures in place to prevent, assess the risk of, intervene in, and respond to youth suicidal behavior.  Here's a one-page fact sheet about the policy. Click link above for the complete policy document.
Preventing Adolescent Suicide: What You Need to Know
Presentation slides from the January 9, 2014 training presented by Didi Hirsch Agency at Orange County Dept. of Education.
A toolkit by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that consists of strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among students.
The L.A. County Youth Suicide Prevention Project has a whole page of web-based resources on self-injurious behavior including cutting. One web resource cited is Educators and Self-Injury and it provides information on how to recognize, understand, and respond to self-injury.
Teen Suicide, Mood Disorder, and Depression
An article that explains causes and warning signs for suicide, facts and myths associated with suicide, and what you can do to reduce the risk of suicide in teens.
The Role of First Responders in Preventing Suicide
An article by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) discussing how to recognize warning signs of suicide, how to help suicide attempters and survivors, and also to how​ to help yourself and your fellow first responders.
This website has been especially developed for the 80 school districts within Los Angeles County, to provide administrators, staff, parents, and students with the most up-to-date information about the prevention, intervention, and postvention of suicide among our youth.

Talking with Parents about Mental Health
Parents and Teachers as Allies  (Archived Presentation)
This article helps school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents and how to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains ways that you can help young children, toddlers, and preschoolers recover from a crisis
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains how children at different ages experience traumatic events and ways that schools can respond.

Child Development and Trauma: Considerations for Educators ​ 2/24/15  Webinar slides
Learn about trauma, the impacts of trauma on youth, and the strategies and resources for educators to support students and families experiencing trauma. Presented by Alicia Rozum, Director, Mental Health, California School-based Health Alliance

Helping a Child Manage Fears After a Traumatic Event
This article discusses steps on how to help children manage their feelings after a traumatic event. These steps include understanding their fears, offering reassurance, and providing routines that will help them feel loved and secure.
Helping Your Teenager Cope After a Traumatic Event
This article explains how to help your teenager cope with a traumatic event with suggestions on ways to talk with your teenager, support your teenager, and keep strong as a parent.
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) states that children’s reactions to shootings are greatly dependent on how parents, teachers, and caregivers respond to the event. This article explains common reactions and ways to take care of yourself and children.
Parent Tips for Helping School-age Children After Disasters
The Psychological First Aid (PFA) presents a clearly defined table explaining reactions, responses, and examples of things to do and say to school-age children after a disaster.
PBIS and Trauma Informed Schools
A slide presentation that presents an overview of the effects of trauma on children, PBIS and trauma-informed schools, and the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explores the physiological reactions to a shooting such as the reactions to danger, post-traumatic stress, grief, traumatic grief, depression, physical symptoms, trauma and loss reminders, and post-violent stress adversities, in addition to the consequences to these reactions.
Recognizing Trauma in the Classroom
This article addresses childhood trauma in the context of schools in the United States and presents strategies for addressing symptoms of trauma evident in certain student behavior patterns.
Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) explains how to communicate effectively with your children and suggests answers to common questions regarding the aftermath of a mass shooting.
Self and Collective Care of Youth-Serving Adults
This archived webinar video by REL and WestEd presents a rationale for providing stress-management supports to adults who serve youth. One of the programs highlighted is the OCDE Resilient Mindful Learner project that provides stress management and mindfulness training for teachers and training to integrate into the classroom routine stress-reduction practices for students.
Taking Care of Yourself After a Traumatic Event
This article helps in understanding emotional reactions to traumatic events and tragedies, including frightening emergencies and sudden losses, with suggestions about coping and getting help.
Talking to Children about the Shooting
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers tips on how to talk to children about a shooting.
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains how to protect your children from exposure to graphic and distressful media while still informing them of the news related to the traumatic event that took place.
Trauma Informed Education and Mental Health Practice (Archived Presentation)
A presentation explaining brain development, the impact of trauma, the cross system collaborations, and evidence based practices and models to treat children affected by trauma.
Trauma Informed Education, Mental Health, and Child Welfare Practice (References and Links) 
A list of links and references on trauma informed education, mental health and child welfare. 
Understanding and Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences in the School Setting
This presentation at the Southern Region Student Wellness Conference in July 2015 addresses traumatic experiences of youth, the impacts of these experiences, and how schools can respond. Presented by Pam Kahn and Lucy Vezzuto PhD.

Youth Mental Health
A Pediatrician Talks about Youth Mental Health (webinar slides)
This presentation addresses common mental health disorders, risk factors, difference between normal behavior and a disorder, understanding referral resources and professional collaboration in support of students with mental health issues.