Community Partners and Resources

We are a unique coalition of organizations and individuals, working together to achieve our vision to: stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. We welcome membership from any organization or individual that supports this vision and support a free network of thousands of schools and colleges. 
 
Anti Defamation League
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public.
 
Community Boards
Community Boards continues to be a leader in community mediation and conflict resolution education. We provide a range of low-cost, competitively priced mediation, facilitation and training services.
 
Center Of Excellence
Workforce Education and Training for Orange County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Provides the community, social services providers, law enforcement, school districts, teachers, students and other interested persons with information on mental health issues, chronic mental illness issues and the recovery model.
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.
 
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators (including teachers, paraprofessionals, and other instructional staff), principals, assistant principals, superintendents, school board members, and central office staff, student support personnel (including school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers, and other student support personnel), and other school professionals who have come together with a common conviction: grieving students need the support and care of the school community.

Continuum of Care
Communities provide different types of treatment programs and services for children and adolescents with mental illnesses. A complete range of programs and services is called the continuum of care. Not every community has every type of service or program on the continuum. The Orange County Health Care Agency provides many of the services on the continuum of care.
The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as "Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices." It is also known as "cyber bullying," "electronic bullying," "e-bullying," "sms bullying," "mobile bullying," "online bullying," "digital bullying," or "Internet bullying." The Center also explores other adolescent behaviors online including sexting, problematic social networking practices, and a variety of issues related to digital citizenship.
 
With 75 years of experience, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services transforms lives by providing quality mental health care and substance use treatment in communities where stigma or poverty limit access.  From 11 sites and in nearly 100 schools, the agency helps almost 100,000 adults and children throughout Southern California each year. Its Suicide Prevention Center - the first in the nation to provide 24/7 crisis counseling - receives over 80,000 calls on its Crisis Line annually and provides support groups for people who have lost loved ones to suicide or have attempted it.
 
The mission of the Family Violence Project is to increase the percentage of California children growing up in healthy and safe homes, free of family violence. We offer the community 3 unique and powerful programs designed to accomplish this mission.
 
Finding a Therapist 
Provides links and numbers to licensed professional organizations to help find a therapist
 
For Families
For Families section of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website, includes resources and information about the continuum of care, facts for families about mental illness and issues facing children, teenagers and their families.
 
The Headington Institute partners with humanitarian relief and development organizations and emergency responders, before, during, and after deployment in order to ensure the wellbeing of individuals. Our team of psychologists, many with over 30 years of clinical experience, bridge cutting edge academic research with practical application at the field level, in order to strengthen the impact of humanitarian response and promote the long-term wellbeing of humanitarian personnel.

 

HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response

The mission of HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response is to provide comfort and encouragement through animal-assisted support to individuals affected by crises and disasters. 

 
Human Options 
Human Options’ mission is to help battered women, their families and our community break the cycle of domestic violence.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act requires districts to ensure homeless students have access to education and other services they need to meet the same high academic achievement standards as all students.
 MediaSmarts has been developing digital and medial literacy programs and resources for Candadian homes, schools, and communities since 1996. Through our work we support adults with information and tools so they can help childen and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the medial they love.
 
The Mental Health Association of Orange County is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Orange County residents impacted by mental illness through direct service, advocacy, education and information dissemination.
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance's Mix It Up program helps K-12 teachers develop inclusive school communities. Site has program activities and easy downloads.
 
NAMI Orange County conducts free educational programs, meetings and support groups throughout the entire county addressing every aspect of mental health. Please take a few minutes to browse through our web site to learn more about our many free programs, educational meetings, support groups and advocacy we provide for those families and clients dealing with the affects of mental illness.
Programs and Services for people whose lives are affected by serious mental illness
 
National Center for Mental Health Promotions and Youth Violence Prevention.
Realizing the Promise of the Whole School Approach to Childrens Mental Health:
A Practical Guide for Schools, February, 2011 Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) guide to implementing mental health promotion and prevention programs in elementary and middle schools. This guide enables school and community practitioners to join together for children’s mental health in schools; provides a practical, hands-on approach with examples from SS/HS sites; describes the phases and steps for effective implementation; offers strategies for addressing predictable barriers; and provides tools and links to existing tools.
 
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS).
This site includes, research, funding and mental health information. NIMH mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through basic and clinical research, paying the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
 
No Name-Calling Week
No Name-Calling Week in an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.
211 offers where to get help in Orange county. Contains Services and Service Providers in Orange county and offers information in multiple languages to those who call 211.
 
Orange County Department of Education(OCDE) 
The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is a public education organization based on fundamental human values of honesty, commitment, responsibility, respect, integrity, and professional ethics. Our priority is service to students, districts and the community who look to us for support and educational leadership
 
Orange County Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services 
Community resources and information for mental health
http://www.ochealthinfo.com/mhsa
Prevention and Early Intervention, general information
http://ochealthinfo.com/mhsa/pei/
 
Orange County Human Relations
Provides inter-ethnic relations program and videos on youth violence and diversity issues
 
Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA) 
The Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA)operates under the policy direction of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the California Departments of Social Services and Health Services. SSA is responsible for planning, implementing, and operating many of the social services programs provided by the County of Orange. Funding for programs comes from state, federal, and county sources.
 
Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network (OCSAPN) 
OCSAPN purpose is to promote and enhance the quality, quantity, coordination, and cooperation of positive youth development programs and prevention services in Orange County.
 
PAL® Peer Assistance Leadership The PAL® program encourages PAL students and their peers to make healthy life decisions, and provides opportunities to create a supportive and safe school environment. PAL supports students’ healthy lifestyles by building resiliency and assets through youth leadership, mentoring, conflict resolution, cross-age teaching, peer helping, service learning, and prevention activities. PAL advisor trainings are offered through the Orange County Department of Education
As Orange County’s official child abuse prevention organization, The Raise Foundation is dedicated to stopping the cycle of abuse through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children.
 
Safe School Ambassadors 
The Community Matter's Safe Schools Ambassadors® program empowers leaders from the diverse groups and cliques on campus and equips them with nonviolent communication and intervention skills to stop bullying and violence among the peers.
 
School-Family Partnership Strategies to Enhance Children’s Social, Emotional, and Academic Growth This brief provides educators with strategies to promote children’s social, emotional, and academic development using school-family partnerships. We begin with an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL) and school-family partnerships (SFPs) and a discussion of the important relationship of SFPs and SEL, which we illustrate with examples from an SFP framework. We conclude with suggestions of how educators can immediately begin to apply these strategies to build and nurture successful SFPs.
 
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' website geared towards elementary students. Learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it.
 
Stop-Gap players 
Stop Gap offers plays and workshops designed to help youth, adults and elders identify and address situations that challenge them in their daily lives. Theatrical prevention presentations include topics such as date rape, substance abuse, prejudice, alcoholism in the family, conflict resolution, and decision making for elementary and secondary grades.
 
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
 
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under grant no. 5U79SM062297 and is located at Education Development Center.
 
A major reason for the TIP Program is to prevent what mental health professionals call the “Second Injury.” The Second Injury is a victim’s perspective that the emergency system did not provide the support needed after a tragic event. Emergency personnel simply do not have the time to provide this support. In Orange County, they call TIP Volunteers who can prevent a second injury. In parts of the county which do not have a TIP Program, second injuries reported by victims are common.
 
Violence Prevention Coalition Orange County (VPCOC) 
VPCOC is the only countywide affiliation of businesses, community organizations, public and private agencies, and individuals promoting violence prevention through a public health approach in Orange County, California.
 
 A nonprofit resource helping people find their way. Whether redirecting youth offenders, helping sheltered children get back on track, unifying troubled families, resolving community conflicts or empowering victims of violence, Waymkers clear the path so clients can advance beyond crisis.
 
Western Youth Services (WYS) 
Western Youth Services (WYS) is a private, non-profit human service agency with 30 years of service to the communities of Orange County. WYS provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents and families at strategically located clinics throughout the county. WYS serves over 6,000 clients a year.