A NEW RESOURCE: Family Guide to Supporting Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being INFORMATION, TIPS, AND RESOURCES

In partnership with the California Department of Educattion and WestEd, California Safe and Supportive Schools has announced the release of a guide helps parents and other adult family members and caregivers navigate supporting the overall well-being and mental health of school-aged children, including tips for what can be difficult conversations. The guide is called the Family Guide to Supporting Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being INFORMATION, TIPS, AND RESOURCES.

Key topics and tips include:

  • example conversation starters to help open lines of communication with children and teens;
  • enjoyable ways to connect, develop wellness routines, and create well-being practices as a family;
  • information addressing mental health myths, including the specific needs and increased challenges facing young people who identify as LGBTQ+;
  • information on how to recognize signs that a child is bullying or being bullied;
  • tools to create a family media plan that sets boundaries around technology and gives children the skills to be online safely using age-appropriate platforms; and
  • tips for partnering with schools to access mental health and family wellness resources and supports.
Mental Health Resources

District Specific Mental Health Resources

Conejo Valley Unified School District

Social-Emotional and Mental Health Resources and Supports: https://www.conejousd.org/Page/1755

Mental Health and Wellness Resources: https://www.conejousd.org/Page/2047

Student Support Services: https://www.conejousd.org/Page/1661


Fillmore Unified School District

Special Education/Health Services: https://www.fillmoreusd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=369900&type=d&pREC_ID=831976

Student Services: https://www.fillmoreusd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=511284&type=d&pREC_ID=1033048


Hueneme Elementary School District

Health Services: https://www.huensd.k12.ca.us/page/health-services

Student Support Services: https://www.huensd.k12.ca.us/page/student-support-services


Moorpark Unified School District

Health Services: https://www.mrpk.org/districtoffice/instructional-and-support-services/health

Wellness Committee: https://www.mrpk.org/districtoffice/instructional-and-support-services/wellness-committee

Instructional and Support Services: https://www.mrpk.org/districtoffice/instructional-and-support-services


Oak Park Unified School District 

Student Support and School Safety: https://www.oakparkusd.org/domain/1402

Wellness Policy: https://www.oakparkusd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=10234

Wellness Council: https://www.oakparkusd.org/Page/68


Oxnard School District 

Health Services: https://www.oxnardsd.org/Domain/1387

Equity, Family, and Community Engagement: https://www.oxnardsd.org/Domain/5969


Ojai Unified School District 

Mental Health Services: https://www.ojaiusd.org/page/mental-health-services

Student and Family Support Services: https://www.ojaiusd.org/page/student-and-family-support


Oxnard Union High School District

Student Health Resources: https://www.oxnardunion.org/students/student-health-resources

Health Education: https://www.oxnardunion.org/students/health-education 


Pleasant Valley School District

Health Services: https://www.pleasantvalleysd.org/domain/3069

Wellness Programs: https://www.pleasantvalleysd.org/Page/3429


Rio School District

Counselor Corner: https://rioschools.org/counselor-corner/

Pupil Personnel Services: https://rioschools.org/departments/pupil-personnel-services/

Student/Family Services: https://rioschools.org/departments/studentfamily-services/

Rio School District Projects: https://rioschools.org/projects/


Santa Paula Unified School District

Mental Health/Suicide Prevention: https://www.santapaulausd.org/departments1/human-resources/certificated-human-resources/student-support-services/mental-healthsuicide-prevention 

Student Support Services: https://www.santapaulausd.org/departments1/human-resources/certificated-human-resources/student-support-services


Simi Valley Unified School District

Health Services - School Nurses: https://www.simivalleyusd.org/district/educational-services/student-support-services/health-services-school-nurses

Mental Health & Student Wellness: https://www.simivalleyusd.org/students/mental-health-student-wellness

Student Support Services: https://www.simivalleyusd.org/district/educational-services/student-support-services


Ventura Unified School District

Health Services: https://www.venturausd.org/services/health-services

Mental Health Resources: https://www.venturausd.org/services/mental-health-resources

Student Support Services: https://www.venturausd.org/services/student-support-services

Ventura County Mental Health Resources

There are great resources found in the Wellness Every Day website overseen by Ventura County Behavioral Health. These include resources for depression, suicide, LGBTQ+, and more. To visit the website please click on following link: (English) https://www.wellnesseveryday.org/ (Español) https://www.saludsiemprevc.org/



Interface Children & Family Services is Ventura County's most comprehensive nonprofit social services agency providing direct, responsive, wrap-around services to address the complex needs of their clients and community. Interface's Mental Health program recently introduced "Phoenix Project", which educates school personnel and parents county-wide about the impact of wildfire-related trauma and the warning signs of trauma on youth (K-12). In addition, Interface is providing evidence-based mental health services to students impacted by the 2018 Thomas and Woolsey Fires. Text "Phoenix" to 211 for resources and support, as well as additonal information in English or Spanish regarding access to services.


211 Ventura County connects people to health information, social services and referrals through a comprehensive resources database, including information on where to find food banks, mental health services, financial assistance and much more. Call 211 or visit their website: (English) https://211ventura.org/ (Español) https://211ventura.org/inicio/


The Ventura County Behavioral Health Department (VCBH) provides mental health and substance abuse services available to residents. For more information on all services VCBH provides click on the following link https://www.vcbh.org/services/overview 


NAMI Ventura County provides emotional support, education and resource for those with a mental illness. NAMI "...advocate for a life of quality and dignity—one without discrimination—for all people affected by this illness." https://namiventura.org/


Diversity Collective, the parent organization to the Rainbow Umbrella Program, is a nonprofit that promotes the advocacy, education, mental and physical health for the LGBTQ+ community throughout Ventura County. Some of the services Diversity Collective provides includes guided meditation, youth  peer-based support groups, and free counseling. https://www.diversitycollectivevc.org/



Proyecto Esperanza provides mental health services to residents in the Santa Paula area. They offer volunteer opportunities and classes through their Esperanza Project Activity Center. You can follow their Facebook page at @esperanzaprojectsantapaula or contact them here.


One Step A La Vez provides services and resources to youth in Fillmore and Piru. This includes support for homeless teens and young adults, LGBTQ+ support, food access, and more. Many of the meetings that would have been held in-person are now available via Zoom. A calendar of upcoming dates can be found at the bottom of the home page. osalv.org/calendar.html


Kids & Families Together provides support, education, and counseling to individuals and families in foster/resource car, kinship care, legal guardianship, adoption, and birth families. Their programs encompass in-home family therapy, psychoeducation, support groups and more. https://www.kidsandfamilies.org/


State and National Mental Health Resources

Know the Signs is a statewide marketing campaign that focuses on three key messages. 1. Know the Signs related to Suicide. 2. Find the words to begin the conversation. 3. Reach out. https://www.suicideispreventable.org/


The Trevor Project is a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/


AB-5 The Safe and Supportive Schools Act requires the development of an online training delivery platform and curriculum to support LGBTQ+ cultural competency training for teachers and other certificated employees serving pupils in grades 7 to 12 by July 1, 2025. Reference the full assembly bill here. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202320240AB5


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available to everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone who calls in will receive free and confidential emotional support. https://988lifeline.org/


The Help for Students in Crisis subpage on the California Department of Education website contains many different resources, hotlines, and organizations for addressing mental health and wellness at school sites. https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/mh/studentcrisishelp.asp


The California Youth Crisis Line (1-800-843-5200) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide crisis intervention counseling and resource referrals via online chat, text, and through the phone. Professionally trained staff and volunteer counselors discuss in confidence and without judgement suicide, depression, human trafficking, trauma, and more with the caller. https://calyouth.org/cycl/



The Jason Foundation dedicates its work to prevent the "Silent Epidemic" of youth suicides through education and awareness. To find more information on how to get involved or training visit the Jason Foundation Website. https://jasonfoundation.com/


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention organization empowers its community through research, education and advocacy to take action against suicide and those affected by suicide. To find more information and local chapters visit https://afsp.org/


Society For Adolescent Health and Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development, and research. Adolescence is a time of dramatic changes in a young person's life - SAHM provides a list of Clinical Care Resources that are intended to provide guidance and resources to young adult health care providers and youth serving professionals. https://adolescenthealth.org/


What is Love teaches young people, parents and schools how to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships. With this new understanding, we teach them how to avoid abuse and how to love in a healthy way. We use a whole-school restorative approach to building healthy relationships, equipping every school with the knowledge and tools they need to strengthen school climate, safety, and connectedness. https://www.what-is-love.org/


Last updated December 29, 2023.