Mental Health Support

What Is School-Based Mental Health Support?

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School offers short-term individual or as-needed counseling to students. Parents/guardians or school staff may refer students for counseling or students may request counseling. There is no fee for school-based counseling. Counseling services can include: a consultation with parent or guardian, classroom observation, group support, one-on-one counseling, crisis intervention and/or education. If it is determined that your child would benefit from continued counseling for a longer period of time or increased frequency, referrals will be provided for additional support outside of the school system. School counseling services are short-term services aimed to improve academic, personal, and social-emotional development and are not intended as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment for any mental health disorder. School-based mental health services are provided by a licensed clinician in the state of California or someone undergoing training to become licensed. Please email [email protected] for information about available mental health support for your student at SLVMS or call (831)335-0576 to be connected to our SLVMS Mental Health Specialist directly. You may also contact SLVMS Principal Terry Redfern at [email protected] or (831)335-4452. 


Crisis Mental Health Resources:


If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away:

  • Call your doctor’s office.
  • Call 911 for emergency services.
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you. 
  • Ask a family member or friend to help you make these calls or take you to the hospital.

If You Have a Family Member or Friend in a Crisis: If you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek help immediately from an emergency room, physician, or mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die. Even if you do not believe your family member or friend will actually attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from your help in receiving mental health treatment.

If you are not in imminent danger but need immediate crisis support call: (800) 952-2335 / (24-hours a day for Santa Cruz County residents to assess for hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis.)

A crisis line is a service that provides free, confidential support and resources for people in emotional distress. The service is provided by a trained crisis counselor on the phone and in some cases by text and/or chat. You can call or text for help with someone you're worried about or for yourself.
  • Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (1-877-ONE-LIFE) 
  • Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-952-2335 (Immediate crisis support to assess for hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis)
  • NAMI Santa Cruz County Help Line: 1-831-427-8020 ext.7 (For individuals and family members affected by mental illness interested in learning more about local resources and navigating the mental healthcare system. Leave a message; you'll receive a callback within 24 hours)
  • Crisis Text Line (Available 24/7) Text HOME to 741-741 
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+) Text START to 678-678 / 1-866-488-7386
  • Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-888-900-4232  (Immediate crisis response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, 24/7, bilingual)
  • Walnut Avenue 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-269-2559 (bilingual)
  • National 24-Hour Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 / Free counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-causes disasters (COVID-19 included)
  • Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Child Abuse and Neglect Report Line:1-877-505-3299 Tip Sheet (English)-, Tip Sheet (Spanish)-

  • Parental Stress 24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-632-8188
  • Suicide Prevention Services of the Central Coast: 831-459-9373

Local Mental Health Resources:

  • 2-1-1 (24-Hour Help Line) Dial 2-1-1 / (Basic information and social services within Santa Cruz County) / For information on Coronavirus text "COVID19" to 211-211 or visit
  • Santa Cruz Behavioral Health / Crisis Stabilization Program1-831-600-2800 (24-hour emergency response stabilization unit for Mental Health Crisis for Youth & Adults)
  • Santa Cruz County MERT (Mobile Emergency Response & Crisis Mental Health Team)1-800-952-2335
  • Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health (ACCESS) (Adult & Children's Mental Health Services) 831-454-4170 or 1-800-952-2335 24-hours a day / Walk-in crisis services are available (Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM) 1400 Emeline Avenue, Bldg. K. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 How to Receive Mental Health Services
  • Mountain Community Resources (Felton) 831-335-6600 (Basic Needs, Counseling Services, Parent Education, Food Distribution) / 6134 Highway 9, Felton CA, 95018
  • Encompass Community Services (831) 469-1700 (Youth, Family, Individual & Substance-Use Counseling services) /
  • Hospice of Santa Cruz County (831) 430-3000 (Grief Support Services for Adults & Youth, offering phone & telehealth services at this time) /
  • Positive Discipline Community Resources / (831) 476-7284 x107 (Parenting Support, Education, & Classes, offering virtual support groups weekly at this time)
  • Diversity Center Santa Cruz County (LGBTQ+ Resources for Youth, Adults, Parents, and Families in Santa Cruz County, currently offering virtual support groups at this time)/ (831) 425-5422 /
  • Family Services Agency of the Central Coast 831-423-9444 x200 (Youth, Family, & Individual Counseling, serves Medi-Cal & Sliding Scale, Offering telehealth services at this time) 
  • Scotts Valley Counseling Center (831)706-6962 (Offering telehealth services at this time, serves Medi-Cal)
  • Collaborative Counseling Center (831) 588-8032  (Offers individual, family, group, and outpatient services; Serves Medi-Cal; offering telehealth services at this time)
  • Psychology Today (Information on how to find a therapist utilizing your insurance)
  • California Peer Run Hotline1-855-845-7415 (Non-emergency resources for anyone in California seeking emotional support) 
  • Coastal Turning Point (831) 234-2010 (Substance Use Treatment for Youth & Adults; Accepts Medi-Cal)
  • Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center (831)426-3062
  • Monarch Services (831) 425-4030 (Immediate crisis response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault)
  • Shine-A-Light Counseling Center (831) 996-1222 (Offering Telehealth services currently, sliding-scale, Medi-Cal based counseling services)
  • The Camp Recovery Center  (831) 431-8056 (Drug and alcohol addiction and treatment)
  • Janus of Santa Cruz (831) 462-1060 (Substance Use Program for Adults)
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 831-427-8020 x 7 (Help Line) / (Information for families and individuals for those living with mental illness) 
CZU Lightning Complex Fire Resources:
  • County Children’s Behavioral Health (Medi-Cal)-, 1-800-952-2335 English and Spanish. The county is offering in-person services at shelter locations, can help people navigate to a MediCal provider countywide and/or give referral information for insurance providers.
  • Encompass Community Services-, Youth Services Intake: 831-429-8350 English and Spanish. Offering 1-3 FREE crisis response counseling sessions for all youth and families in Santa Cruz County impacted by the local fires.Can help navigate permanent counseling and/or transition to MediCal if qualified. Primarily offering virtual sessions with limited in-person capability in outside locations in both north & south county.
  • Family Service Agency- Line: 831-423-9444
    English and Spanish. Will take school referrals and offers MediCal and sliding scale fees. See weblink for K-12 referral form. Offering virtual services at this time. Primarily focused on north and mid-county.
  • Parents Center- 530 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Main Line: 831-426-7322
    English and Spanish.Offers family and individual therapy to MediCal clients currently, and primarily serving people via in-person sessions in north & south county.
  • Frontline Workers Counseling Project-[email protected]
    Free counseling from private practice therapists offering pro-bono services to essential front line workers during COVID-19. SF Bay Area group serving Santa Cruz County; see website for eligibility.
  • Santa Cruz Community Health Centers (MediCal) -, 831-427-3500 Provides affordable and comprehensive medical and behavioral health services in English and Spanish regardless of ability to pay. Located in Santa Cruz and Live Oak.
  • Salud Para La Gente (MediCal) -, 831-728-0222
    Provides affordable and comprehensive medical and behavioral health services in English and Spanish, regardless of ability to pay. Located in Watsonville.
  • Other Private Insurance (Kaiser, HealthNet, Blue Cross, Etc.)
    Search local therapist listings that accept specific private insurance, or call the contact # on your card.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)- Some families can also ask their employer about counseling available through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); Please ask your HR Dept for contact info.
Santa Cruz County Office of Education Mental Health & Resource Page: