Crisis Hotlines and Resources
- Contact the San Diego Access & Crisis Line, if you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis and needs immediate help. Trained and experienced counselors are available to provide support, referrals, and crisis intervention. The call is free and confidential. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
Crisis Line 888-724-7240 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day)
Live chat M-F 4:00 – 10:00 pm
TDD/TTY Dial 711
- 211 San Diego
- Directory of Behavioral Health Services Providers
- Mental Health America of San Diego County
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego
- Call the National Parent Helpline: 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. They are available M-F 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
- San Diego County Behavioral Health Services
Apps for Well-Being
- Calm– Find your calm, sleep more, stress less, and live better.
- Calm Harm – Manages Self Harm is a free app that provides teens with dozens of ways to derail self-harm impulses. Five- and 15-minute activities and an in-app timer help users turn their attention to healthier ways to handle emotions and manage impulses to hurt themselves.
- Clear Fear provides you with a range of ways to manage the symptoms of anxiety.
- Happify– App for stress and worry
- Headspace– App for meditation and sleep
- Insight Timer– App for sleep, anxiety, and stress
- Intend– A simple, powerful way to focus your intention, raise awareness, change behavior, and elevate mood. What do you intend to do today?
- Mindshift TM CBT is a help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.
- Peak– Brain training. Reach Peak performance with over 40 unique games, each one developed by neuroscientists and game experts to challenge your cognitive skills and push you further.
Websites for Well-Being
- Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
- Mindful Schools trains, guides, and connects educators on a journey to deepen their mindfulness practice and cultivate mindful learning environments that allow everyone in the school community to thrive
- Put a stressful thought in the star. Pixel Thoughts. A 60-second meditation tool to help clear your mind.
- UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is a multi-faceted program of clinical care, professional training, education, research, and outreach intended to further the practice and integration of mindfulness into the lives of individuals throughout the healthcare and educational system, including patients, healthcare providers, students, teachers, and businesspeople.
Mental Health and Wellness
The San Diego County of Office of Education is committed to supporting school districts, schools, students, and families with resources to improve their mental and emotional wellness. Our goal is to support the removal of barriers that impact student success.
Mental Health Promotion
- How to Access Behavioral Health Services for Youth in San Diego County
- SchooLink Service Structure (County-Funded Behavioral Health Services)
- San Diego County, Behavioral Health Services, Regional Schools and Providers
- Back to School- Mental Health America
- Center for Mental Health in Schools
- Children’s Mental Health Network
- Live Well San Diego- Best Practices for Schools
- Mental Health Resources for Students and Educators
- National Association of School Psychologists
- Stress and School Sports
Information for Teens
- Back to School 2020 Coping During COVID
- The Safety.com Guide to Teen Health and Safety
- Help A Friend In Need
- NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center
- Teen Guide To Mental Health and Wellness (also available in Spanish)
- Brain XP is dedicated to ending the stigma toward other teenagers who suffer from mental health issues. The site includes the following resources:
- A 5-Part Coping Skills Series for young people with over 100 coping skills to help students. A young person only needs to find 1 or 2 coping skills they really enjoy to make their anxiety and isolation more manageable.
- Brain XP also has positive daily social media content: Brain XP Blog and Brain XP Instagram (@brainxpproject). All of our content is created by teens for other teens, and all of our resources can be accessed online.
Information for Parents
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry– Facts for Families
- Center for Parent Information and Resources – Dissemination
- Feeling Anxious or Worried? Listen to These 8 Podcasts
- Healthy Children.org (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) – Emotional Problems
- Live Well San Diego
- National Association of School Psychologists – Information for Families
- San Diego County It’s Up to Us — Resources for Parents
- Stress and School Sports
Ms. Brenda Gonzalez, M.A.
Southwest High School
If you or someone you are concerned about is experiencing distress, the San Diego Crisis Line is 1-888-724-7240 or text HELLO to 741741.
If you are in need of resources not related to school, please dial 2-1-1 or search our Resource Guide: bit.ly/SUHSDResources
For the latest information from our District, please visit www.sweetwaterschools.org.