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Mental Health and Emotional Support Resources

Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to work through difficult times.  The resources shared were compiled to assist in identifying different strategies for managing emotions.  We hope these tools will provide helpful ideas and supports when life is challenging.

The following resources are for educational purposes and are not intended as mental health intervention or a substitute for mental health treatment.  If you are in need of psychological help seek assistance from a licensed mental health professional.



Suicide Prevention Training for Staff and Students

FREE Suicide Prevention Training for Educators as well as Middle and High Schools Students currently available to view at:

Staff Certification and Students receive 90-minutes of Community Service Time upon completion!

Living Works Start Training


Mental Health First Aid

Training in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adult Mental Health First Aid is offered through the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Prevention Programs to school districts within Stanislaus County.  

You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

This is an eight-hour certification course that teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling-rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan. 

This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, ages 12 to 18 — social workers, administrators, teachers, nurses, counselors, coaches, secretaries, registrars, lunch staff, bus drivers, and leaders of faith communities, law enforcement, and other caring citizens.

For school site training, please contact Jennifer Baker at jbaker [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org for more information.



Stanislaus County Office of Education Prevention Programs, invites you to join the conversation between two psychotherapists with over 20 years’ experience in mental health and education. Hosts, Jennifer Baker LMFT and Jennifer Johnson LCSW respond to “real questions” from those working in education on current mental health topics impacting students, families and educators. Listen in as they break down complex theory and translate it into friendly language, along with practical strategies that you can use today. Local leading experts in mental health and education will also be joining the conversation from time to time to share ideas, stories and experiences to support schools as centers for well-being.

2022 Student Event Mind Out Loud California Middle and High School Students Boldly Discussing Mental Health

Students join together for a three-day virtual experience to:

  • Connect with their peers across California
  • Hear from engaging speakers to be equipped with practical tools for wellness
  • Increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and their friends
  • Learn about suicide prevention
  • Reduce stigma around mental health



Click on pictures for more information and to download images. Adapted from the San Diego Office of Education.

Teen Guide to Mental Health Flyer

Guia Para Adolescentes De Salud y Bienestar Mental


Effects on Child Mental Health


*For help with a mental health or life-threatening emergency, call 911

988: Suicide and Crisis Response

Starting Saturday, July 16, every person in every community nationwide can dial “988” to reach trained crisis counselors who can help in a mental health, substance use or suicide crisis. Learn how 988 can help you in a crisis and what it might mean for your community with these FAQs.

What Is 988?

988 is the new three-digit dialing code connecting people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline) where compassionate, accessible care and support is available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress — whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

  • Stanislaus County Community Services Response Team
    Access Line:(209) 558-4600
    Available 24 hours, 7 days a week
    Spanish Language Capabilities - Call to access services or request psychiatric evaluation        
  • Stanislaus 2-1-1 - Connecting Stanislaus County Residents to Current Health & Human Services, a program of United Way of Stanislaus County, is a comprehensive information and referral service for Stanislaus County, connecting callers with health and human services information and referrals available to them. 2-1-1 Stanislaus County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 120 languages through phone interpretation services.
  • Stanislaus County Warm Line
    (209) 558-4600
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Stanislaus County residents can call the Warm Line at (209) 558-4600 when they are:
    • having a hard time making it through the day - but are not in a crisis
    • needing a caring listener to provide effective feedback to help explore options
    • wants some support, assistance and resources toward recovery
    • This is a mental health consumer-run program providing non-crisis intervention, offering peer support, referrals, and shared experiences of hope and recover
  • On-Site Peer Support and Warm Line services are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (209) 558-4600 and are funded by Stanislaus County Behavioral Health.

Crisis Hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 1 (800) 273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals
    • Personas que hablan español, llamen a the Lifeline al 888-682-9454. 
    • For teens, call the TEEN LINE at 310-855-4673 or text TEEN to 839863. •
    • For veterans, call the Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1.  
    • For LGBTQ youth, call The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. 
    • For transgender people, call the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860.  
    • For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call the Lifeline at 800-799-4889.  
    • For law enforcement personnel, call the COPLINE at 800-267-5463.  
    • For other first responders, call the Fire/EMS Helpline at 888-731-FIRE (3473)
  • Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741. Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. People from anywhere in the US can text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline - Call 1 (800) 985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace.


RECURSOS EN ESPANOL (Resources in Spanish)


Guía de ayuda para padres y cuidadores para ayudar a las familias a enfrentar la enfermedadCoronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)




Stanislaus County Office of Education Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources - includes resources to support social and emotional learning for students as well as educators to promote the collective healing of our society.

Information for Teens

  • Brother Be Well is a unique platform for boys and men of color blending awareness, innovation, education, and healing pathways to reduce disparities, disrupt prolonged suffering, and improve health and mental wellness.

  • -Help A Friend In Need - Practical tips on how to recognize warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and need your help.
  • NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center
  • 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 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 and Caregivers

  • California Parent and Youth Helpline - Provides emotional support and referrals for parents and youth both English, Spanish and other languages. Available 8 am-8 pm Monday - Sunday 1-855-427-2736

Apps for Well-Being

  • Calm - Find your calm, sleep more, stress less, and live better.
  • Calm Harm - Manages Self Harm - 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.
  • Chill - Mindfulness reminders with daily quotes and inspiration.
  • 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 - Helps you learn to relax and be mindful develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take change 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,
  • UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness - Is a multifaceted 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.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Helping Children and Families Cope with COVID-19

Talking to Children About COVID-19

           Webinar on how to utilize the book


Contact Us

Prevention Programs

1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Key Contacts

Dallas Plaa

Director III, Prevention Programs

Jennifer Baker, M.A., M.A.Ed., LMFT

Project Coordinator, MTSS

Lucia Alfaro, M.A.Ed. School Counseling

Project Coordinator, MTSS/Mental Health

Martha Garcia Magana

Youth Programs Coordinator Mental Health Student Support