Community Based Mental Health and Wellness Resources

South County-specific Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Other Support Resources

South County Mental Health Center 802 Brewster Ave. Redwood City 94063 650-363-4111

Canyon Oaks Youth Center 400 Edmonds Drive Redwood City 94063 650-839-1810 Substance Abuse Day Treatment and Outpatient

Edgewood Center for Children & Families 957 Industrial Road San Carlos 94070 1-800-496-3019

Mateo Lodge 420 Cassia St. Redwood City, CA 94063 650-363-8125

Specialty Mental Health Services including case management and family support.

Mental Health Association of San Mateo County 2686 Spring St. Redwood City, CA 94063 650- 368-3345 x136

Children's Health Council 24-hr Crisis Lines: Access phone and email: 650-688-3625 or Español 650-688-3650 or

Children's Health Council Resource Library

Friends for Youth, Inc. (mentoring services for youth)

1741 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone: 650-368-4444 Fax: 650-368-4467 Email:

Redwood City PFLAG

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays, Bisexuals, Trans and Queer and Questioning folks meet every 2nd Monday 7:30p.m.

Sequoia Union High School District Offices 480 James Avenue, Redwood City

Fore more information, including upcoming meeting topics please visit

Star Vista (Formerly Youth and Family Enrichment Services)

The StarVista Counseling Center offers counseling services to children, youth, adults, and families. For more information email or call us at (650) 591-9623 ext. 130 or

Crisis Line: 650-579-0350

This Suicide Hotline is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week for crisis intervention. Trained

volunteers and staff provide referrals for community resources and services.

Who could call the crisis line?

 Anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal.

 Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one.

 Anyone interested in mental health treatment and service referrals.  Or anyone who just needs some support through a personal crisis.

Spanish Crisis Line (1:00-9:00PM): 800-303-7432

Star Vista’s Your House South in Redwood City, CA, provides a "time-out" for both the youth and the family, and an opportunity to work on the family's situation in a safe and supportive environment. Services include a 24 hour youth crisis hotline, free emergency shelter, and voluntary residential services which include individual, family, group and aftercare counseling. Please call 650-367-9687 for more information and confidential help.

Star Vista’s new Child and Adolescent Hotline & Prevention Program (CAHPP) is a youth- focused (ages birth to 18) hotline, available 24/7, to support parents, educators, counselors, doctors, coaches, and members of the community in San Mateo County. The focus of this free service is early identification of behavioral, learning, and development issues; referrals to appropriate counseling and support services; short-term counseling services; and follow-up services to ensure long term success.

For information and support call or text the CAHPP Hotline 24/7 650-567-KIDS (5437)

Star Vista’s The Children’s Place

Mission: To break the intergenerational cycle of familial chemical dependency

• Increase in perceived social support

• Decrease in feelings of shame, guilt, self-blame, and hopelessness

• Increase in healthy coping skills

• Increase in knowledge about the manifestations, biological basis, and consequences of addiction

Focus: Education/therapeutic support groups

Target Population: Children growing up in chemically dependent families

Ages: Children ages 5-13

Structure: Two ten-week cycles per school year

Groups: Closed, structured, age appropriate, developmentally appropriate Curriculum: The Children’s Place Program

Facilitators: MFT trainees/interns

Schools: John Gill, Taft, Hoover, Fair Oaks, Roosevelt, Hawes, Adelante, Garfield Contact: Phone: 650-216-7411 E-mail:

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

Empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools through Gay- Straight Alliance clubs.

What is a GSA?

A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club in a high school or middle school that brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform for activism to fight homophobia and transphobia.

For more info or to find a GSA near you please visit or call 415-552-4229

The Recovery Village is a resource for the LGBTQ+ community struggling with substance abuse and recovery.

County-wide Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Other Support Resources

To access mental health or alcohol and other drug services for you or someone in your family who may be experiencing serious mental illness or a substance use disorder, call the San Mateo County, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services ACCESS Call Center for an assessment, information and referral based on individual needs.

Food Assistance Program:

ACCESS Call Center: Phone: (800) 686-0101, TDD: (800) 943-2833

San Mateo County Suicide & Crisis Intervention

(650) 579-0350 or (800)-SUICIDE

If you, or someone is in a Psychiatric Crisis: Call 911 or go to Psychiatric Emergency at: San Mateo Medical Center, 222 West 39th Ave., San Mateo, or call (650) 573-2662.

San Mateo County’s Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (treats young people with mental illness - before their problems become a crisis PREP) program.

PREP screening survey and more information can be found at:; referral line: (650) 504-3374

Parents Place Peninsula Workshops and activities for parents and their children/teens.

Alcohol & Drug Helpline: 650-573-3950

Adolescent Counseling Services 650-424-0852

Bay Area Crisis Text Line: Text BAY to 741741

24-Hour Parent Support Line: (650) 579-0358 or 1(888) 220-7575

San Mateo County Community Services Locator

San Mateo County Network of Care: This website is a comprehensive behavioral health resource guide for agencies, services and programs for the entire county. Youth Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for can also be found here.

Standford Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula has multiple sites for easy accessibility for youth throughout the county

CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) of San Mateo County has many services to assist those experiencing relationship abuse. Toll free 24 Hour hotline (also in Spanish) 800-300-1080. Business Line: 650-652-0800. CORA services include Emergency Response Program, Latino Outreach and Filipino American outreach programs, Shelter and Housing, Legal Services, Children and Teen Support and Counseling.

Rape Trauma Services (RTS) of San Mateo County 650-652-0598 RTS provides individual, family and group counseling for survivors or significant others of sexual assault.

Alateen Meetings in San Mateo County: help for families and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is different from adult meetings in that the meetings are conducted by the Alateen members (ages: 12-20). Adults may attend only with the permission of the Alateen members. But there are one or more adults in the room called sponsors, who help by assuring that Al-Anon principles are known and used during meetings.

Bay Area Mental Health and Other Support Resources

Communities United Against Violence (SF) offers support groups for LGBTQ people dealing with violence or abuse to build skills to heal from trauma and create healthy relationships. CUAV also offers advocacy-based peer counseling. (415) 333-HELP (4357).

Project Cornerstone (Silicon Valley) offers a range of services to help schools reduce bullying and improve climate.

Kara – grief support for children and adults 457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301 650-321-5272, 650-473-1828 fax Office Hours M-Th 9am to 4pm, Fr 9am to 1pm

AchieveKids 3860 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 650-494-1200 x191 Specialty Mental Health Services

Family & Children's Services 375 Cambridge Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650-326-6576

Mental Research Institute 555 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 95024 650-321-3325

State / National Sites and Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-SUICIDE, 1(800) 784-2433

ReachOut helps teens and young adults facing tough times. All content is written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults.

California Youth Crisis Line (800) 843-5200

Youth Talkline (800) 246-PRIDE

National Gay and Lesbian Youth Hotline (800) 347-TEEN (8336)

Outlet: A Program of Adolescent Counseling Services

Service: Drop in center, teen groups, conultation and workshops. Locations: Redwood City, Mountain View and San Mateo. Payment: All Outlet groups, consultaations, and referrals are offered free of charge. Education workshops are $500 each, but sliding scale fees are available based on the ability to pay.

San Mateo Pride Center

Services: Individual, Family, & Partner Counseling (MediCal and Sliding Scale); Peer Counseling & Mentorship; Drop-in Therapy Groups; Drop-in Peer Social Groups; Case Management; Educational Workshops & Training; Regular Drop-in Hours; Onsite Library & Computer Lab; Resources & Service Referrals.

Youth Space

A community drop-in center and mental health program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally youth and young adults living in Santa Clara County. Services: Drop-In Peer Counseling, Individual Counseling, Case Management and Psychiatry. English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Payment: Folks between the ages of 13-25 insured through Santa Clara County based Medi-Cal or who are uninsured are eligible for counseling services. Referrals available for those with private insurance. Hours: 3pm - 9pm Monday - Friday.

UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC)

A collaboration between the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and community organizations dedicated to the health and wellbeing of Transgender and other Gender-expansive children. Services include: comprehensive medical and psychological care, advocacy, and legal support to gender non-conforming/ transgender youth and adolescents. Phone: 415-353-7337

Hours: Tuesday afternoons

Gender Spectrum

Creating a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens through services to address concepts of Gender identity and Gender expression, including how societal, cultural, organizational and community definitions of gender can be detrimental to any young person that does not fit neatly into thesecategories.

Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Center

The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center provides community, leadership, advocacy, services and support to the Silicon Valley's LGBTQ People and their Allies. Located along the historic Alameda, ~1/2 mile from the SAP Center and the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station. Services: treatment and support groups and weekly HIV testing. Phone: 408-293-3040.

Our Space: A Program of BAYC

Services: LGBTQ community center programming on Weds./Thurs.: Monthly LGBTQ intergenerational community potluck; Therapy for LGBTQ youth withLGBTQ-identified therapists (youth must be enrolled in or eligible for Medi-Cal); Annual September East Bay Youth Pride celebration; Trainings for providers working with LGBTQ youth; School-based workshops on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; Referrals and linkages to critical support services (housing, medical, legal, etc); Youth Acceptance Collaborative (YAC). For Alameda County Youth 12-22. Location: Hayward, CA

LGBTQ National Help Center


The Trevor Project: 24/7 Suicide Prevention Lifeline


CHC Care Managers & Online Resource Library


24 Hour Crisis Lines

855-278-4204 (Santa Clara)

650-579-0350 ( San Mateo)

415-781-0500 (San Francisco)

800-273-8255 or text BAY to 741-741 (National)