our mental health matters

One of the biggest reasons people don't seek help or support when they are struggling with a mental health challenge is because of the stigma and shame associated with it. No one should suffer in silence.
YouthWell prioritizes PREVENTION & EARLY INTERVENTION in order to connect youth through age 25 and families to mental health and wellness resources before the crisis.

RESOURCES

Our online Youth and Family Mental Health and Wellness Resource Directory can be viewed in English and Spanish.

Families can search for services for youth, ages 0-25, and find treatment programs, crisis helplines, therapists, and aftercare resources

The Community Calendar lists workshops, support groups, classes, volunteer opportunities and more.

EDUCATION

YouthWell provides free virtual Wellness Workshops on a variety of topics for students (ages 10-25), parents, and those working with youth. Participants learn tools and tips for managing their mental wellness and practicing self-care in order to build resilience so they are better equipped to cope with stress and challenging situations. Spanish interpretation is provided.
YouthWell partners with MWC and FSA to offer Mental Health First Aid in SB County.

COLLABORATIVE

YouthWell mobilizes 60+ community stakeholders to improve outcomes and affect systemic change through collective impact. We work to eliminate stigma, fill the gaps, and remove barriers to services so youth and families can access the care they need in a timely manner through a warm handoff. The Collaborative & BHLT includes school districts, healthcare, providers, law enforcement, juvenile probation, foster care, and those representing our marginalized communities.

OUTREACH

YouthWell sends eNewsletters highlighting mental health issues and local resources as well as promoting on social media tips for recognizing the signs of emotional distress and ideas for practicing self-care. We do outreach through our social awareness campaign, "our mental health matters". Subscribe to newsletter.

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as a community,

we can each make a difference by...

  • understanding that mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, income, social status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or background.
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  • treating mental health challenges with the same respect and care we show someone who has a physical illness or injury so that youth and caregivers do not feel shame asking for help.
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  • educating ourselves on mental health disorders, showing compassion, listening, and offering our support so those struggling don't feel alone.
Resource Directory

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Find a complete list of organizations providing youth and family mental health and wellness services in Santa Barbara County. Find crisis resources, therapists, treatment programs, parent and youth support groups, and more.

Community Calendar

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Find support groups for parents and youth, workshops, parenting classes, youth classes, volunteer opportunities for youth, and more. 

Resource Rack Cards

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Find materials we have created for youth, parents, and teachers with self-care tips, resources, and more. Find handouts from our workshops.

Wellness Workshops

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Free virtual Wellness Workshops on a variety of topics for students (ages 10-25), parents, and those working with youth. Participants learn tools and tips for managing their mental wellness and practicing self-care in order to build resilience so they are better equipped to cope with stress and challenging situations. Spanish interpretation provided. VIEW PAST RECORDINGS  YOUTUBE >

Y-MHFA

UPCOMING YMHFA CLASSES >

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a comprehensive training specifically designed to equip educators, family members, and caregivers (18 years or older) with the skills and knowledge to identify, understand, and respond to the signs or risk factors of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. Free classes are offered virtually and in-person.

Tips for Navigating

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Find tools and learn more about mental health disorders, how to choose a program, questions to ask a therapist, insurance terms, screening tools, etc. 

Find books, articles, and videos. Parents, it can make all the difference to educate yourself to better understand how to support your child.

Social Media

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Follow @youthwell on our social media  to learn tips for recognizing the signs of emotional distress, how to help a friend, and ideas for practicing self-care.

Newsletter

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YouthWell sends eNewsletters highlighting mental health issues and local resources. PAST ISSUES >

Outreach Campaign

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Follow our social awareness campaign, "our mental health matters".