No one should suffer in silence.

YouthWell is focused on improving prevention, education, and early intervention outreach in Santa Barbara County, in order to connect youth, ages 12-25, and their families to mental health support before the crisis. We are committed to mobilizing community stakeholders, service providers, schools, and caregivers, in order to create a coordinated and comprehensive care response system.

our work in action

The YouthWell Coalition has 35 community partners that meet six times a year. Partners include local school districts, mental health providers, medical community, and law enforcement. We also involve parents and youth in order to learn and better understand the issues.


youth mental health & wellness resource flyers distributed annually to 5 school districts & local providers since 2018.


parents, educators, providers, and community members attended 7 youth mental health speaker workshops in 2018-2020 hosted by YouthWell in partnership with Deckers. In addition, more than 600 attended our  seven 2020 virtual quaranTEEN Workshops.


parents, educators, and providers were certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid (29 classes) in 2019-2020 through a partnership with Family Service Agency, Mental Wellness Center and YouthWell in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Lompoc, and Santa Maria.


providers & school administrators attended a YouthWell partners workshop in an effort to strengthen partner connections and enable stronger student referrals 

  • 3rd

    Suicide is the 3rd leading case of death for young people ages 10-24 [cdc]

  • 20%

    20% of all youth, ages 13-18, live with a mental health condition

  • 50%

    50% all adults with a mental illness experienced symptoms by age 14 and 75% by age 24

  • 90%

    90% of individuals who die by suicide had an underlying mental illness

stats for youth & adults

coalition commitment

There is strength in partnership. We are committed to the vision, goals, objectives, and strategies of YouthWell in order to serve youth and families in our community.

  • Be Transparent

    Each organization needs to be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses so we can begin to identify the gaps in services.

  • Be Strategic

    Explore solutions. Focus on the best solutions for the problem, not the best for the individual agency. How do we create a continuum of care that removes barriers to accessing services and supports warm-handoffs between providers so that we can help our youth before the crisis?

  • Be Accountable

    Listen and learn. Ask parents. Ask students. Ask educators. Can all youth access the existing services? What are the barriers? Are the existing programs meeting the need or are more services needed? 

  • Follow Up

    Did the services help? We need quality and not just quantity. Check back with those utilizing the services and ask how we can continue to improve. 

our history

PHASE 1 • 2016-2017... Convene community stakeholders and begin the discussion in order to identify the gaps in youth mental health resources and services.

PHASE 2 • 2017-2018
Create leadership and committees to begin working more strategically by creating initiatives, mapping out the issues and looking for improved outcomes. Begin to research funding opportunities for coordinated youth mental health services.

PHASE 3 • 2018-2020
Work as a collective to implement systemic change in youth mental health care. Increase awareness and understanding through a public education campaign. Provide education and professional development. Leverage resources on school campuses.

How can we support you? Please share your experiences and your ideas of how we can continue as a community to improve to support youth and their families struggling with mental health. 

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