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's prevention and early intervention programs focus on mental health and wellness education, outreach, and improving access to coordinated care in order to connect youth through age 25 and their families to mental health and wellness resources before the crisis. 

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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, and more.

Resource Rack Cards are distributed to schools.

EDUCATION

YouthWell provides free Support Groups & 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 & YLN 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 outreach through our social awareness campaign, "our mental health matters".
 
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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.

VIEW YAB DETAILS >

Leadership program for students hosted by YouthWell in partnership with SB County Behavioral Wellness. High School students learn about mental health issues and advocate for mental health on their campuses and in their communities.

VIEW DIRECTORY >

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.

VIEW CALENDAR >

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

VIEW/PRINT RACK CARDS & POSTERS >

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

VIEW NEW GROUPS >

YouthWell is launching new parent support groups for parents and for teachers. They will be hosted at the SBCC Extended Learning Wake Center starting in June 2023. 

There are other groups offered throughout Santa Barbara County for parents and youth in English and Spanish. View the community calendar to learn more.

VIEW UPCOMING WORKSHOPS >

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 >

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.

VIEW TIPS >

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. Youth & families can learn about volunteer opportunities in SB County.

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Follow @youthwell on social media to learn how to recognize the signs of emotional distress, how to help a friend, and self-care tips. "our mental health matters campaign"

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