We can all make a difference to improve youth mental wellness.
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.
YouthWell focuses on education, support, prevention, and early intervention, connecting youth and families to mental health and wellness resources before the crisis. YouthWell seeks to simplify access to mental health and wellness resources for youth ages 10-25 and their families, making solid connections through warm handoffs.
Please join YouthWell in addressing the need for mental health early intervention and prevention efforts so that youth don’t have to wait until they are in crisis to get help. We hope you will consider including us in your year-end giving as we raise $40,000 for our programs.
As a COMMUNITY, we can all work together to treat 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. We can continue educating ourselves, leaning in, showing compassion, listening, and offering our support so those struggling don't feel alone.
Thank you for your support.
YOUTHWELL PROGRAMS IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY...
Youth & Family Mental Health & Wellness Resource Directory... The online directory on YouthWell.org can be viewed in English and Spanish. Families can search for services for youth, ages 0-25, and find support groups, treatment programs, crisis hotlines, therapists, and postvention resources for those in recovery. Find book lists to help you on your journey and handouts that help to manage self-care, improve communication, and recognize the signs of emotional distress. Find tips for choosing a program, screening tools, questions to ask a therapist, and more to help you navigate. View the Community Calendar for workshops, groups, classes, and Mental Health First Aid training.
Wellness Workshops... Free monthly virtual workshops on a variety of topics provide a platform for parents, students (10-25), and those working with youth to 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. Past workshops can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
Collaboration... Community Collaborative convenes quarterly to work towards systemic change with 45+ engaged community partners including school districts, organizations, healthcare, providers, law enforcement, juvenile probation, and faith communities. Behavioral Health Linkages Team convenes monthly to educate the 40+ resource navigators, local crisis lines, and school counselors throughout the county so that they are better equipped to support families. We work to improve the mental health referral process in order to foster “warm handoffs” and close the loop to ensure that youth and caregivers are accessing the services they need in SB County.
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