Help is out there for children and families struggling through a mental health crisis, through a combination of local and regional nonprofits providing emergency and non-emergency resources. Below is a list of some of the services available.
Crisis support services
• If you or your child are in crisis and pose immediate risk of self-harm or harm to others, call 911 and ask the emergency call center to send a CIT officer.
• Santa Clara County Families with children in crisis under the age of 18 can contact Uplift Family Services on its 24-hour crisis line at (408) 379-9085, or (408) 364-4083 for Spanish.
• Crisis hotlines include the following:
24-Hour Suicide & Crisis: (855) 278-4202
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800)-273-8255, (888) 628-9454 (Spanish)
Bill Wilson Youth Hotline: (408) 850-6125
California Youth Hotline: (800) 843-5200
• Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 or go to crisistextline.org
Clinical services for children, teens and young adults:
• Children's Health Council, based in Palo Alto, serves children under the age of 18 with therapy, psychiatric services and medication management, and provides an after-school Intensive Outpatient program for teens. No-cost consultations for services are available at (650) 688-3625 or (650) 688-3650 for Spanish).
• Bay Area Clinical Associates (BACA) provides therapy, psychiatric services and intensive outpatient services to clients up to 26 years old, with locations in San Jose, Menlo Park and Oakland. BACA provides an appointment request form at www.baca.org (accepts most insurance, excluding Medi-Cal).
• Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) provides counseling services at its Mountain View clinic, including individual and group therapy for all ages and mindfulness-based drug and alcohol treatment services for teens, on a sliding pay scale. CHAC can be reached at 650-965-2020 or chacmv.org.
• El Camino Hospital's ASPIRE program provides after-school intensive outpatient services to children and young adults spanning from middle school to age 25, including a step-down program for recently hospitalized teens. Anyone interested in joining the program can call 866-789-6089 (accepts commercial insurance and Medi-Cal).