Community Mental Health Resources

  • Mental Health 

    If you are experiencing a Mental Health Emergency Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room if you can safely get there. Psychiatric Emergency Services are available at:

    San Mateo Medical Center 
    222 West 39th Ave., San Mateo, CA, 94403 

    Mills-Peninsula Medical Center 
    1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010 

    650-579-0350  or 988

    StarVista’s 24/7 crisis hotline offers a free, safe, confidential place for people to explore feelings, vent frustrations, clarify problems and learn about referrals. Trained crisis counselors treat callers with empathy and compassion. They can provide referrals for community resources and services.

    Who can call the crisis line:

    • Anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal.

    • Anyone interested in mental health treatment and service referrals.

    • Anyone who needs some support through a personal crisis.

    • Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one.

    Teen Crisis Services

    Teen Crisis Services Chat and text line is a free, peer-to-peer service that is accessible at or texting 650-747-6463

    Teens can chat confidentially with trained youth peer counselors under Crisis Center staff supervision about various topics. While mainly focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention, teens can also chat about school, stress, relationships, and mental health challenges. While the program is intended to focus on youth ages 13 and up, no youth will be turned away on the basis of age.

    Behavioral Health and Recovery Services ACCESS Call Center 
    To access mental health or alcohol and other drug services for you or in your family who may be experiencing a mental illness or a substance use disorder, call the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services ACCESS Call Center for information, an assessment and a referral based on individual needs.

    ACCESS Call Center: 800-686-0101, TDD: 800-943-2833

    Serenity House - San Mateo County Respite Center
    Serenity House offers short-term residential services for adults in a mental health crisis. We provide a safe place to stay and support individuals in their recovery.

    Youth Service Bureaus of the YMCA – San Mateo 
    Juvenile diversion and prevention programs for families, children and adolescents experiencing problems in the family, school or community. Individual, group, couples, and/or family counseling. On-campus crisis intervention and assessment.

    Monday-Thursday, 4 - 8 p.m.
    1670 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 115
    San Mateo 94402

    San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office/ Victim Center Program 
    Information and referral, emergency assistance, crisis intervention and counseling referrals for victims of violent crime. 
    400 County Center, Third Floor, Redwood City 94063 
    1050 Mission Road, South San Francisco 94080

    Bullying and CyberBullying

    EduMed Cyberbullying and Harassment Online: Awareness and Prevention
    Whether you’re just starting out online or you’re a seasoned digital learner, cyberbullying can impact any student at any time. Learn to understand the basics, gain expert insight on handling yourself in cyber harassment situations, and take away tips for staying safe online.

    STOMP Out Bullying
    The STOMP Out Bullying™ HelpChat Line is a confidential online chat that helps youth ages 13-24 with issues around bullying and cyberbullying; we also provide support to youth who may be at risk of suicide.
    855-790-HELP (4357)

    STOP Cyberbullying  
    Education, Information, and Prevention for victims of cyberbullying.

    Domestic Violence

    Anger Management and Domestic Abuse Therapy Center 
    Court-ordered and self-referred counseling programs offered in English and Spanish, including domestic violence counseling, anger management, parenting and child abuse prevention.
    430 Peninsula Avenue, Suite 7, San Mateo 94401

    Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) 
    CORA provides safety, support and healing for individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship, and educates the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. Our services include a 24-hour hotline, support groups, legal services, emergency and transitional housing, and more, in English and Spanish.
    Toll Free 24 Hour Hotline: (800) 300-1080
    2211 Palm Avenue, San Mateo 94403

    Christian Counseling Center
    Counseling for domestic violence, anger management and all forms of child abuse, regardless of religion.
    Address: 1510 Fashion Island Blvd., Suite 110, San Mateo 94404

    Peninsula Family Service 
    Supervised visitation for families with domestic violence issues and individual counseling at no charge for children who have experienced trauma.
    24 Second Avenue, San Mateo 94401

    El Centro de Libertad 
    Court-approved domestic violence and anger management programs offered in English and Spanish. Group and individual counseling.
    500 Allerton Street, Redwood City 94063


    LGBTQ and Gender Equity

    Parents/Guardians, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) Hotline
    San Francisco Chapter welcomes all to share experience and concerns in a completely confidential and supportive environment. Encourages lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, parent/guardians, family and friends to attend their meetings.

    LGBT National Youth Talkline
    800-246-7743 (PRIDE)
    The LGBT National Youth Talkline provides a confidential safe space where youth can speak about sexual orientation or gender identity/expression issues. This includes coming out issues, relationship concerns, bullying, school issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more. 
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 1 - 9 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

    Outlet Program
    Adolescent Counseling Services to empower Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning youth that builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy.

    Trevor Project
    The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

    Trevor Chat
    A free, confidential secure, instant messaging service that provide live help to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people, ages 13-24.

    San Mateo County Pride Center
    Whether seeking behavioral health services or gathering in solidarity with others to share stories, build relationships, learn, grow, create, and heal together, LGBTQ+ individuals and communities throughout the Peninsula finally have a space to call their own!

    Lyric Center for LGBTQQ Youth
    LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

    Gender Spectrum
    Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

    Counseling Services

    Adolescent Counseling Services
    Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) exists to support the wellbeing of all teens, tweens, and young adults in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  ACS’ network of skilled family therapists and professionally-led support groups are resources that youth and their families can rely on time and again for help with life’s challenges, be they big or small.

    Anger Management and Domestic Abuse Therapy Center
    Individual, Couple, Family and Group Counseling

    HOPE Program
    HOPE Program is an outpatient mental health clinic specializing in working with adult and adolescent clients in individual and group settings. We provide treatment services to individuals, couples, and families coping with emotional, behavioral, or psychological challenges. We also offer specialized forensic mental health services. 

    Kara: Grief Counseling Services
    Kara is a nonprofit organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area that provides comprehensive grief support, crisis intervention and education to individuals and communities facing the difficult realities of death and loss.

    Request Services: 650-321-5272 | Submit Online Form | En Español

    Peninsula Family Service
    Peninsula Family Service strengthens our community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives.

    Family Assertive Support Team (FAST)
    The Family Assertive Support Team is an in-home outreach service that offers assessment, consultation, and support services to adults (age 18+) in San Mateo County experiencing a severe mental health problem and their designated family members (broadly defined as individuals with close and enduring emotional ties).

    StarVista: Programs

    StarVista is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting individuals throughout San Mateo County navigate life challenges for over 55 years. Our counseling, case management, skill development, and crisis prevention programs reach tens of thousands of people in our community each year. We work closely with local governments to fill unmet needs, partner with schools to connect directly with youth, and collaborate with other nonprofit organizations to share expertise and best practices. From substance abuse and thoughts of suicide to family violence and homelessness, we help people persevere and transform some of the toughest life situations into personal victories.

    YMCA Yough Service Bureau and Mental Health Services
    Offers clinical counseling services in our three clinics in San Mateo County on a sliding fee scale and free to Medi-Cal and Victims of Crime (VOC) recipient.

    Sexual Assault

    Rape Trauma Services (RTS)
    Crisis counseling, outreach and advocacy services, support groups for survivors of sexual assault, their family and friends.
    1860 El Camino Real, Suite 406, Burlingame, 94010
    650-692-RAPE (7273)

    San Mateo County Human Services Agency/Child Protective Services (CPS)
    Responds to reports of abuse, abandonment, sexual molestation, exploitation, or neglect of children age 17 or under.
    400 Harbor Blvd., Belmont 94002

    StarVista - Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center
    24/7 Crisis Line: 650-579-0350 or 988

    National Sexual Violence Resource Center
    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence.

    Suicide and Self Harm

    Suicide is preventable and mental health is treatable. There is help! During school hours, if you, or a friend, are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, get help immediately from a trusted adult on campus or visit the counseling department.

    For life-threatening emergencies after school, on the weekends or during school breaks/holidays, you can call 9-1-1​, your local police department or visit the nearest emergency room if you can get there safely.
    650-579-0350  or 988

    StarVista’s 24/7 crisis hotline offers a free, safe, and confidential space for individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-harm ideations to talk to trained crisis counselors. What you can expect when calling:

    • Validation and empathy: Feel heard, understood, and validated when speaking with trained staff and/or trained crisis counselors about what they are experiencing.

    • Crisis Intervention and Immediate Support: Receive immediate crisis intervention and support if you are experiencing acute and severe feelings of distress. You will have a confidential and non-judgmental space where you will speak with someone who can offer support, emotional support, and resources.

    • Safety: Receive guidance to establish safety measures and help individuals create a safety plan to inhibit feelings of self-harm.

    • Referral to Resources: Receive information or be connected with local mental health resources, counseling services, support groups and other professionals who can assist in developing resilience and coping strategies in crisis situations.

    San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS)
    The ACCESS Call Center is a gateway that can guide you through all the different and appropriate services offered by San Mateo County.
    Phone: 800-686-0101
    TDD: 800-943-2833

    Child and Adolescent Hotline & Prevention Program (CAHPP) 
    The Child & Adolescent Hotline and Prevention Program (CAHPP) is a hotline that is available 24/7 for parents of children of all ages (0-18), as well as educators, counselors, doctors, coaches, and members of the community. CAHPP’s licensed clinicians respond to callers and texters with questions regarding a child who may be having difficulty reaching developmental milestones or is exhibiting concerning and/or unusual behavior; for example, a child who is easily frustrated or discouraged; inattentive; a loner or excessively shy; constantly seeking attention; or noncompliant.
    Hotline: 650-567-KIDS (5437).

    Family Assertive Support Team (FAST)
    The Family Assertive Support Team is an in-home outreach service that offers Assessment, consultation, and support services to adults (age 18+) in San Mateo County experiencing a severe mental health problem and their designated family members (broadly defined as individuals with close and enduring emotional ties).

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    The lifeline is a 24-hr, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis of their friends and loved one.
    800-273-8255 (TALK)


    Additional resources

    13 Reasons Why Toolkit

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    Know the Signs

    Means Matter Campaign (Save lives by reducing access to lethal means, Harvard School of Public Health)

    Seize the Awkward (How teens can help teens connect to adults or counseling professionals)

    Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide


    Talking to Children about Violence

    Tips for Parents and Teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists

    Grief and Loss

    Coalition to Support Grieving Students
    The Coalition created, a groundbreaking, practitioner-oriented website designed to provide educators with the information, insights, and practical advice they need to better understand and meet the needs of the millions of grieving kids in America’s classrooms.

    Grief support for children, teens, families and adults. 

    Relationship Abuse

    Love is Respect
    Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.

    Chat at
    Text LOVEIS to 22522*
    Call 1-866-331-9474

    One Love
    Love is the most important thing in our lives, yet we are taught very little about it. One Love is on a mission to change that. We educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.

    CORA - Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
    CORA is the only agency in San Mateo County solely dedicated to helping those affected by intimate partner abuse. From counseling, to emergency housing, to legal assistance, our services are designed to provide safety, support, and healing.
    Toll free 24 hour hotline: 800-300-1080

    Eating Disorders

    National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
    The NEDA Helpline is available Monday-Thursday from 9 am - 9 pm ET, and Friday from 9 am - 5pm ET. Contact the Helpline for support, resources and treatment options for yourself or a loved one.
    Helpline volunteers are trained to help you find the information and support you are looking for. Reach out today!
    Helpline: (800) 931-2237

    Substance Abuse

    National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

    Family & Friends Al-Anon/Alateen

    Emergency Shelter

    Your House South
    Conflict intervention/individual/family counseling for youth 10 to 17, emergency shelter.
    650-367-9687 (24/7)