Welcome to Peninsula Wellness Center

  • The Peninsula High School Wellness Program provides prevention and short-term intervention for all students facing social and emotional challenges that impact academic performance, attendance, and behavior at school. In a safe and supportive environment students can meet with a wellness counselor to discuss a variety of complex issues such as stress, trauma, suicide, depression, bullying, grief, self-esteem, family life, drug and alcohol use, relationships and gender identity and LGBTQ+.

    Students can learn positive, lifelong habits that contribute to their well-being and success. The Wellness Program provides short-term (up to 12 sessions) individual, group and/or drop-in support in a confidential, non-judgmental space staffed with therapists who are dedicated to improving the health, well-being and educational outcomes of all students.

    Students: Any student can come in for support during drop in hours. Please let your teacher know you want to come see Miss Lara L. Montoya, MS, LMFT at the Wellness Center and have them write you a pass. 

    Parents: Talk with your student's school counselor as the first step to accessing wellness services or come in during drop-in hours.

    Lara L. Montoya, MS, LMFT #124095
    Wellness Counselor

    Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    2nd period (9:22 - 10:10 a.m.)
    4th period (11:20 a.m. - 12:08 p.m.)

    Tuesday & Thursday
    5th period (12:43 - 1:31 p.m.)
    6th period (1:35 - 2:23 p.m.)



Crisis Resources

  • If this is a medical or mental health emergency, please contact the following sources immediately:   

    Crisis Resources:

    • StarVista 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350
    • StarVista Teen Crisis Services (Monday - Friday, 4 - 10 p.m. PST)
    • Crisis Text Line: text "home" to 741-741
    • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988
    • Anonymous Alerts: www.anonymousalerts.com/sanmateouhsd
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233, www.thehotline.org/
    • 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room if you can get there safely

    Parent Resources:

    Community Resources:

    • Care Solace is an online no-cost resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist students and families in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services (with or without insurance). Students and their families can access Care Solace services by contacting the summer Wellness team or:

StarVista Teen Crisis Services

  • In crisis or need support in San Mateo County?

    24/7 Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350

    StarVista Crisis Center




Care Solace

  • Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health related programs and counseling services. Learn more.