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988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Call or text for crisis support, resources, stories of hope and recovery, and referrals to community resources.  

How to Deal with Depression

The Crisis Text Line is designed to help keep people safe by providing texters with resources needed to cope with their crisis. By texting 741741 you will be connected to a volunteer crisis counselor.  

Dealing with Teen Depression 

This help guide provides people with resources to identify, cope with, and understand depression.  It also connects people to organizations and programs to further assist them.


For those times when you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, or worried — you’re not alone — CalHOPE is here to help. 

Connect with CalHOPE by chat or phone.

San Diego Access and Crisis Line 

Find local resources and seek support. Live chat, resources, information, referrals. It’s Up to Us aims to inspire wellness, reduce stigma, and prevent suicide. 

Therapist Aid - Gratitude Exercises 

Therapist Aid is a website dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools.  

Check out this list of gratitude exercises to support a daily practice of gratitude that can build happiness, self-esteem, and other health benefits: 

Depression: What You Need to Know

Everyone feels sad or low sometimes, but these feelings usually pass with a little time. Depression is different. Learn the different types of depression, signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, treatment options, and how to find help.  

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At Altus Schools, we have developed a comprehensive mental health program that consists of several elements designed to support students directly and build staff capacity to create safe and supportive learning environments that are trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and that connect students and families to appropriate resources. Highlights of our mental health program include (1) teachers who are specially trained in suicide screening, trauma-informed practices, human trafficking prevention, and socio-emotional learning; (2) strategic partnerships with community organizations to provide mental health services; (3) a team of school nurses; (4) a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; (5) a Healthy Youth Department that coordinates student webinars and professional learning to support students’ mental health and wellness; (6) student webinars with socio-emotional learning through our Resilience in Students and Education (RISE) series; (7) suicide prevention, intervention and postvention protocols; (8) tools for connecting students and families to information resources; (9) parent/guardian webinars through our Family Learning Series on student mental health, wellness, and community resources; and (10) administration of special programs and coordination of services for identified student groups.