Mental Health

“I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.”  ~Anonymous

A mental illness is a condition that causes mild to severe disruptions in thought and/or behavior, causing difficulty in coping with life’s daily demands and routines. One in five teens live with mental illness, which is higher than even the most frequent physical conditions in teens, asthma or diabetes. The most common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.

Mental illnesses may be caused by environmental stressors, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these. Most individuals learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder when they get the appropriate care they need. If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember that there is help and support available.


7 Cups of Tea

Free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists & counselors.

Access Mental Health

Crisis counseling; Information and referrals on emergency and non-emergency mental health issues.


Booster Buddy

BoosterBuddy is a free app designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. Check-in with how you are feeling today, use coping skills, keep track of appointments and medications, get started on tasks, follow self-care routines, and increase real-life socialization.


Happier is a fun social gratitude journal combined with a positive community! Keep track of the small happy moments in your day and feel awesome when they help someone smile. Research shows people who focus on finding a few positive things about their day are happier, healthier, and less stressed.

– Capture and share a few happy moments every day.
– Get an uplifting positivity boost whenever you need it.
– Be inspired to do more things that make you happier.

Help Guide

Online guide for info about mental health and articles for well-being.

Institute for Girls Development

The Institute for Girls’ Development is a psychological practice dedicated to empowering girls, women, families and their circles of community through self- discovery, embodied living, hardiness skills, and growth fostering relationships. We provide a variety of services, including individual, family, parent, and group therapy; a comprehensive DBT program for teens and young adults; cognitive, neuropsychological and psychological testing/assessment; and community workshops, presentations, and trainings.

626.585.8075, ext 108

Psychology Today

Provides a therapy directory (by location) listing clinical professionals, psychiatrists, and treatment centers that provide mental health services. View latest info on behavioral research to practical guidance on relationships, mental health, and addiction.


Stigma provides a safe way to build your support network, journal what’s on your mind, and keep track of your mood. Message supportive peers, join groups that match your interests, share journals and offer & receive support, track your mood in a calendar, and more.

Strong 365

Strong 365 is an information and resource hub built to empower people to stay in the fight for mental wellness, one day at a time. Various resources are provided on their websites, such as information on therapy, brain training, medication, and support with school and work.

Oakland, CA

Thought Diary

Thought Diary helps you evaluate, understand, and change your thoughts and feelings. Using this app, you can work to identify your emotions, analyze how and why you’re feeling this way, challenge those negative beliefs, and change your approach to all situations, and make long-lasting changes in your thinking and behavior.

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