In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, KHTS AM-1220 is highlighting the numerous programs and counseling options available for Santa Clarita Valley residents in need.
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The list below is from a coalition of Santa Clarita Valley officials who are working in concert to increase awareness and communication about local resources.
Mental health concerns are linked to numerous problems, but the message the group is trying to spread is that there is always someone to talk to, and the Santa Clarita Valley offers a variety of free and low-cost options for those seeking help.
It’s also important to keep in mind that anybody can be at risk for suicide and there is no single stereotype of a person at risk of suicide, according to Suicide Prevention Resource Center officials.
There are three steps in preventing suicide: Ask, listen and stay with them, and get help.
If someone is showing signs of being suicidal, ask them directly and unambiguously and be prepared for the answer, she said. It will decrease their risk because it shows someone is willing help.
If they say they are suicidal, listen and allow the person to express their feelings and let them “tell their story.” Do not leave them alone.
And lastly, get help. Get the person appropriate help. Help is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or at suicideprevention.org.
Here are some warning signs for those who might know someone or be in need themselves, courtesy of Larry Schallert, assistant director of the Student Health & Wellness/Mental Health Program at College of the Canyons:
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme moods
There are 24-hour numbers available. In the event of an emergency, 911 should always be the first call. Those looking to speak with someone can call 1-800-273-8255, for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; 1-800-854-7771, for The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; and 1-800-784-2433, for The Treatment Advocacy Center. You can contact the SCV Child & Family Center at 661-259-9439. The phone number for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project is 661-257-9688.
Mental Health and other Resources for Santa Clarita Valley and Surrounding Areas
College of the Canyons Student Health & Wellness Resource Website:
Child & Family Center, Santa Clarita
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Behavioral Health Free and Confidential MH Screening Website:
Mental Health America
Mental Health: It’s Part of All Our Lives
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Institute for Mental Health
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
SAMHSA Site for Coping with Disaster and Traumatic Events
Santa Clarita City Mental Health Resource Page
SCV Youth Project
ACCESS (DMH Mental Health Hotline)
Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center
Child & Family Center, Santa Clarita (Children, Youth and Adults)
Child and Family Guidance Center – Northridge
College of the Canyons Student Health & Wellness Center
Counseling 4 Kids
Counseling West – Adult and Children Sherman Oaks
Department of Mental Health (DMH) ACCESS Line:
Didi Hirsch – Children & Adult Mental Health & Substance Abuse
East Valley Youth & Family Center
El Centro de Amistad
Gay & Lesbian National Hotline
Grace Baptist Church
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Behavioral Health
Henry Mayo Hospital Behavioral Health Services
Kaiser Behavioral Health
Mission City Community Network, Inc.-Medication
Olive View Urgent Care for Mental Health
Prima Pediatrics – Medication Evaluation
Regional Center (North Los Angeles County Regional Center)
San Fernando Mental Health Center-County DMH
Santa Clarita Mental Health
Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry
Santa Clarita Valley Service Center
Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project
Single Mothers Outreach (661) 298-9593
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
911 or 661-255-1121
The Help Group
The Village and Family Services and Youth Drop In Center
Urgent Mental Health Care (DMH) in Sylmar
Valencia Counseling Associates
Valley Child Guidance Center Palmdale
Valley Coordinated Children Services
Valley Prevention & Treatment Center – Children & Adults
Strengths United (formerly Valley Trauma Center)
Other Services/Support Groups
ACTION Family Counseling
A Light of Hope Ages 13-30
www.alightofhopescv.org (661) 513-4325
Because I Love You (Parents & Youth Support Groups)
Bridge to Home Client Services Center
DCFS Child Protection Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline Admin
661-259-8175 Hotline 661-259-4357
Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Council On Alcohol & Drugs
Salvation Army Services (Canoga Park)
SCV Pregnancy Center (Screening, options counseling)
Basta,Fawzy, MD. Adolescent & Adults
Berglund, Robin, M.D.
Best, Andrea, M.D.
Daniels, Marsha, MD
Li, Eric MD
McDonald Mark, MD
Steinberg, Lance, MD
Licensed Psychologists – All listed below will see Adults & Children
C &FC Family Wellness Program
Criss-Hagerty, Julie, Ph.D
Nancy Dunbar, Ph.D.
Hamlin, Greg, PsyD:
Harter, Karen, Ph.D.
Mahler, Bonnie, Ph.D.
Peters Glen Psy.D:
Resendez, Larry, Psy.D.
Steinman, Lynne, Ph.D. (Adults only)
Theberge, Denise, Ph.D.
Witkin, Michelle, Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Child & Family Center Family Wellness Program
Lori Crawford, LCSW
Claudia Janes, MFT
Christopher C. Jones, CAGS Dynamic Intervention
Walter King, M.ED., M F T
Jeffrey Lumaya, LCSW
Carole Lutness, LCSW
Helen Meek MFT
Richard Posalski LCSW
Debbie Reed, M.S., MFT
Wendy Schultz, MFT
Charlotte Strong, LCSW
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None of the links work (yes I can copy and paste). Hey… KHTS… You claim to want to help but post an unorganized set of links… Please don’t placate SCV… Be a leader… OR NOT… Truly address issue and please don’t just feed us links for someone else….
So sorry for everyone involved. It’s so sad that emotional health is not taught in school and that therapy has such a negative image. If only he thought he could get help. Such a loss.