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Mental Health

Violence & Abuse


AlaTeen (Alanon Santa Barbara)
(805) 899-8302
Offers self-help groups for youth with alcoholic relatives and/or friends.

(800) 477-6291 (Information Hotline) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Offers self-help groups for relatives and friends of drug abusers.


California Youth Crisis Hotline
(800) 843-5200 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Confidential. Provides crisis support to youth and their families. Helps with youth feeling misunderstood or overwhelmed and needing to talk to someone about what’s happening in their life. Provides phone support and referrals for local resources. For youth ages 12 – 24 and their families. English, Spanish, other languages.

Crisis Hotline and Helpline Service
(877) 541-2525 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Assists callers with a wide variety of struggles and personal situations through a non-biased, non-judgmental, and anonymous environment. Addresses topics such as depression, anxiety, loss and grief, family and domestic violence, sexual orientation, substance abuse, physical or mental abuse, coping and struggling with mental health disorders, crisis, and suicide, open to various topics along with offering community resources. Open to all California residents.

Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter
301 West Figueroa Street Santa Barbara
(866) 435-7833 (Hotline)
Offers a licensed residential eight-bed group home and shelter for runaway and at-risk youth. Services include residential and non-residential assistance. Provides therapeutic groups, activities, family reunification counseling, community referrals, and crisis counseling. Residential services can be offered to youth age 10-17. Shelter services and counseling available up to age 18.

Salvation Army 
4849 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
(805) 964-8738                       
Offers social services, and food and alcohol and drug assistance and casework services.


California AIDS HIV Hotline
(800) 628-9240
Offers emotional support, information about AIDS and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National AIDS Hotline 
(800) CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
Or text CONNECT to 741741
Offers information about AIDS and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National STD Hotline 
(800) 232-4636
Offers information about STD's and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in English and in Spanish.

Mental Health

Mental Wellness Center
(888) 868-1649
Offers courses and information for teens on how to self-regulate emotions.

National Hopeline Network
(800) 442-HOPE
Provides a 24/7 free and confidential crisis hotline for anyone who is feeling depressed, hopeless, or suicidal.

Safe Alternatives in Treating Youth (SAFTY)                      
115 South La Cumbre Lane, Suite 200 Santa Barbara
(888) 334-2777
Child/youth ages 20 and under in Santa Barbara County that is engaging in unsafe behaviors that put him/her at risk of out-of-home placement. These behaviors include suicidal or self-harm ideation or behaviors, aggressive behavior towards others at home or in the community, high risk behavior (ie. substance abuse, running away from home).


California Personal Responsibility Program  
5638 Hollister Avenue, Suite 230 Goleta
(805) 902-2243
Intended for youth to develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills to reduce the risk for HIV, STD's and unplanned pregnancy. The program emphasizes risk reduction strategies such as asexual abstinence and condom use.

Trevor Project Crisis Intervention and Prevention Resources
(866) 488-7386
Provides support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Free and confidential services include: Trevor Lifeline - a national hotline. Whether the caller is in crisis, suicidal or just needing someone to talk to, trained counselors are available to provide support seven days a week, 24-hours a day. TrevorChat - an online messaging service intended for those not at risk for suicide. Available on website seven days a week, 12noon-7pm. TrevorText - a secure service in which one can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention. Monday - 12noon-7pm Text "Trevor" to 202-304-1200.


 Crisis Text Hotline
Text CONNECT to 741741
Provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention. Offers counseling and referrals.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8225) (Toll-free Hotline) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in English and in Spanish. Provides assistance to anyone is a suicidal crisis. Connects individual to closest possible crisis center.

Violence and Abuse

Love is Respect: National Dating Abuse Helpline
(866) 331-9474 24/7 Hotline
Offers 24/7 resource specifically designed for teens and young adults with real-time support from peer advocates regarding dating abuse. Offers support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement and service providers.

Brighter Tomorrows
(972) 262-8383 (Hotline)
Provides crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence. Offers referrals for individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, etc. 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, in English and Spanish.

Childhelp USA – National Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 422-4453
Crisis intervention, information, literature and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233
Confidential support and assistance for anyone involved in domestic violence. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also has a live chat function.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-4673
Free Confidential Advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Note: This number will connect you to your local rape crisis center.)