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Mental Health and Wellness

Crisis Services

Video: 10 Common Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition in Teens and Young Adults

Services for Students in Crisis

If you feel that your friend is in immediate risk of self-harm or harming anyone else, call 911 and ask the dispatcher to send a crisis intervention team (CIT) officer.
Mobile Crisis provides 24/7 suicide crisis response and referrals: 408-379-9085
Crisis Stabilization Unit provides suicide assessment and stabilization: 408-364-4083

Support During School Hours (8:00am - 3:30pm)

Please see Cariann Lee in the Administration building to get help for yourself or a friend at Los Altos High, or speak to any other adult staff member. You can also use the confidential drop boxes in the library, attendance office or administration building. We will get you the help you need. 

Support During Non-School Hours - Contact one of the support agencies below:

For support via text: TEXT “START” to 741-741
Phone hotline support:
  • National Suicide Hotline:  800-784-2433
  • Rape Hotline:  408-287-3000  or  650-493-7273
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders:  630-577-1330
  • BRAVE hotline for bullied youth:  212-709-3222
  • SAFE (self-abuse finally ends):  800-273-8255
  • LGBT Youth Hotline: 800-246-7743

Mental Health Services

On-Site Support Programs
Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)
All of CHAC's programs are designed to protect young people from high-risk behaviors such as alcohol use, illicit drug use, violence, and premature sexual activity, while building personal assets such as school success, valuing diversity, maintaining good health, and the ability to delay gratification; all of which will help insure that they have the greatest chance for success in life. A critical component of CHAC’s work is an “integrated care” model of working with four school districts to support the psychological and emotional well-being of students in K-12. All school programs are provided free of charge to students and their families. CHAC’s school-based on-site counseling services address social, emotional and mental health issues affecting students’ ability to learn. Staff consultation and training services enhance student support and success in the classroom.
More information is available by e-mail to or by calling (650) 965-2020.

The following organizations offer expedited evaluations for possible mental health conditions in youth:

Bay Area Clinical Associates serves youth through age 25, takes insurance, and has offices in San Jose, San Mateo and Oakland. Fill out the online appointment request form at and someone will contact you within 48 hours.
El Camino Hospital's ASPIRE intensive outpatient program, an eight- to 12-week after-school program for children, teens and young adults with anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions, offers free assessments and serves youth through age 25, covered by all insurance and Medi-Cal. Call 650-940-7000 (Mountain View) or 866-789-6089 to schedule a free, confidential assessment.
Palo Alto nonprofit Children's Health Council serves youth up to age 17 and offers free 30-minute care consultations: 650-688-3625; Español, 650-688-3650. CHC also offers teen therapy services and an after-school intensive outpatient program (IOP) for 14- to 18-year-olds with moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression. CHC is now accepting IOP referrals at 650-688-3625 or

Wellness Resources

Well Within
Well Within is a program of CHAC which deals with substance abuse treatment and prevention for teens and adults.