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13 Reasons Why

Although this is a sensationalized account of a popular novel, the series provides a vehicle to consider important issues about the vulnerability of teenagers, the acute emotions they feel and must navigate, and how adults and students in their lives can sometimes completely miss cries for help, or even worse, contribute to the pain of these vulnerable teens. -Ari Bennett, Principal, Polytechnic High School


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If you need IMMEDIATE help, call 911.

For a psychiatric emergency, contact the Department of Mental Health 24-hour ACCESS Center at (800) 854-7771.


Community Hotlines

  • Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline (877) 727-4747 (24 hours)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255) (24 hours)
  • Trevor Lifeline (866) 488-7386 (24 hours)
  • Teen Line (800) 852-8336 (6pm-10pm daily)


Text and Chat Resources

  • Crisis Text Line – 24/7, free confidential crisis support, all by text message. Text LA to 741741 to reach a trained crisis counselor.
  • Crisis Chat (11am-11pm, daily) www.crisischat.org/chat
  • Teen Line - text “TEEN” to 839863


Online Resources

·         Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

·         California Mental Health Services Authority, Each Mind Matters

·         National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (800) 950-NAMI

·         Mental Health America


Community Based Resources
211 – Bilingual call specialists are available 24 hours/day to help citizens navigate community, social, health and government services in Los Angeles County.

healthycity.org – Healthy City is an information and action resource for service referrals and social change. Healthy City provides data and mapping tools to help you build a better community. The Healthy City team also partners directly with organizations to develop research strategies and web tools that fuel social change.

School Mental Health Resource Guide of Agencies and Social Services – SMH Resource Guide is an extensive list of community based resources in the Greater Los Angeles area. Included in the guide is contact information for the following types of resources: Basic Needs/Emergency; Child Care; Gang Prevention/Intervention; Grief/Loss; Hotlines; LAUSD; Legal/Advocacy; Medical; Mental Health; Parenting; Shelter/Housing; Substance Abuse; Tutoring/Education; and Vocational.
Resources for Families
Resources for Professionals

Click here to be taken to lausdsmh.net for detailed SMH News and Resources

Click here to learn more about Friends of School Mental Health (FSMH) or to access a grant application.

Resources for Staff

SMH Strategic Plan Summary Handout

 Books & Further Reading
Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community by Alfie Kohn
Building Resilience to Trauma by Elaine Miller-Karas
Help for Billy:  A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom by Heather Forbes
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
Lost at School  by Ross Greene
Other People’s Children  by Lisa Delpit
Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt:  Strategies for Your Classroom by Susan E. Craig
The Compassionate Classroom by Sura Hart
The Explosive Child by Ross Greene
Trauma-Sensitive Schools  by Susan E. Craig