Resources and Contact Information
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters such as COVID-19.
Call or Text 9-1-1. Ask for a Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) officer or go to your nearest hospital emergency room if you can safely get there.
NAMI Crisis Info & Suicide Prevention
Crisis Text Line Text "HOME" to 741741 or "VOICE" to 20121
Rape Trauma Services 650-692-7273
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-TALK or 8255
Star Vista also has a suicide hotline: 650-579-0350
- Onyourmind is a StarVista program that is a safe, anonymous chatroom for teens to talk about relationships, school, depression, stress, suicide, friends, parents, cutting, identity, etc. Hours are 3:30pm - 7:30pm M-Th only.
A Guide to Sleeping With Coronavirus Anxiety
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Anxiety Resources - NASW Help Starts Here
Tell Me About Depression - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Bipolar Disorder - 4 types - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Teen Depression - Mayo Clinic
Facts About Teen Depression - WebMD
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes
Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Mark Abrahamson
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
International OCD Foundation
Abel Grebenik, MA
Child Behavior Consultant
Ziba Taghipour, MFT
Los Altos and Los Gatos
Book by Krissy Pozatek, LICSW
The Parallel Process: Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment
Using case studies garnered from her many years as an adolescent and family therapist, Krissy Pozatek shows parents of pre-teens, adolescents, and young adults how they can help their children by attuning to emotions, setting limits, not rushing to their rescue, and allowing them to take responsibility for their actions, while recognizing their own patterns of emotional withdrawal, workaholism, and of surrendering their lives and personalities to parenting.
Outlet - Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)
Founded in 1997, Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet envisions a world that embraces, empowers, and celebrates LGBTQQ+ youth. Outlet officially became a program of ACS in 2013.
CORA - Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
24 hour hotline: 800.300.1080
Legal advice line: 650-259-1855
Get Help With Your Addiction
Treatment and Drug Rehab for Teens
Alcohol Treatment Program for Teens
The Recovery Village
See also Understanding Addiction and Paths to Recovery
Alcohol Rehab Guide - Support Options
Psychological Effects of Alcoholism
Effects of Nicotine on the Brain
Educational Counseling and Planning
The Bodin Group Educational & Therapeutic Consultants
Los Altos, CA
McClure, Mallory, Baron & Ross Educational Counseling & Planning
Dr. Trudy A. Hartman
800 Menlo Ave Ste 120, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Dr. Wesley Dunn
345 Lorton Ave #104, Burlingame, CA 94010
Dr. Deval Shah
518 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Dr. Sara Cheyette
Sutter-PAMF San Carlos: (650) 596-4000
Sutter-PAMF Palo Alto: (650) 853-2992
Sutter-PAMF San Mateo: (650) 343-4200
Resources for Autism Disorders
Tony Attwood was one of the first clinicians to describe Asperger’s Syndrome for parents. His site features work-in-progress papers on a wide range of issues related to Asperger’s Syndrome, resources, and his speaking schedule.
The UC Davis MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute was created by a small group of parents of children on the Autistic Spectrum driven to find the cause and treatment for Autism. The MIND institute has become a center for research and clinical services.
This website describes the research programs underway in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department at Stanford Medical School.
A recent article on the debate regarding the new criteria for autistic disorders in DSM-V, the elimination of the Asperger's diagnosis.
Online Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS), site created by parents.
The Friends Program - Laurie Leventhal-Belfer, Ph.D.
A therapeutic group program in Palo Alto designed to address the developing needs of young children with Asperger's Disorder and their families.
The Help Group is a highly regarded non-profit organization serving families and children with special needs related to autism, ASD/Asperger's disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental retardation, abuse and emotional problems.
Michelle Garcia Winner is a speech and language pathologist who has done extensive work with children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum both individually and in groups. She is the director of the Center for Social Thinking, which offers speech oriented social skills groups, professional training, and school consultations.
Executive Functioning / Processing Skills / ADD / ADHD
Learning Efficiency Leap 3.0
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Learning Disabilities Online
Neuropsychology and Educational Testing
Westerfield Psychological Assessment
Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, Inc.
The Pratt Center
Nancy E. Sullivan, Ph.D.
NEAT - Neuropsychology - Education - Assessment - Treatment
340 Second Street, Suite 14
Los Altos, CA 94022
1733 Woodside Road, Ste 230
Redwood City, CA. 94061
Child Mind Institute: Resources for parents during COVID-19, including report on Telehealth
Parents Helping Parents is a family resource center for children with special needs (mental, physical, emotional, or learning disabilities). They have groups that meet to discuss a wide range of relevant issues.
Resources for parents offered by the American Psychological Association.
California Department of Education
500 Ways Busy Parents can Help their Children Succeed in School