Central Coast Mental Health Resources and Organizations

Central Coast Resources and Institutions

For the month of May, KSBW 8 highlights the struggles teens deal with when it comes to their mental health and community organizations that lend a helping hand. Below is a list of resources for people or their families with mental health issues on the Central Coast. Monterey County 24/7 Behavioral Health Crisis Team: 888-258-6029 Mobile Response Team – Children and Young People 21 and Under: 831-687-4379 Suicide Prevention Hotline: 877-663-5433 Crisis Text Support 24/7: SEND HOME To 741-741National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 779-SAFE (7233) Local Domestic Violence Crisis Line (bilingual) 831-372-6300 The Trevor Project Lifeline – Help for LGBTQ Youth + 24/7: (866) 488 -7386 or text START to 678 -678 Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255 (TALK), press “1” for the City of Veterans National Hotline: (800) 3000-448 or text VOICE to 20121 Monterey County Rape Crisis: (24/7) Call 831-424-4357 or 375-4357 Santa Cruz County Youth Emergency Response Team (MERTY): Southern County residents age 21 and younger with mental health needs can call the hotline and doctors will respond Bilingual licensees working in the county and a “family support partner” in a car. The team also provides out-of-school services, after-school programs, and religious organizations. Call 1-800-952-2335. The helpline at 831-427-8020 provides referrals and instructions for calling 911 and a clearinghouse for other mental health services in Santa Cruz County. The Spanish helpline is 831-205-7074. Mental health and urgent care services are available 24 hours a day by calling 831-454-4170 or 800-952-2335. Intentional peer support, “an evidence-based communication method that increases self-confidence for people with serious diagnoses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, PTSD, anxiety disorder, and others. Call the Peer Line at 831-469-0479 or visit 1051 Cayuga St, Santa Cruz San Benito County San Benito County Behavioral Health Department San Benito County Behavioral Health provides specialized mental health services, including substance abuse, to residents of San Benito County. Medi-Cal The Central Coast Family Service Agency Serving Tri-County The Central Coast Family Service Agency provides essential resources, support, and counseling services to healthy families and communities National Crisis Text Line: 741741 Emmaus Home/San Benito County Domestic Violence Shelter for Women and Children* 24-hour hotline: 1-877-778-7978

For the month of May, KSBW 8 highlights the struggles teens deal with when it comes to their mental health and community organizations that lend a helping hand.

Below is a list of resources for people or their families with mental health issues on the Central Coast.


Monterey County

Santa Cruz County

  • Mobile Emergency Response Team for Youth (MERTI): Southern County residents age 21 and younger who have mental health needs can call the hotline and licensed bilingual doctors working in the county and a Family Support Partner will respond in a car. The team also provides out-of-school services, after-school programs, and religious organizations.
  • The 831-427-8020 helpline provides referrals and instructions for calling 911 and a clearinghouse for other mental health services in Santa Cruz County.
  • Mental health and urgent care services are available 24 hours a day by calling 831-454-4170 or 800-952-2335.
  • Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN): Peer support workers are trained in intentional peer support, which is “an evidence-based communication method that increases the subjective capacity of people with serious diagnoses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorder.” , and others.
    • Call the Peer Line at 831-469-0479 or visit 1051 Cayuga St, Santa Cruz.

San Benito County

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