WARM LINE/HELP DESK: 650-638-0800


Support for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

NAMI SMC offers support for youth with a mental health diagnosis and for their families.

Support Groups for Parents of Youth and Young Adults

NAMI: For Parents of Youth & Young Adults
For family members with children ages 6-26 who have received a diagnosis.

San Mateo Medical Center: 222 W. 39th Ave & Edison, Board Room (main entrance elevator to 2nd floor, left to the end of hall).  San Mateo.  (650) 638-0800.

(Park in the large lot on the west side of the building off 37th Avenue. Enter building through the “Hospital & Clinic West & follow the NAMI signs to the 2nd floor Board Room, W-225).

2ND MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm.

Other Support Groups and Local Services

Parent Chat.  For parent/caregivers of kids aged 14-24 with mental health challenges.  2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm.  Orchard Room, Los Altos Library, 13 San Antonio Road.  Info:  Trudy Palmer 650 208 9116 or Donna Soo 650 823 0997.

SafeSpace. Provides support and clinical assessment to help you overcome struggles you may be having in your personal life at home or school.  Walk In or appointment.  708 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park.  Clinical Services:  1162 & 1166 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. safespace.org (650) 714-4417 infor@safespace.org

StarVista Counseling, skill development and crisis prevention to children, youth, adults and families.  Youth peer to peer training.  24 hour emergency and temporary housing for runaway and homeless youth and families in crisis.  Crisis Hotline (650) 579-0350 (800) 273-8255, 800-SUICIDE.  Parent Support Line:  (650) 579-0358/(888) 220-7575.  Alcohol and Drug Line (650) 579-0356. 
“Peer-supported teen crisis chat” offers a private, anonymous one-to-one chat and crisis & suicide service. www.OnYourMind.net

ASPIRE El  Camino Hospital.  After School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) helps children, teens and young adults with anxiety, depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition.  Middle school, High school and transitional program.  (866) 789-6089 www.elcaminohospital.org/services/mental-health/specialty-programs/aspire.

Sutter Health Mills Peninsula Teenage Mental Health Services  Teenage mental health services for ages 13-18 Psychiatric emergency services, intensive outpatient therapy.  (650) 696-4666 for appointment.  (650) 696-5915 for psychiatric emergency services.  www.mills-peninsula.org/behavioral-health/teenagers/

The Gronowski Center   A psychology training clinic dedicated to providing compassionate counseling and psychotherapy services to adults, older adults, couples, adolescents, children and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Sliding scale.  Servcies are provided by doctoral level psychology students under the supervision of licensed psychologists.  (650) 961-9300 www.paloaltou.edu/gronowski-center

Adolescent Counseling Services  Supports the wellbeing of all teens, tweens, and young adults in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  ACS’ network of skilled family therapists and professionally-led suppport groups are resources that youth and their families can rely on time and again for help with life’s challenges, big or small! (650) 424-0852  info@acs-teens.org 

Children’s Health Council   Offers evaluations, programs and treatment for ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism and servces families on the Peninsula and South Bay as well as the greater San Francisico Bay Area through our clinical services, schools and community education and outreach programs.  (650) 688-3624  www.chconline.org

Children’s Health Council   CHC recently opened an Intensive Outpatient Program for teens ages 14-18 needing a higher level of DBT skill building and care for anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. CHC Intensive Outpatient Program or call 650.688.3625
Español 650.688.3650.

Family and Children Service of Silicon Valley  Services for Children, Teens and their Families.  Individual and family couonseling services (sliding fee scale and private pay).  Medi-Cal mental health services.  Mental Health services for children who are Feaf/Hard of Hearing and their families.  School based counseling and family support services.  (650) 326-6576 www.fcservices.org/

Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health  Early Mental Health Support and Clinical Care for more serious conditions.  Education (parent ed and outreach) and community partnerships, technology program.  (650) 723-7704  med.stanford.edu/psychiatry/special-initiatives/youthwellbeing.html

YMCA Youth Services Bureau  Offers clinical counseling services in three clinics in  San Mateo County on a sliding fee scale and free to Medi-Cal and Victims of Crime (VOC).  Works with 50 schools providing on site counseling and assessment; crisis interventions, on-campus violence prevention and adolescent life skills/support groups. (650) 349-7969 www.ymcasf.org/programs/youth-service-bureaus-urban-services

Other Resources




NAMI SMC offers Ending the Silence Presentations.   A Mental Health Awareness Program for Youth.   Please email our Education Coordinator to schedule a presentation:  education@namisanmateo.org

NAMI is delighted to announce an interactive presentation that helps teens to learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions as well as what steps they should take to find support for themselves or their friends..

One in five teens ages 13-18 experience a mental health condition in a given year and 80% of them are not currently receiving treatment.

NAMI Ending the Silence is a interactive presentation that includes a young adult living with mental illness who shares their journey of recovery.  Teens will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain understanding of an often misunderstood topic.  Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.


Why should I bring NAMI Ending the Silence to my community?

  • Currently, about 50% of youth ages 14 and older with a mental health condition will drop out of school.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
  • About half of individuals with a mental health condition began experiencing symptoms by age 14.
  • The average delay between onset of symptoms and receiving treatment is 8-10 years.
  • Treatment works!  With early identification and intervention there is hope

What should I know?

  • Engaging, 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school age youth.
  • Teens will learn early warning signs and what steps they can take to help themselves or a friend.
  • Free of cost to  schools, youth and communities.
  • Presented by a youth adult who experienced a mental health condition during their school years as well as a family member of an individual who experienced mental health challenges in school.